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Series 1

She's Been Away

Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four

Drama about an unexpected pact which develops between two women, one of whom has been away in a 'home' since she was a rebellious girl half a century ago. Show more

Contributors

Lillian Huckle:
Peggy Ashcroft
Director:
Peter Hall
Harriet Ambrose:
Geraldine James
Hugh Ambrose:
James Fox
Dominic Ambrose:
Jackson Kyle
Young Lillian:
Rebecca Pidgeon
George:
Hugh Lloyd
Mental Hospital Nurse:
Brid Brennan
Mental Hospital Doctor:
David Hargreaves
Harley Street Doctor:
Richard Haddon Haines
Young Cousin Edward:
Barnaby Holm
Young Lillian's Father:
Donald Douglas
Producer:
Kenith Trodd
Movie Buff:
David Timson
City Friend at Party:
Malcolm Mudie
Traffic Warden:
Doyle Richmond
Supermarket Cashier:
Anne Haydn

Genres

Play For Today

Series 5

Leeds - United!

Duration: 1 hour, 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Female workers at a textile factory clash with their own union in Colin Welland's story of a strike.

Night Waves

The Singing Detective

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet and guests discuss Dennis Potter's television series The Singing Detective. With Kenith Trodd, actor Bill Paterson, critic Anne Karpf and writer Mark Gatiss. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Kenith Trodd
Interviewed Guest:
Bill Paterson
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Karpf
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Gatiss

The Singing Detective

Episode 5: Pitter Patter

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Dennis Potter's surreal drama with music. Marlow is getting better and the different strands of his fiction and reality begin to occupy the same time and place. Show more

Contributors

Philip Marlow:
Michael Gambon
Binney/Finney/Raymond:
Patrick Malahide
Nurse Mills:
Joanne Whalley
Mr Tomkey:
Leslie French
Director:
Jon Amiel
Producer:
Kenith Trodd
Mrs Marlow:
Alison Steadman
Mr Hall:
David Ryall
Reginald:
Gerard Horan
Mr Marlow:
Jim Carter
First Mysterious Man:
Ron Cook
Second Mysterious Man:
George Rossi
Staff Nurse White:
Imelda Staunton
Schoolteacher:
Janet Henfrey
Young Philip:
Lyndon Davies
Dr Gibbon:
Bill Paterson
Dance hall drummer:
John Sheraton
Mark Binney:
William Speakman

The Singing Detective

Episode 6: Who Done It

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

In the final part of Dennis Potter's classic drama serial with music, as fiction and fact fight for the same space, the plots and narratives head to their conclusions. Show more

Contributors

Philip Marlow:
Michael Gambon
Mark Binney:
Patrick Malahide
Nurse Mills:
Joanne Whalley
Mr Tomkey:
Leslie French
Director:
Jon Amiel
Producer:
Kenith Trodd
Mrs Marlow:
Alison Steadman
Mr Hall:
David Ryall
Reginald:
Gerard Horan
Mr Marlow:
Jim Carter
First Mysterious Man:
Ron Cook
Second Mysterious Man:
George Rossi
Staff Nurse White:
Imelda Staunton
Schoolteacher:
Janet Henfrey
Philip (aged 10):
Lyndon Davies
Barbara:
Sam Bryant
Dr Gibbon:
Bill Paterson
Mark Binney (aged 10):
William Speakman
Night Nurse:
Sharon D Clarke
First Soldier:
Niven Boyd
Second Soldier:
David Thewlis
Physiotherapist:
Tricia George
Policeman:
Malcolm Storry

The Singing Detective

Episode 2: Heat

Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Dennis Potter's drama about a patient struggling to keep his sanity, with the help of his alter ego, the singing private eye. Marlow faces a talking cure with a psychologist. Show more

Contributors

Philip Marlow:
Michael Gambon
Mark Binney:
Patrick Malahide
Nurse Mills:
Joanne Whalley
Staff Nurse White:
Imelda Staunton
Mr Tomkey:
Leslie French
Director:
Jon Amiel
Producer:
John Harris
Producer:
Kenith Trodd
Mrs Marlow:
Alison Steadman
Dr Gibbon:
Bill Paterson
Mr Hall:
David Ryall
Reginald:
Gerard Horan
Mr Marlow:
Jim Carter
First Mysterious Man:
Ron Cook
Second Mysterious Man:
George Rossi
Night Nurse:
Sharon D Clarke
Dr Finlay:
Simon Chandler
George Adams:
Charles Simon
Registrar:
Thomas Wheatley
Sister Malone:
Mary MacLeod
Schoolteacher:
Janet Henfrey
Philip (aged 10):
Lyndon Davies

The Singing Detective

Episode 3: Lovely Days

Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Dennis Potter's drama serial with music. Marlow thinks back to the war when he was a little boy and remembers seeing his mother having illicit sex in the Forest of Dean. Show more

Contributors

Philip Marlow:
Michael Gambon
Mark Binney:
Patrick Malahide
Nurse Mills:
Joanne Whalley
Staff Nurse White:
Imelda Staunton
Mr Tomkey:
Leslie French
Director:
Jon Amiel
Producer:
Kenith Trodd
Mrs Marlow/Lili:
Alison Steadman
Dr Gibbon:
Bill Paterson
Mr Hall:
David Ryall
Reginald:
Gerard Horan
Mr Marlow:
Jim Carter
First Mysterious Man:
Ron Cook
Second Mysterious Man:
George Rossi
Night Nurse:
Sharon D Clarke
Dr Finlay:
Simon Chandler
George Adams:
Charles Simon
Schoolteacher:
Janet Henfrey
Philip (aged 10):
Lyndon Davies
Uncle John:
Ken Stott
Cloth Cap:
Trevor Cooper
Aunt Emily:
Jo Cameron Brown

Duration: 1 hour, 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the first Play for Today, this film celebrates the acclaimed series of controversial single dramas broadcast on BBC One between 1970 and 1984. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Martina Laird
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Ansorge
Interviewed Guest:
Roy Battersby
Interviewed Guest:
Rachel Billington
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Eyre
Interviewed Guest:
David Hare
Interviewed Guest:
Mike Leigh
Interviewed Guest:
Ken Loach
Interviewed Guest:
Kenith Trodd
Director:
John Wyver

Unnatural Pursuits

Episode 1: I'm the Author

Duration: 1 hour, 25 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Gray's intriguing drama about the tribulations of a playwright. Hamish Partt, played by Alan Bates, pursues perfections in his work as his life becomes chaotic. Show more

Unnatural Pursuits

Episode 2: I Don't Do Cuddles

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Four

A musical comic fantasy by Simon Gray. Despite his play's success, America starts to drive Hamish Partt crazy, and his personal demons threaten to take over. Show more