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Play for Today

Year:
Duration:
75 min (325 episodes)
Genres:
Drama
IMDB rate:
7.6
Awards:
16 wins & 16 nominations
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 1970-10-15
Cast
Actor
Character
Donald Pleasence
Donald Pleasence
Play for Today
Jake D'Arcy
Jake D'Arcy
Play for Today
Pippa Guard
Pippa Guard
Play for Today
Kim Hartman
Kim Hartman
Play for Today
Alison Steadman
Beverly / ... (9 episodes, 1973-1981)
Nigel Hawthorne
Fulton / ... (9 episodes, 1971-1981)
Tony Caunter
Alderman / ... (8 episodes, 1972-1981)
David Daker
Andy Saville / ... (8 episodes, 1975-1984)
Liz Smith
Elfie / ... (7 episodes, 1973-1980)
Bernard Hill
Bernard Blincoe / ... (7 episodes, 1973-1981)
Tony Doyle
Blake / ... (7 episodes, 1975-1984)
Eamonn Boyce
Detective Constable / ... (7 episodes, 1971-1981)
Malcolm Terris
Client / ... (6 episodes, 1971-1983)
June Watson
Matron / ... (6 episodes, 1970-1979)
Joe Belcher
Arthur / ... (6 episodes, 1974-1982)
June Brown
Brenda / ... (6 episodes, 1971-1981)
Paul Copley
Andy / ... (6 episodes, 1973-1981)
Rosemary Martin
Alison / ... (5 episodes, 1973-1982)
James Hazeldine
Alf / ... (5 episodes, 1970-1982)
Alan Webb
Grandfather / ... (5 episodes, 1971-1981)
Philip Jackson
Colin Pasmore / ... (5 episodes, 1971-1980)
John Barrett
Ben Packman / ... (5 episodes, 1970-1980)
Ken Hutchison
Dancer Dunnichy / ... (5 episodes, 1970-1980)
Brian Glover
Art / ... (5 episodes, 1971-1974)
Patricia Lawrence
Joan / ... (5 episodes, 1970-1978)
Roger Booth
Father George / ... (5 episodes, 1972-1982)
Julian Curry
Bill Rochester / ... (5 episodes, 1975-1981)
Carol MacReady
ATS Sergeant / ... (5 episodes, 1973-1980)
Roger Hammond
Doctor / ... (5 episodes, 1971-1980)
Eileen McCallum
At the Garage / ... (5 episodes, 1972-1979)
Bert Palmer
Bricklayer / ... (5 episodes, 1970-1975)
Jeanne Doree
Joan / ... (5 episodes, 1974-1982)
Jack Shepherd
Dr. Pearce / ... (5 episodes, 1974-1981)
Christine Hargreaves
Cynthia Nicholls / ... (5 episodes, 1970-1981)
Dave Hill
Gerry Broadbent / ... (5 episodes, 1973-1982)
Bill Paterson
7:84 Company - McChuckemup / ... (5 episodes, 1974-1981)
Bernard Gallagher
Faulkner / ... (5 episodes, 1973-1984)
Colin Douglas
Father / ... (5 episodes, 1974-1982)
Clifford Kershaw
Billy / ... (5 episodes, 1973-1977)
Stanley Lebor
Derek / ... (5 episodes, 1971-1984)
Anne Dyson
Granny / ... (5 episodes, 1972-1980)
Pauline Quirke
Ann / ... (5 episodes, 1974-1982)
Linda Beckett
Client's Wife / ... (5 episodes, 1973-1982)
Anthony Langdon
Jock / ... (5 episodes, 1973-1984)
Philip Davis
Kevin / ... (5 episodes, 1977-1980)
Joan Fitzpatrick
Auntie Jessie / ... (5 episodes, 1971-1980)
Elizabeth Bell
Barbara / ... (5 episodes, 1973-1984)
Peter Russell
Councillor / ... (5 episodes, 1974-1982)
Bernard Atha
Councillor Conway / ... (5 episodes, 1971-1978)
Rosalind Ayres
Annabel / ... (5 episodes, 1972-1981)
Colin Jeavons
Dennis Turner / ... (5 episodes, 1971-1983)
Benjamin Whitrow
House Master / ... (5 episodes, 1975-1981)
Paul Young
Chas Airlie / ... (5 episodes, 1974-1979)
Phil McCall
Electricity man / ... (5 episodes, 1971-1979)
Derek Lord
B Special Sergeant / ... (5 episodes, 1972-1984)
Robert Putt
Caretaker / ... (5 episodes, 1974-1984)
Pat Wallis
Barmaid / ... (5 episodes, 1973-1982)
Oliver Maguire
Detective / ... (5 episodes, 1972-1984)
Mary Riggans
Betsie Hawkins / ... (5 episodes, 1972-1982)
Frances Tomelty
