Play for Today at 50

15th October 1970 saw the start of a groundbreaking strand of single plays for television. The BBC in collaboration with the British Film Institute look back at Play for Today, fifty years on.

Play for Today at 50

'Television, is the true national theatre’ said screenwriter and dramatist Dennis Potter.

With more than 300 plays that touched millions of lives, his comments certainly ring true for Play for Today – a strand that ran for more than a decade on BBC One.


  • Play for Today at 50

    Katie Crosson, PhD researcher at The Centre for the History of Television Culture and Production, Royal Holloway College examines the phenomenon of Play for Today in collaboration with the BFI.

  • A quick guide to Play for Today

    The BBC History quick guide to Play for Today.