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Full List of Play For Today Episodes

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Below is a complete Play for Today episode list that spans the show's entire TV run. Photos from the individual Play for Today episodes are listed along with the Play for Today episode names when available, as are the dates of the original airing of the episode. Play for Today episodes from every season can be seen below, along with fun facts about who directed the episodes, the stars of the and sometimes even information like shooting locations and original air dates. This poll features “Home Sweet Home,” “Hard Labour” and more. Are you remembering a funny scene but can't think of the name that the Play for Today episode is from? Scroll below and you'll find what you're looking for.
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  • 1

    Alma Mater

    Jan 07 1971
    A civil servant working abroad revisits his old school
  • 2

    Traitor

    Oct 14 1971
    Traitor is a BBC television drama written by Dennis Potter and directed by Alan Bridges, which... more on Wikipedia
  • 3

    Hard Labour

    Mar 12 1973
    The trials of an overworked and underappreciated housecleaner
  • 4

    Dreams of Leaving

    Jan 17 1980
    A journalist moves to London and gets caught up in the big city and his romance with a rich...
  • 5

    Brimstone and Treacle

    Sep 25 1987
    The Bates sadly care for their severely disabled daughter Pattie. Martin arrives at their door...
  • 6

    Long Distance Information

    Oct 11 1979
    A fanatical Elvis Presley fan is working as a disc jockey when his idol dies
  • 7

    Cries from a Watchtower

    Oct 18 1979
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    Comedians

    Oct 25 1979
    Budding comedians take an evening class taught by a retired performer and, for their final...
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    Even Solomon

    Nov 01 1979
  • 10
    Just a Boys' Game is a 1979 Play for Today written by Peter McDougall and directed by John... more on Wikipedia
  • 11

    Billy

    Nov 15 1979
    A 4-year-old boy is abused by his father
  • 12

    A Hole in Babylon

    Nov 29 1979
    Exploration of the events leading up to 1975 Spaghetti House siege in London and the...
  • 13

    The Slab-Boys

    Dec 06 1979
    The story of a young man who works in a carpet factory
  • 14

    Katie

    Dec 13 1979
  • 15

    The Network

    Dec 20 1979
  • 16

    Chance of a Lifetime

    Jan 03 1980
    A young man quits school and joins the army.
  • 17

    Keep Smiling

    Jan 10 1980
  • 18

    Thicker Than Water

    Jan 24 1980
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    Murder Rap

    Jan 31 1980
  • 20

    Instant Enlightenment Including VAT

    Feb 07 1980
    Weekend enlightenment seminars serve as a form of brainwashing.
  • 21

    No Defence

    Feb 14 1980
  • 22

    That Crazy Woman

    Feb 21 1980
  • 23

    A Gift from Nessus

    Feb 28 1980
    The marital and career problems of a middle-aged, middle-class man in Glasgow in the 1960s
  • 24

    Kate, the Good Neighbour

    Mar 06 1980
    A compassionate elderly woman comes to the realization that she can no longer care for herself...
  • 25

    Buses

    Mar 13 1980
    A story about the regulation of the bus industry in 1930