In the aftermath of the Guildford and Woolwich pub bombings, a large number of people of Irish descent were rounded up for questioning by the police in London. Most were subsequently released. But for the Maguire family, 3 December 1974 was the start of a nightmare that is only now ending.
Screenplay by Bill Morrison Director Moira Armstrong
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Antony Sher Patrick Shai
Joseph Mnwana arrives at Heathrow on a flight from
Johannesburg and asks for political asylum. But what is he fleeing from? The authorities are suspicious, and Joseph has an uncertain future in store.
Written by Allan Cubitt
Director Diarmuid Lawrence Producer Colin Ludlow
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A comedy starring Imelda Staunton and Saskia Reeves
Antonia and Jane's annual reunion dinner is the last remnant of a childhood friendship. As the evening approaches, each woman falls prey to paranoid recollections of the past year: mothers, lovers, careers and neuroses all crowd in as they prepare to measure up to each other once again.
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Winner of the 1988 Mobil Playwrighting
Competition and first performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
Starring David Jason The sentence for drug smuggling in Malaysia is death. Two English boys,
Ralph and Bryan, are 48 hours away from execution. Then their parents arrive.
Wntten by Michael Wall
Producer Richard Langridge Director Jane Howell
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The painful memories of the tragedy that awaited the people of Drimaghleen on 2 November 1988 have just begun to fade. Now Hetty
Fortune and her documentary team travel to Drimaghleen to piece those memories together into a story of horror.
Written by William Trevor
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by Leslie Megahey
A story of intrigue and romance in 16th-century Venice.
Starring Paul McGann, Simon Callow, Michael Gough, Diana Quick
When Cariani the painter falls in love with the beautiful girl who receives mysterious visitors in the rooms below, he is drawn into a web of danger and deceit.
With Louiza Livingstone, Robert Goodman and the voice of Charles Gray as the storyteller
A Screenplay/Arena presentation
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[Photo caption] Cariani (Paul McGann) gets rapidly out of his depth in the watery world of Venice
An original drama by Peter Flannery set against the events of last year's Romanian revolution.
Starring Bernard Hill , Bob Peck A young girl is shot in the head by Tudor Barbu , a member of the Securitate. His brother Octavian was the girl's teacher who 'filled her head with the ideas of truth'. The question is not how did she die, but why?
Producer George Faber. Director Jane Howell
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Written by William Trevor. Starring Sorcha Cusack Tim Mclnnerny
Grania did something 15 years ago that brought her great happiness but also great pain. The events of that day have been a heavy secret to bear that, if discovered, would devastate those closest to her.
Producer Robert Cooper
Director Diarmuid Lawrence
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Holly Chandler 's first film for television is about a woman and her daughter stranded in a rambling old house deep in the countryside of County Tyrone. Their economic circumstances are hopeless, but it is friends and former business associates who pose the greatest threat to their happiness.
Director/Producer Robert Cooper
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A new BBC film by Nick Perry , whose drama Arrivederci Millwall was shown in last year's season of ScreenPlay Firsts. Starring
Paul Bhattacharjee who appeared in the award-winning BBC drama series Shalom Salaam.
Sylvie, a Belgian girl living in London, arrives at her local police station. She starts to tell how she was picked up in a nightclub by the handsome Ajay, and the listening
DC Judd realises he is onto a most unusual case.
Producer Chris Parr Director Laura Sims
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A new BBC film.
Winner of the 1990 Radio rimes Drama Award.
Lou Hirsch , Amanda Boxer Raymond Gold , a 40-year-old Walter Mitty character from Philadelphia, is recruited to pass secrets of the atom bomb to the Russians in the 1940s.
His girlfriend Danica discovers he is a fantasist while the FBI suspect him of spying. His world falls apart, with tragi-comic results.
Written by John Random Producer Caroline Oulton Director Paul Tickell
0 CORRECTION: we wrongly stated that Broke, the ScreenPlay shown on 10 July, won this year's Radio Times Drama
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This new BBC film is an off-beat tragi-comedy, written by the alternative comedian
Owen O'Neill , and starring John Kavanagh
Exploding poets, randy bishops and bungling IRA hoodlums are causing havoc in a small town in Northern Ireland.
Kevin, an IRA recruit, and Fr Dade , the local priest, try to drive some sanity into their world. John Kavanagh appeared in an earlier ScreenPlay, Events at Drimaghleen.
