Fifty years after its first transmission, the BBC's 'Play for Today' anthology series remains one of British television's most influential achievements. Between 1970 and 1984, it brought the UK's best writing, acting and directing talents into our living rooms, challenging audiences and pushing the boundaries of TV drama. 'Play for Today: Vol.2' brings together another great line-up of films...
Stocker's Copper (1972) Tensions rise between a striking miner (Bryan Marshall) and the policeman billeted in his home (Gareth Thomas) in Tom Clarke and Jack Gold's retelling of a real-life conflict that erupted at a Cornish clay mine in the early 20th century.
Victims of Apartheid (1978) Having fled to London from a South Africa in the grip of apartheid, George (John Kani) is struggling to adjust to his new life. Haunted by memories of torture, he decides to take drastic action in the fight against his homeland's repressive regime.
The Spongers (1978) Set against the backdrop of the Silver Jubilee, the play depicts a single mother's struggle to survive in the face of welfare cuts. The combination of acclaimed writer Jim Allen (Raining Stones), director Roland Joffe (The Mission) and producer Tony Garnett (Kes) helped it win the Prix Italia in 1978.
The Elephant's Graveyard (1976) Whilst their wives believe they are going to their jobs, Bunny (Jon Morrison) and Jody (Billy Connolly) actually spend their days wandering the Scottish hills. After a chance meeting they spend the day drinking, talking about their lives and futures.
Just a Boy's Game (1979) Jake (singer Frankie Miller) has always idolised his now-dying grandfather, an original hard man and something of a living legend. In a day of drinking and fights, Jake begins to see another side to the old man and starts to discover his own value in the process.
Gotcha / Campion's Interview (1977) An acclaimed double bill exploring the inequality of the education system. In 'Gotcha', a 'no-hope' pupil on his last day holds his teachers hostage, while in 'Campion's Interview' a headmaster takes on the education authorities on behalf of his pupils.