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Play of the Month is a BBC television anthology series featuring productions of classic and contemporary stage plays which were usually broadcast on BBC1. Each production featured a different work, often using prominent British stage actors in the leading roles. The series was transmitted from October 1965 to September 1983; the producer most associated with the Play of the Month was Cedric Messina.

Some of the 121 episodes are missing from the archives, having been junked in the 1960s and 1970s. Unless stated otherwise, the indication that the play is "lost" is taken from the lostshows.com website page as of 25 May 2013.

Series Cast

  1. Eric Porter as Macbeth, Councillor Albert Parker, Cyrano De Bergerac, and Arthur Winslow

    Eric Porter

    Macbeth, Councillor Albert Parker, Cyrano De Bergerac, Arthur Winslow

    4 Episodes

  2. Jerome Willis as The Sea Captain and Le Bret

    Jerome Willis

    The Sea Captain, Le Bret

    3 Episodes

  3. Frank Finlay as Marcus Brutus, Sancho Panza, and Voltaire

    Frank Finlay

    Marcus Brutus, Sancho Panza, Voltaire

    3 Episodes

  4. Ian Ogilvy as Thomas Aimwell, Rev. Gavin Dishart, and Candide

    Ian Ogilvy

    Thomas Aimwell, Rev. Gavin Dishart, Candide

    3 Episodes

  5. Charles Gray as Mr. Beebe, Adrian Blenderbland, and Gayev

    Charles Gray

    Mr. Beebe, Adrian Blenderbland, Gayev

    3 Episodes

  6. Geoffrey Bayldon as Sergei Voinitsev, Anna's stepson, Cajetan, and Dyadin

    Geoffrey Bayldon

    Sergei Voinitsev, Anna's stepson, Cajetan, Dyadin

    3 Episodes

  7. Jeremy Brett as Captain Jack Absolute and Joseph Surface

    Jeremy Brett

    Captain Jack Absolute, Joseph Surface

    3 Episodes

  8. T. P. McKenna as Sir Lucius O'Trigger and Kommissarov

    T. P. McKenna

    Sir Lucius O'Trigger, Kommissarov

    2 Episodes

  9. Jenny Agutter as Anya and Hedvig Ekdal

    Jenny Agutter

    Anya, Hedvig Ekdal

    2 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 16

1983 • 3 Episodes

Season 16 of Play of the Month premiered on May 22, 1983.


(16x3, September 12, 1983) Season Finale

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Play of the Month


Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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