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Off-Cut: The Price of Coal

In 1976 Ken and I were reunited with Barry Hines. I’d been asking him for some time what he wanted to write about, and he said “the miners”. He had been underground briefly as a teenager. His relatives and friends in and around Hoyland Common were miners and he felt a deep solidarity with that community. It became a two parter, called The Price of Coal. The first film was set around the preparations at a South Yorkshire pit for the visit of Prince Charles.

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The Wednesday Play

The family set off for a picnic in the country with all the paraphernalia – the cine camera the frozen barbecued chicken – all of which is looked on, with sixth-form cynicism and disgust, by the family’s son. Nor does he think he’s going to enjoy the trip round the Cheddar Gorge …

“A breakthrough in TV drama ” – ROBERT OTTAWAY, DAILY SKETCH
“Pure and hilarious farce” – MARTIN JACKSON , DAILY EXPRESS
“The funniest ever Wednesday Play… every laugh a wound – MAURICE WIGGIN , SUNDAY TIMES

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Christopher Morahan,
  • Writer: Peter Nichols
BBC Whitepaper

Response to the BBC White Paper

Sighs of relief. Think BBC White Paper could have been worse? Read behind the PR and be very afraid.

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Afternoon

Five Minute Films BBC Series: Episode 2/5

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Mike Leigh
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The Spongers

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The Wednesday Play

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Jack Gold,
  • Writer: Jim Allen

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The Wednesday Play

The lives and loves of three young working class women, set in the pubs, terraced houses and factories of Battersea, South London.

  • Producer: James MacTaggart,
  • Director: Ken Loach,
  • Writer: Neil Dunn,
  • Story Editor: Tony Garnett

Tony Garnett’s 1965 introduction in the Radio Times…

Up The Junction Introduction

A Light Snack

Five Minute Films BBC Series: Episode 1/5

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Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
Kilmainham Gaol Prison Source: Wikimedia | Antonio Camelo

Off-Cut: Law and Order – 1916

The 1916 uprising in Dublin and the mini series about judicial corruption, Law and Order, are welded as one in my mind. Connection?

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The Wednesday Play

Best Script Award at the Fourth International Television Festival, Prague 1967
Main Prize International Jury of Critics 1967

Who is Kate Winter? That is the question. She is, on the outside, an unexceptional girl from an ordinary semi-detached background. Her mother says ‘ We are respectable people in this house.’ But tonight the lace curtains are opened and you are invited to probe inside-if you can bear it.

“Compellingly written, brilliantly acted and directed with cunning efficiency” – DENNIS POTTER, NEW STATESMAN
“All the intensity and suggestiveness of  ‘Cathy’. It was powerful stuff – R. W. COOPER, THE TIMES

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Ken Loach,
  • Writer: David Mercer

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The Wednesday Play

Winner:  Italia Prize for Television 1968

Cathy and Reg fall on hard times when Reg is injured at work. They begin a slide into poverty, debt and homelessness, until the authorities forcibly take Cathy’s children away…

“A programme to remember” – OBSERVER
“Few can have watched … without being deeply moved” – TIMES
“Dynamite … a magnificent piece of observant, sparse writing, direction, and production” – DAILY MIRROR

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Ken Loach,
  • Writer: Jeremy Sandford

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Play for Today

An everyday account of the unceasing work undertaken by a harassed wife and mother.

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Mike Leigh,
  • Devised By: Mike Leigh

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The Wednesday Play

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: John MacKenzie,
  • Writer: Leon Griffiths

“We need drama people believe in”

STEWART LANE talks to Tony Garnett, the producer of tonight’s B.B.C.- 1 play. (1966)

TONY GARNETT, producer of “Cathy Come Home”, tonight’s play on BBC 1 began his career as an actor, appearing in several television plays.

In 1964 he joined the B.B.C. as a script editor, assisting in the work on the Wednesday play series.

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BBC TV Mini-Series

The judicial system examined from four points of view: detective, criminal, lawyer, and prisoner.

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Les Blair,
  • Writer: G.F. Newman

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Play of the Month

Werner Reger , a young German officer in the Second World War. prepares to test a new parachute with his regiment for the ultimate benefit of his Führer. As he moves through the early-morning routine in the barracks and out to the tower for a jump, his mind travels in a series of flashbacks over the curious conflicts of his childhood and youth.

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Anthony Page,
  • Writer: David Mercer

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The Wednesday Play

  • Producer:: Tony Garnett,
  • Director:: James MacTaggart,
  • Writer:: Nemone Lethbridge

Cathy Come Home – 50 years on

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Cathy Come Home. Cathy Come Home let everybody off the hook. It didn’t put the boot in where it should have done. Earlier this year I wrote a piece for the PCS Union explaining why I believe this.

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Play for Today X 2

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Ken Loach,
  • Writer: Barry Hines

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TV Movie

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Jack Gold,
  • Writer: [B. Brecht], George Tabori