Monagh / ... (5 episodes, 1971-1982)
Don Henderson
Eddie
Edward Hardwicke
Brinson / ... (5 episodes, 1974-1983)
Susan Littler
Carol McLain / ... (4 episodes, 1974-1981)
Georgina Hale
Fran / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1975)
Ray Mort
Ern / ... (4 episodes, 1972-1980)
Thora Hird
Aunty Kitty / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1982)
John Bird
Captain Wigmore / ... (4 episodes, 1979-1983)
Deborah Norton
Dr. Rose Dane / ... (4 episodes, 1976-1981)
Peter Jeffrey
Canon Caper / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1978)
George A. Cooper
Alfred Budd MP / ... (4 episodes, 1970-1972)
Allan Surtees
Arthur Rothwell / ... (4 episodes, 1975-1981)
Clive Merrison
'Junius' / ... (4 episodes, 1977-1983)
Freddie Fletcher
Bernie / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1978)
Geoffrey Palmer
Chief Superintendent / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1976)
Elizabeth Spriggs
Alice Duckworth / ... (4 episodes, 1974-1982)
Simon Cadell
Dr. Nethersole / ... (4 episodes, 1975-1980)
Marjorie Yates
Audrey / ... (4 episodes, 1972-1980)
Tony Melody
Detective / ... (4 episodes, 1972-1980)
Harry Landis
Inspector Fazil / ... (4 episodes, 1972-1977)
Jean Leppard
Amy / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1980)
Queenie Watts
Connie / ... (4 episodes, 1970-1980)
Elaine Donnelly
Christine Durham / ... (4 episodes, 1970-1981)
George Malpas
Bill / ... (4 episodes, 1974-1979)
Hugh Thomas
Castle
Paul Shane
Clerk / ... (4 episodes, 1975-1980)
John Comer
Billy Crane / ... (4 episodes, 1972-1974)
Duggie Brown
Geoff Carter / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1977)
Annie Hayes
Liz / ... (4 episodes, 1978-1980)
Stan Richards
Albert / ... (4 episodes, 1977-1980)
Maryann Turner
Caroline Jennings / ... (4 episodes, 1970-1979)
Eileen Helsby
2nd Lady / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1981)
Alan Foss
Desk sergeant / ... (4 episodes, 1970-1978)
Victor Langley
Member of public / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1975)
Elizabeth Dawn
Canteen Lady / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1975)
Ted Beyer
Harry / ... (4 episodes, 1977-1982)
George Belbin
Chairman, at Public Hearing / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
Colin Welland
Chief Constable James McBride / ... (4 episodes, 1974-1981)
Zena Walker
Dr. Barbara Moore / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1980)
David Hargreaves
David / ... (4 episodes, 1972-1980)
Ian Hogg
Arne / ... (4 episodes, 1974-1984)
Ainé Gorman
Maureen / ... (4 episodes, 1982-1984)
Herbert Norville
Elwyn / ... (4 episodes, 1975-1983)
Gabrielle Daye
Ethel / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1981)
Catherine Gibson
Gracie MacMurtrey / ... (4 episodes, 1975-1982)
Kate Binchy
Betty Bates / ... (4 episodes, 1975-1978)
John Horsley
1st Headmaster / ... (4 episodes, 1970-1981)
Tim Wylton
George
Gwyneth Strong
Anne / ... (4 episodes, 1976-1984)
Frederick Treves
Admiral Jack Tovey / ... (4 episodes, 1976-1981)
Gaylie Runciman
Belinda / ... (4 episodes, 1979-1982)
Jane Freeman
Audrey / ... (4 episodes, 1972-1978)
John Welsh
Committee chairman / ... (4 episodes, 1975-1979)
Ivor Roberts
Cooke / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1981)
Myles Hoyle
Gerald / ... (4 episodes, 1970-1975)
Fred Pearson
Chief executive / ... (4 episodes, 1976-1981)
Julia McCarthy
