The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Series of one-off plays made by BBC television which gave breaks to a wide range of writers and directors in the late 60s, such as Dennis Potter, Ken Loach, David Mercer and John Hopkins. ...
Catch as Catch Can
Three people, a man convicted of cowardice, a Lesbian and a self obsessed Blonde are put in a small, stark room with a few garish modern artworks and three benches. All have died and are in...
Dan, Dan, the Charity Man
The Cat's Cradle
3 Clear Sundays
A dull witted young labourer from a criminal family is sent to gaol for a minor crime, leaving his pregnant girlfriend unmarried. But while there he is talked into attacking a guard, who ...
The Good Shoemaker and the Poor Fish Peddler
The Man Without Papers
The Seven O'Clock Crunch
Written for THE WEDNESDAY PLAY (1964-70), which the BBC retitled PLAY FOR TODAY in 1970, ALICE has the earliest airdate (10/13/65) of the Potter productions to survive on tape. After THE ...
Up the Junction
Fragments of the life of three working-class women, and the people around them, in South London in the 1960s. Scenes in homes, streets, pubs, prison and their workplace cover family, friendship, romance, sex, and abortion.
The End of Arthur's Marriage
A simple minded man on the outs with his wife and her family must take a large amount of his father-in-law's hard earned money to buy a house, in the belief that home ownership will make ...
Stand Up, Nigel Barton
Semi-autobiographical TV play by Dennis Potter, from the BBC's 'Wednesday Play' series. It deals with the experiences of Nigel Barton, a young man from a poor mining community who wins a ...
Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton
Candidate Nigel Barton goes from idealism to cynicism as he becomes disillusioned and suspicious of hollow campaign promises.
The Coming Out Party
The Bone Yard
Who's a Good Boy Then?
The Big Man Coughed and Died
The Snow Ball
Toddler on the Run
A Hero of Our Time
Where the Buffalo Roam
BBC TV play from the 'Wednesday Play' series. Hywel Bennett plays a mentally disturbed Welsh teenager obsessed with Wild West films. His volatile temperament loses him the few people who ...
The Head Waiter
Cathy Come Home
From the BBC's influential 'Wednesday Play' series. This tells the bleak tale of Cathy, who loses her home, husband and eventually her child through the inflexibility of the British welfare...
The Mayfly and the Frog
In Two Minds
In a series of small vignettes, we follow the course of a manic-depressive girl through high and low instances, slowly following her disintegration as she deals with her doctors and family,...
The Profile of a Gentleman
The Fat of the Land
Jamie, on a Flying Visit
The Drummer and the Bloke
Rebel in the Grave
Let's Murder Vivaldi
Two couples, one fights all the time and the others let tensions in their relationship build until one stabs the other, the ones that fight end up saying oh well let's murder Vivaldi they pick up their violins and play together.
The Golden Vision
The Man Behind You
From of the BBC's 'Wednesday Play' series. A comedy in which a teenage boy reluctantly accompanies his ghastly family on a coarse bank-holiday day out to local beauty spot and tourist trap,...
A Night with Mrs. Da Tanka
A Bit of Crucifixion Father
Nothing Will Be the Same
A Beast with Two Backs
Part of the BBC's celebrated 'Wednesday Play' series of the 1960s, this early work by Dennis Potter is set in an isolated New Forest community in 19th Century Britain. A young local girl is...
On the Eve of Publication
Doctor Atkinson's Daughter
The Big Flame
Dock workers under the threat of redundancy, work day and night in an attempt to keep employed by running the workforce themselves.
Sling Your Hook
A Child and a Half
Son of Man
Dennis Potter's controversial reading of the life of Christ, with Jesus portrayed as a hearty, fiery, well-meaning carpenter who believes that people should try to love their enemies rather...
The Last Train through Harecastle Tunnel
A shy clerk suffers from his colleagues petty office politics and contemptuous treatment of him, but this weekend, as a deeply involved train spotter, the closing of an old tunnel is his ...
It Wasn't Me
The Season of the Witch
A young woman quits her dull job in the typing pool, and goes off on a search for personal freedom.