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. ...

Season 1

Catch as Catch Can

Catch as Catch Can

TV Episode 1
In Camera

In Camera

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...

TV Episode 3
Dan, Dan, the Charity Man

Dan, Dan, the Charity Man

TV Episode 14
The Cat's Cradle

The Cat's Cradle

TV Episode 22
3 Clear Sundays

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 ...

TV Episode 23
The Good Shoemaker and the Poor Fish Peddler

The Good Shoemaker and the Poor Fish Peddler

TV Episode 26
The Man Without Papers

The Man Without Papers

TV Episode 31
The Pistol

The Pistol

TV Episode 32
The Seven O'Clock Crunch

The Seven O'Clock Crunch

TV Episode 33
Alice

Alice

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 ...

TV Episode 34
Up the Junction

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.

TV Episode 37
The End of Arthur's Marriage

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 ...

TV Episode 39
Stand Up, Nigel Barton

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 ...

TV Episode 42
Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton

Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton

Candidate Nigel Barton goes from idealism to cynicism as he becomes disillusioned and suspicious of hollow campaign promises.

TV Episode 43
The Coming Out Party

The Coming Out Party

TV Episode 44
The Bone Yard

The Bone Yard

TV Episode 45
Who's a Good Boy Then?

Who's a Good Boy Then?

TV Episode 50
The Big Man Coughed and Died

The Big Man Coughed and Died

TV Episode 57
The Snow Ball

The Snow Ball

TV Episode 58
Toddler on the Run

Toddler on the Run

TV Episode 63
A Hero of Our Time

A Hero of Our Time

TV Episode 68
Where the Buffalo Roam

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 ...

TV Episode 70
The Head Waiter

The Head Waiter

TV Episode 71
Cathy Come Home

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...

TV Episode 72
The Mayfly and the Frog

The Mayfly and the Frog

TV Episode 77
The Lump

The Lump

TV Episode 81
In Two Minds

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,...

TV Episode 85
The Profile of a Gentleman

The Profile of a Gentleman

TV Episode 103
The Fat of the Land

The Fat of the Land

TV Episode 108
Toggle

Toggle

TV Episode 109
Jamie, on a Flying Visit

Jamie, on a Flying Visit

TV Episode 111
The Drummer and the Bloke

The Drummer and the Bloke

TV Episode 113
Rebel in the Grave

Rebel in the Grave

TV Episode 114
Coincidence

Coincidence

TV Episode 115
Let's Murder Vivaldi

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.

TV Episode 117
The Golden Vision

The Golden Vision

TV Episode 118
The Man Behind You

The Man Behind You

TV Episode 119
Spoiled

Spoiled

TV Episode 122
The Gorge

The Gorge

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,...

TV Episode 123
A Night with Mrs. Da Tanka

A Night with Mrs. Da Tanka

TV Episode 124
Charlie

Charlie

TV Episode 125
A Bit of Crucifixion Father

A Bit of Crucifixion Father

TV Episode 130
Nothing Will Be the Same

Nothing Will Be the Same

TV Episode 131
A Beast with Two Backs

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...

TV Episode 132
On the Eve of Publication

On the Eve of Publication

TV Episode 133
Smoke Screen

Smoke Screen

TV Episode 135
Doctor Atkinson's Daughter

Doctor Atkinson's Daughter

TV Episode 136
Birthday

Birthday

TV Episode 138
The Big Flame

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.

TV Episode 139
Sling Your Hook

Sling Your Hook

TV Episode 142
A Child and a Half

A Child and a Half

TV Episode 143
Son of Man

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...

TV Episode 144
The Last Train through Harecastle Tunnel

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 ...

TV Episode 147
Happy

Happy

TV Episode 153
The Vortex

The Vortex

TV Episode 157
It Wasn't Me

It Wasn't Me

TV Episode 158
The Season of the Witch

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.

TV Episode 159
No Trams to Lime Street

No Trams to Lime Street

TV Episode 167
Sovereign's Company

Sovereign's Company

TV Episode 169
Emma's Time

Emma's Time

TV Episode 170