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Episode List


Season 1

13 Dec. 1968
A Crack in the Ice
A soldier named Postnikov has rescued a drowning man.
4 Nov. 1964
In Camera
Three people, a man convicted of cowardice, a lesbian and a self obsessed blonde are put in a small, stark room with a few garish modern artworks and three benches. All have died and are in Hell, but instead of devils, fire, brimstone and physical torture, they spend eternity there with each other's loathsome company.
11 Nov. 1964
Pale Horse, Pale Rider
Katherine Ann Porter's story of a young woman's dreams of death. The Pale Rider fills her dreams along with her lover.
18 Nov. 1964
The Big Breaker
A lodger, recuperating from a heart attack, sets his sights on his landlady.
25 Nov. 1964
Mr. Douglas
It is Coronation Day, 1761, and a merchant entertains a guest with an extraordinary secret.
2 Dec. 1964
Sigismondo Malatesta is a condottiere, a mercenary for hire and patron of the arts.
9 Dec. 1964
The July Plot
Dramatisation of the failed plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in July 1944 by a conspiracy of high-ranking German Army officers.
16 Dec. 1964
First Love
A study of a boy's passion for an older girl as he discovers the difference between infatuation and true love.
6 Jan. 1965
A Tap on the Shoulder
The story of the meteoric rise through the underworld of a gangster.
13 Jan. 1965
Sir Jocelyn, the Minister Would Like a Word...
A group of politicians and university dons argue over whether a new university should have a chapel or a state-of-the-art lecture hall.
20 Jan. 1965
The Navigators
Presenting a tale of romance between two working class navvies.
27 Jan. 1965
In Great Britain, a reversal of African apartheid comes into place, and the country is governed by black people with whites being subservient.
3 Feb. 1965
Dan, Dan, the Charity Man
Dan Sankey, the charity knocker, has become a national celebrity but who is the man behind the image?
10 Feb. 1965
Ashes to Ashes
Barbara is an assertive, clever, liberated woman, her own boss. Who'd think she could be swept off her feet by a handsome stranger for whom she'd give up her career, London, everything? Especially as her new husband maybe wants to kill her.
17 Feb. 1965
Wear a Very Big Hat
A young couple celebrate their wedding anniversary with a night on the town.
24 Feb. 1965
The Confidence Course
Three swindlers advertise a self-assertiveness seminar, lure a dozen victims to a hotel and attempt to persuade them to enroll in their course. However, a man claiming to be the critic-essayist William Hazlitt (1778-1830) attacks the consumerist values outlined by the motivational speaker.
3 Mar. 1965
Campaign for One
Astronaut Osborne is stuck in a malfunctioning capsule. As he goes round and round the Earth, he starts telling jokes and secrets. When the time comes to bring him down to Earth, he can't face it as he feels like a sexual failure.
10 Mar. 1965
Horror of Darkness
Peter and Cathy are initially delighted to see their charismatic, subtly domineering friend Robin. But he outstays his welcome, and that's to say the least of it.
17 Mar. 1965
A Little Temptation
A writer is having an affair with a married woman and gets embroiled with the other women in her life.
24 Mar. 1965
Moving On
A soldier faces a court-martial for killing his friend.
31 Mar. 1965
The Cat's Cradle
A couple move to the country, but the wife feels isolated and finds companionship with her cat.
7 Apr. 1965
3 Clear Sundays
A dull witted young labourer from a criminal family is sent to gaol for a minor crime, leaving his pregnant girlfriend unmarried. But while there he is talked into attacking a guard, who later dies, so he's then sentenced to hang for his crime, despite a protest and newspaper campaign for leniency.
14 Apr. 1965
The Interior Decorator
An interior decorator takes a millionaire's wife on a guided tour of her new home.
21 Apr. 1965
A young couple go on a hitch-hiking tour of Europe.
28 Apr. 1965
The Good Shoemaker and the Poor Fish Peddler
An account of the shocking Sacco-Vanzetti case of the 1920s, where two working-class Italian immigrants to the US were executed after seven years on Death Row.
5 May 1965
Cemented with Love
It is general election night in a constituency in Northern Ireland.
12 May 1965
A Knight in Tarnished Armour
Tom is a working class Scots teenager, but he dreams of much more.
26 May 1965
For the West
White mercenary forces prepare to attack rebel, pro-Lumumbist troops in the Congo.
2 Jun. 1965
And Did Those Feet?
Lord Fountain hates his illegitimate twin boys as he does not seem to be able to produce legitimate heirs.
