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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

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Play for Today

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Les Blair,
  • Devised By: Les Blair

 

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The Wednesday Play

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

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No one listens-it’s easier to lock them away.
A film about four women who have been in prison.
A revised version of a film previously called ‘Five Women’.

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Roy Battersby,
  • Writer: Tony Parker

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Play for Today

Deserted by her husband, Pauline struggles to look after her four children, including one with Down’s syndrome, on state benefits. But with the Queen’s Silver Jubilee approaching, things are about to get even tougher.

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Roland Joffe,
  • Writer: Jim Allen

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Mini-Series (4 X Episodes)

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Ken Loach,
  • Writer: Jim Allen

 

The Golden Vision Film

Off-Cut: The Golden Vision

Neville Smith was a Scouse actor we had worked with often. He was a fanatical Evertonian. He wrote a screenplay, The Golden Vision, imagining a fan who, one Saturday morning took a call from the manager.

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Play for Today

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Brian Parker,
  • Devised By: Brian Parker

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The Wednesday Play

  • Producer: James McTaggart,
  • Director: Gareth Davies,
  • Writer: Dennis Potter,
  • Story Editors: Tony Garnett, Roger Smith

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The Wednesday Play

A fable

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: James MacTaggart,
  • Writer: Charles Wood

Off-Cut: Five Women

Tony Parker was a small, unthreatening man who listened. He once told me that he’d never met anyone who bored him. I was always trying to avoid bores. He fascinated me, not least because of his methods. He would listen to his subjects for countless hours over long periods, patiently, sympathetically and without judgement, rather like a therapist would. He then distilled this material into a readable length, preserving the words and meaning of the speakers.

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Play for Today

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Les Blair,
  • Devised By: Les Blair

Grace Wyndham Goldie Article 1967

Sunday Telegraph 08/01/67

Sunday Telegraph 08/01/67

STOP MIXING TV FACT AND FICTION
by Grace Wyndham Goldie

ON Wednesday the B.B.C. Is going to repeat Jeremy Sand-ford’s tear-jerker “ Cathy Come Home,” about the plight of those who cannot find anywhere to live. This is a disturbing decision. As a once-for-all experiment in television dramatic presentation it was all right. Most of those who had reservations about its validity, and I was one of them, considered it an effective piece of television. But the decision to repeat it indicates that it may be an early example of n new and dangerous trend in television drama. read more…

The Birth of the Goalie of the 2001 F.A. Cup Final

Five Minute Films BBC Series: Episode 5/5

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Mike Leigh,
  • Writer: Mike Leigh

Off-Cut: The Parachute

When I called David Mercer to ask him if he had something he was burning to write, he just said he had an image of a man on the end of a parachute. That’s all he knew. I called his agent, Peggy Ramsay, and put through a commissioning form. That was allowed in those days. As a producer I could commission a screenplay about anything from anyone. Producers were allowed some discretionary judgement.

Some months later a screenplay arrived.

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The Wednesday Play

The time could be the immediate future. There is a smell of battle in the air; the possibility of violence. On one side 10,000 men are threatening unofficial strike; on the other is the combined weight of the Government, their employers, and their Trade Unions. This film was shot on location in Liverpool.

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Ken Loach,
  • Writer: Jim Allen