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Women who worked on Play for Today | Letters

15 January 2017 10:35 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Deborah Orr (Why can’t TV make new plays for today?, 14 January) correctly points out that British playwrights are tackling many of the major social issues today in the theatre instead of using the more democratic medium of television. She laments the loss of Play for Today, saying it “fostered such talents as Mike Leigh, Alan Bleasdale, Dennis Potter and Jack Rosenthal (though this was the 70s, so no women.)” There was at least one – me. I wrote a play for that series which was directed by the late Alan Clarke. It was called Nina, based on the lives of two Russian dissidents, and it starred Eleanor Bron and Jack Shepherd.

Jehane Markham


• Over the 14 years (1970-84) that Play for Today ran, at least 21 female dramatists (including Julia Jones, Beryl Bainbridge, Caryl Churchill and Paula Milne) had plays produced for it. Play for Today also employed four female producers (Irene Shubik, »

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Interview: Ridley Scott & Tom Hardy take us inside the world of Taboo, their new BBC TV series

6 January 2017 10:48 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

“I feel least qualified to go and do a period drama for the BBC,” says Tom Hardy during our interview sessions early last December for his new eight part drama Taboo.

The show airs its first episode tomorrow night on BBC One and charts the return of James Delaney, described by the actor as a “perverse renaissance man”, to London from his adventures in Africa upon the death of his Father.

He is a man with guilty secrets, and one who gives no quarter to the hostility he encounters from his family and the institutions which seek to hold him to order. As viewers will see tonight the dawn of the Industrial Revolution has been recreated in all its gory, dirty glory. This is a bleak beginning to a story that has an even darker path to tread in future weeks.

We sat down with Hardy and »

- Jon Lyus

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