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Repeat your treasure trove of Single Drama such as Play For Today and Screen One on BBC4 NOW!

From the 1960s through to the 1990s the BBC had an impressive body of work of stand alone single TV plays through strands such as The Wednesday Play, Play For Today, Screen One and Screen Two. These plays gave some of the UK's greatest writers and directors their big breaks including Dennis Potter, Mike Leigh, Alan Clarke, Jimmy McGovern, Roy Minton, Barrie O'Keefe, Jim Allen and Ken Loach, as well as having the nerve to say something about contemporary society, the establishment and its inherent injustice and unfairness.

Its unlikely we'll ever get a modern day version of Play For Today on the BBC but, given that these plays - in particular The Spongers by Jim Allen - are still relevant today, they demand a repeat.

BBC4 is supposed to be the corporations cultural arm and is the most fitting place to show a series of these one off dramas from these long running strands. I am sure an audience would love to see them especially as, on the occasions they have shown some Play For Today's such as Leigh's Nuts In May and Abigail's Party (two that have been repeated several times), they've been warmly received.

Surely as a series of repeats this is a very cost effective suggestion and hopefully it will open the eyes of many new viewers and get debate and discussion regarding our current society thriving once more.


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