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Thirty-Minute Theatre is an anthology drama series of short plays shown on BBC Television between 1965 and 1973, which was used in part at least as a training ground for new writers, on account of its short running length, and which therefore attracted many writers who later became well known. Thirty-Minute Theatre followed on from a similarly named ITV series, beginning on BBC2 in 1965 with an adaptation of the black comedy Parsons Pleasure. In 1967 BBC2 launched the UK's first colour service, with the consequence that Thirty-Minute Theatre became the first drama series in the country to be shown in colour.

Series Cast

  1. Derek Francis as

    Derek Francis

    2 Episodes

  2. Keith Barron as

    Keith Barron

    2 Episodes

  3. John Franklyn-Robbins as

    John Franklyn-Robbins

    2 Episodes

  4. Earl Cameron as

    Earl Cameron

    2 Episodes

  5. Marius Goring as Mr Ponge and The Interrogator

    Marius Goring

    Mr Ponge, The Interrogator

    2 Episodes

  6. Julian Glover as

    Julian Glover

    2 Episodes

  7. Tenniel Evans as Padstow

    Tenniel Evans


    2 Episodes

  8. Claire Nielson as

    Claire Nielson

    2 Episodes

  9. Beryl Reid as

    Beryl Reid

    1 Episode

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Last Season

Season 1

1965 • 288 Episodes

Season 1 of Thirty-Minute Theatre premiered on October 7, 1965.

The Museum Attendent

(1x287, August 2, 1973)

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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