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Winner of the Radio Times
Drama Awards, this week's
ScreenPlay is a black comedy written by Stephen Bill. It is the story of a small businessman and a deal that is about to break his family.
Producer Barry Hanson Director Alan Dossor
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A new season of dramas starts with Allan Cubitt 's moving story of a former society beauty with a mysterious past, starring Wendy Hiller
In 1935, Lady Alice Monroe caused a minor scandal when she married a Prussian count.
Now her middle-aged daughter wishes to visit the former family home in eastern
Germany. But the Countess is reluctant to let her go.
Allan Cubitt is the author of a Golden Prague Award-winning ScreenPlay, Land of Dreams, and ITV's forthcoming drama Prime Suspect 2.
Producer Colin Ludlow
Director Moira Armstrong
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Three films about the shady deals and bizarre encounters that tell the unofficial story of the new Europe.
Geraldine McEwan stars as an eccentric Scottish spinster who greets the collapse of communism by snapping up a statue of Lenin on the cheap and towing it home across a bemused or hostile Europe.
Written by Patricia Hannah Director Andrei Nekrasov
Business with Friends
Two members of the British fascist movement bring fraternal greetings to their neo-Nazi counterparts in Berlin. With Christopher Eccleston and Adie Allen.
Written by David Spencer Director Uwe Janson
Can't Stop Me Dreaming
Marijke (Marion Van Thyn ) and Pieter (Walter Van Dyk) were in love. Now it has gone sour, but they still have to finish their George Formby documentary on location in Lancashire.
Written and directed by Bernard Rudden
ScreenPlay producer Tatiana Kennedy
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Robbie Coltrane and John Sessions star as Dr Samuel Johnson and nis companion, biographer and fellow-writer James Boswell , in this irreverent account of their journey to the Hebrides in 1773. Johnson was already elderly and unfit, and their travels took them into a wild environment, far from the comparative comforts of literary London. During this arduous expedition the pair both kept journals, and these loosely form the basis of John Byrne's Screenplay, the last In the series.
Byrne, author of the acclaimed music-based series Tutti Frutti (in which Coltrane also starred) and Your Cheatin' Heart, has taken some historical liberties in bringing his two heroes to life in this warm, atmospheric portrait which marks his debut as a director.
Producer Nicholas Barton
A Paravision production for BBCtv
Meet Robbie Coltrane and John Sessions on location
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starring Hannah Gordon Kenneth Haigh Anna Massey with Martyn Stanbridge introducing Sammi Davis
Screenplay GILLIAN FREEMAN Based on the stage play by FRANK HARVEY
From the short story
On the Western Circuit by THOMAS HARDY
When Edith happens to witness the meeting at Salisbury Fair between
Charles, a barrister from
London, and Anna, her young maid, she little realises how her own feelings will become enmeshed in their courtship.
Music RICK WAKEMAN Designer GERRY SCOTT
Photography KENNETH MACMILLAN Film editor JOHN STOTHART
Executive producer BILL KENWRIGHT Producer LOUIS MARKS
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starring Anna Massey Googie Withers Patricia Hodge Julia McKenzie and Irene Handl
Screenplay CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON
From the prize-winning novel by ANITA BROOKNER
Edith Hope so horrifies her friends that they banish her to the solitude of a Swiss hotel. She decides to work out her exile by observing her few fellow-guests and soon finds herself entangled in their lives.
Original music by CARL DAVIS Producer SUE BIRTWISTLE Director GILES FOSTER (R)
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by ROSE TREMAIN starring Joan Hickson
Neglected by her family, kept apart from her grandchildren, desperately short of money, Bea begins to gamble - at first for small stakes, but ultimately for the highest stake of all: revenge for the past.
Photography JOHN WALKER Film editor KATE EVANS
Designer AUSTIN RUDDY Producer BRENDA REID
Director CHRIS GODDARD
by Andy Armitage
'Bricks have a future, Mr Clark - you can count on that. They're out there waiting to be taken!'
'There is one small problem.'
'Well - they're still attached to buildings, most of them, aren't they?'
Steve thinks there is a fortune in reclaimed bricks. But how will his ambition affect his girlfriend, Maureen, and his mates, Brad, Dez and Snapper?
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