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"Play for Today" Soft Targets (1982)

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Original Air Date:
19 October 1982 (Season 13, Episode 1)
A Russian in London finds himself targeted by British Intelligence. | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Charles Sturridge 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Poliakoff  writer

Produced by
Kenith Trodd .... producer
Original Music by
Geoffrey Burgon 
Cinematography by
Nat Crosby 
Production Design by
Derek Dodd 

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Soft Targets is actually 1 hr 35 min long, not '1h 15min'. The '1 hr 15 min.' seems to be the running time for many, but definitely not all, episodes of 'Play for Today'. You can confirm the running time by actually playing the episode and/or by reading the Viewing Notes included in the 2008 DVD set.See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Superb TV Film, 27 January 2003
Author: ian_harris from London, England

Ian Holm is excellent in this period piece from the tail end of the cold war. Helen Mirren, Celia Gregory and Nigel Havers all support well - there is even a tiny cameo from a very youthful Rupert Everett.

I'm a big fan of Poliakoff as both a stage and TV/film writer, but have always found his stage work filmic and therefore am finding a preference for his TV/Film work. In true Poliakoff style, there are sinister undertones, but how much is espionage, how much is prejudice and how much is paranoia?

This is a superb TV film and well worth seeking out if you haven't seen it.

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