Play for Today Vol. 1 [Blu-ray]

Release Date: 16 November 2020 | Certificate: Parental Guidance
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Play for Today: Volume One (4-disc Blu-ray Boxset)

50 years on from its first transmission, the BBC's Play for Today anthology series remains one of British Television's most influential and celebrated achievements. Between 1970 and 1984, plays which combined some of the era's finest writing, acting and directing talents were broadcast direct to living rooms, regularly challenging viewers and pushing the boundaries of the TV drama.

Featuring plays by the likes of Ingmar Bergman, Julia Jones and Colin Welland and featuring a roster of eminent British actors, Play for Today: Volume One brings together seven iconic dramas on Blu-ray for the very first time, in a collection that exemplifies the breadth and brilliance of this groundbreaking series.

The set includes five plays which have been restored from the original negatives held in the BBC archive.

The Plays:


  • The Lie (Written by Ingmar Bergman / Dir. Alan Bridges, 1970)
  • Shakespeare or Bust (Written by Peter Terson / Dir. Brian Parker, 1973)
  • Back of Beyond (Written by Julia Jones, Dir. Desmond Davis, 1974)
  • Passage to England (Written by Leon Griffiths / Dir. John Mackenzie, 1975)
  • Our Flesh and Blood (Written by Mike Stott / Dir. Pedr James, 1977)
  • A Photograph (Written by John Bowen / Dir. John Glenister, 1977)
  • Your Man from Six Counties (Written by Colin Welland / Dir. Barry Davis, 1976)

Special Features:

  • 80-page book featuring nine essays covering all seven films and the Play for Today series as a whole
Release Date: 16 November 2020
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
SKU: BFIB1393