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Letter: Michael Wearing obituary

28 May 2017 8:41 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The BBC television series Blind Justice, produced in 1988 by Michael Wearing, directed by Rob Walker and starring Jack Shepherd and me, was one of the bravest things he ever did. It dealt with many timely significant legal cases and was so cutting edge that there was a danger of an episode’s transmission being stopped by parliament.

Michael was no crowdpleaser – however popular Boys from the Blackstuff became, and good as it was. This political “hot potato” has never been re-shown by the BBC. It would be honouring Michael’s memory for Blind Justice to be seen again.

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- Jane Lapotaire

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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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