9 Jun. 1965
The Man Without Papers
Years ago, it was Roscoe who kept his friends alive in a Korean prison camp. Now, he's penniless and without papers in London - will his now-prosperous former friends help him?
16 Jun. 1965
The Pistol
A young private with a pistol deals with the aftershock of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
13 Oct. 1965
Written for THE WEDNESDAY PLAY (1964-70), which the BBC retitled PLAY FOR TODAY in 1970, ALICE has the earliest airdate (10/13/65) of the Potter productions to survive on tape. After THE CONFIDENCE COURSE (1965), it's the second of the nine Potter plays seen on THE WEDNESDAY PLAY. In this look at Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), aka Lewis Carroll, Potter mixed biographical drama with a psychological profile to explore the roots of Dodgson's creativity. Dodgson tells stories to ten-year-old Alice Liddell, leading to recreations of scenes adapted from ALICE'S ...
20 Oct. 1965
The Girl Who Loved Robots
Night club girl Victory Ducann is found murdered, the main suspect is an astronaut, but police are prevented from approaching him as he is due to fly off to the Moon.
27 Oct. 1965
A Designing Woman
Milly has been at it again.
3 Nov. 1965
Up the Junction
Fragments of the life of three working-class women, and the people around them, in South London in the 1960s. Scenes in homes, streets, pubs, prison and their workplace cover family, friendship, romance, sex, and abortion.
10 Nov. 1965
The Trial and Torture of Sir John Rampayne
An elderly right-wing politician is kidnapped, seemingly as part of a student prank. But his captors have a more alarming agenda.
17 Nov. 1965
The End of Arthur's Marriage
A simple minded man on the outs with his wife and her family must take a large amount of his father-in-law's hard earned money to buy a house, in the belief that home ownership will make him responsible and respectable. Instead he throws it away on a mad spending spree with his daughter.
24 Nov. 1965
Tomorrow, Just You Wait
Jimmy is young, earning good money and going out with a smashing girl. What more could a man wish for?
10 Apr. 1970
The Bond
Newlyweds Chris and Sally are young and attractive, with successful careers and a beautiful home. Their future is rosy. However, trying to make marriage work is not easy.
8 Dec. 1965
Stand Up, Nigel Barton
Semi-autobiographical TV play by Dennis Potter, from the BBC's 'Wednesday Play' series. It deals with the experiences of Nigel Barton, a young man from a poor mining community who wins a scholarship to Oxford University. The villagers accuse him of snobbery, while the rich University students treat him like a peasant. Uncertain of which sphere he should be moving in, Nigel tries to reconcile himself with his proud but stubborn father, and also succeed at University, despite its pretentions which apall him.
15 Dec. 1965
Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton
Candidate Nigel Barton goes from idealism to cynicism as he becomes disillusioned and suspicious of hollow campaign promises.
22 Dec. 1965
The Coming Out Party
A boy begins a search in Notting Hill shortly before Christmas.
30 Sep. 1964
The Bone Yard
Extraordinary things happen at an ordinary police station.
4 Jul. 1969
A Man on Her Back
John is an aspiring composer and pianist at a club and Mary is a single girl that he meets there. When friendship turns to romance, John has to contend with Colin, a charming ladies' man who turns to Mary in times of trouble.
19 Jan. 1966
Rodney, Our Intrepid Hero
Anything Incorporated, an exclusive club devoted to providing the illegal and unattainable for its clients. Our intrepid hero, Rodney, is a newspaper journalist determined to expose the venture.
26 Jan. 1966
Calf Love
A young English exchange student staying with a German family falls for the daughters.
24 Jan. 1969
Silent Song
Life in a Trappist monastery offers a life of contemplation and hard labour.
9 Feb. 1966
Who's a Good Boy Then?
Billy Oates meets a lady in a market and, taken by his kindness, she invites him to lodge with her and her husband. A rivalry soon develops between the young man and his landlord.
16 Feb. 1966
A Game, Like, Only a Game
Two boys hatch a plan to get some money to go to the seaside.
23 Feb. 1966
Why Aren't You Famous?
A young Irish woman named Eileen comes to Britain with romantic ideas of fame and fortune and meets Toppet, a struggling artist with a spare room.
2 Mar. 1966
Macready's Gala
The Headmaster and governors of a boarding school are accidentally locked in the new memorial room with the convicted Great Train Robbers.
9 Mar. 1966
A Walk in the Sea
Author James Hanley, Irish by birth and Welsh by adoption, is crafting another work of fiction.