Corner Shop Manageress / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1983)
Nula Conwell
Carol / ... (4 episodes, 1974-1980)
Terence Davies
Buchan / ... (4 episodes, 1972-1980)
Graham Ashley
Arthur / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1978)
David Neville
Biyd-Hodge / ... (4 episodes, 1978-1981)
John Scott Martin
Landlord / ... (4 episodes, 1970-1975)
Jumoke Debayo
Evelyn / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1977)
Paul Luty
Barman / ... (4 episodes, 1972-1984)
Frank Mills
Ashford / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1981)
Alan Starkey
Edgar / ... (4 episodes, 1975-1982)
William Hoyland
Chris Green / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1978)
Ysanne Churchman
Soo
Terri Cavers
Ag Grant / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1979)
Stewart Harwood
Cab Driver / ... (4 episodes, 1977-1984)
Fred Gaunt
2nd Social Services Committee Member / ... (4 episodes, 1975-1978)
Alex Norton
7:84 Company - Lord Vat / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1977)
Ted Carroll
Mate / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1979)
Peter Davidson
Gardener / ... (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Gwen Harris
2nd Member of Jubilee Committee / ... (4 episodes, 1974-1978)
Tom Bell
Abel Broom / ... (4 episodes, 1970-1984)
Patrick Troughton
Commodore Londonderry / ... (4 episodes, 1976-1983)
Trevor Peacock
Father Borrelli / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1978)
Stephen Rea
Caretaker / ... (4 episodes, 1974-1979)
Betty Hardy
Alec's mother / ... (4 episodes, 1976-1980)
John Curless
Denis / ... (4 episodes, 1978-1980)
Raymond Mason
Anaesthetist / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1982)
Penny Smith
ATS Girl / ... (4 episodes, 1979-1982)
James Greene
Clergyman / ... (4 episodes, 1972-1981)
Paul Kelly
Dod Menzies / ... (4 episodes, 1972-1978)
Ron Delta
Davidson / ... (4 episodes, 1977-1982)
James Kennedy
Bill / ... (4 episodes, 1976-1979)
Peter Martin
1st Driver / ... (4 episodes, 1977-1982)
Julie May
Annie Jones / ... (4 episodes, 1974-1982)
Jeffrey Segal
Counsel, at Public Hearing / ... (4 episodes, 1970-1981)
Joseph Brady
Drew / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1984)
Sylvia Kay
Augustias / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1979)
June Ellis
Joyce / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1984)
Gerry Slevin
Colin Hawkins / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1982)
George Innes
Alfie / ... (4 episodes, 1976-1978)
Charles Kearney
Drunk / ... (4 episodes, 1974-1982)
Michael Duffy
Barman / ... (4 episodes, 1977-1984)
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Trivia
It was axed because the plays department of BBC Drama was closed down so it the money that was spent on plays could be spent on a new soap opera called Eastenders (1985).
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One show which was made and never aired was Scum (1977) as it was deemed too violent and extremely politically incorrect.
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"Play For Today", is also the name of a song by The Cure from the album Seventeen Seconds. It is from this series that the song is named.
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Photos from cast
Donald Pleasence Trevor Adams Steve Alder John Alderton Gillian Barge Gary Beadle Harold Bennett Jesse Birdsall