Screenplay (TV series)
Screenplay was a drama anthology television series, broadcast on BBC Two between 9 July 1986 and 27 October 1993.
|Starring||varied by episode|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Executive producer(s)||varied by episode|
|Producer(s)||varied by episode|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Original release||9 July 1986 –|
27 October 1993
After single-play anthology series went off the air, the BBC introduced several showcases for made-for-television, feature length filmed dramas, including Screenplay. Various writers and directors were utilized on the series. Writer Jimmy McGovern was hired by producer George Faber to pen a series five episode based upon the Merseyside needle exchange programme of the 1980s. The episode, directed by Gillies MacKinnon, was entitled Needle and featured Sean McKee, Emma Bird, and Pete Postlethwaite. The last episode of the series was titled "Boswell and Johnson's Tour of the Western Islands" and featured Robbie Coltrane as English writer Samuel Johnson, who in the autumn of 1773, visits the Hebrides off the north-west coast of Scotland. That episode was directed by John Byrne and co-starred John Sessions and Celia Imrie. Some scenes were shot at Lennoxlove House in East Lothian and others in the Scottish Borders.
|S1, Ep1||9 July 1986||All Together Now|
|S1, Ep2||16 July 1986||Daylight Robbery|
|S1, Ep3||23 July 1986||Brick Is Beautiful|
|S1, Ep4||30 July 1986||Knowing the Score|
|S1, Ep5||6 August 1986||Drums Along Balmoral Drive|
|S1, Ep6||13 August 1986||Asinamali|
|S1, Ep7||20 August 1986||In Traction|
|S1, Ep8||27 August 1986||The Mozart Inquest||Patrick Stewart as Antonio Salieri|
|S1, Ep9||3 September 1986||The Marlowe Inquest|
|S1, Ep10||10 September 1986||Blood, Sweat and Tears|
|S1, Ep11||24 September 1986||Shift Work|
|S1, Ep12||1 October 1986||Paying Guests - Part 1|
|S1, Ep13||2 October 1986||Paying Guests - Part 2|
- See Series 2
|S2, Ep1||15 July 1987||The Trial of Klaus Barbie|
|S2, Ep2||22 July 1987||Land|
|S2, Ep3||29 July 1987||Lily My Love||Bill Paterson as Colin|
|S2, Ep4||5 August 1987||Cariani and the Courtesans||Paul McGann as Giovanni Cariani|
Simon Callow as Raimondi
Diana Quick as Tullia
|S2, Ep5||12 August 1987||Our Lady Blue|
|S2||20 August 1987||Roach Motel|
|S2, Ep6||26 August 1987||White Lady|
|S2||8 September 1987||Next|
|S2, Ep7||16 September 1987||The Shutter Falls|
|S2||21 September 1987||A View from a Window|
|S2, Ep8||23 September 1987||Christine|
|S2, Ep9||30 September 1987||The Interrogation of John|
|S2, Ep10||7 October 1987||Road||Neil Dudgeon as Brink|
Jane Horrocks as Louise
David Thewlis as Joey
Lesley Sharp as Valerie
|S3, Ep1||13 July 1988||No Further Cause for Concern|
|S3, Ep2||20 July 1988||A Woman Alone|
|S3, Ep3||27 July 1988||Burning Ambition|
|S3, Ep4||3 August 1988||Eskimos Do It|
|S3, Ep5||10 August 1988||Out of Love|
|S3, Ep6||24 August 1988||Home Front|
|S3, Ep7||31 August 1988||Between the Cracks|
|S3, Ep8||7 September 1988||The Black and Blue Lamp|
|S3, Ep9||14 September 1988||The Diary of Rita Patel|
|S3, Ep10||28 September 1988||Starlings|
- See Series 4
|S4, Ep1||5 July 1989||Testimony of a Child|
|S4, Ep2||12 July 1989||A Night on the Tyne|
|S4, Ep3||19 Jul 1989||Loving Hazel|
|S4, Ep4||26 July 1989||The Attractions|
|S4, Ep5||2 August 1989||Chinese Whispers|
|S4, Ep6||9 August 1989||The Act|
|S4, Ep7||16 August 1989||Scout|
|S4, Ep8||23 August 1989||The Spirit of Man|
|S4, Ep9||30 August 1989||Beyond the Pale|
|S4, Ep10||6 September 1989||The Hen House|
|S4, Ep11||13 September 1989||Seeing in the Dark|
|S4, Ep12||20 September 1989||A Small Mourning|
|S5, Ep1||11 July 1990||Amongst Barbarians|
|S5, Ep2||18 July 1990||Antonia and Jane|
|S5, Ep3||25 July 1990||Night Voice|
|S5, Ep4||1 August 1990||The Englishman's Wife|
|S5, Ep5||8 August 1990||The Land of Dreams|
|S5, Ep6||15 August 1990||Keeping Tom Nice|
|S5, Ep7||22 August 1990||A Safe House|
|S5, Ep8||29 August 1990||Afters|
|S5, Ep9||29 August 1990||Wedded|
|S5, Ep10||5 September 1990||Available Light|
|S5, Ep11||12 September 1990||Needle||Sean Mckee as Danny|
Emma Bird as Paula
Pete Postlethwaite as Paula's Father
Stephen Walters as Viaduct Boy
|S5, Ep12||16 December 1990||Shoot the Revolution|
|S5, Ep13||29 December 1990||August Saturday|
- See Series 6
|S6, Ep1||3 July 1991||Redemption|
|S6, Ep2||10 July 1991||Broke|
|S6, Ep3||17 July 1991||Events at Drimaghleen|
|S6, Ep4||24 July 1991||The Fallout Guy|
|S6, Ep5||31 July 1991||Murder in Oakland|
|S6, Ep6||14 August 1991||The Hour of the Lynx|
|S6, Ep7||28 August 1991||Clubland|
|S6, Ep8||4 September 1991||Arise and Go Now'|
|S6, Ep9||11 September 1991||Message to Major|
|S6, Ep10||18 September 1991||Journey to Knock|
|S7, Ep1||1 July 1992||The Countess Alice|
|S7, Ep2||8 July 1992||Force of Duty|
|S7, Ep3||15 July 1992||Bad Girl|
|S7, Ep4||22 July 1992||Bitter Harvest|
|S7, Ep5||29 July 1992||Man to Man: Another Night of Rubbish on the Telly|
|S7, Ep6||5 August 1992||Death and the Compass|
|S7, Ep7||2 September 1992||Buying a Landslide|
|S7, Ep8||9 September 1992||Continental Drift|
|S7, Ep9||16 September 1992||A Little Bit of Lippy|
|S7, Ep10||23 September 1992||Dread Poets' Society|
|S7, Ep11||Small Metal Jacket|
|S7, Ep12||30 September 1992||You, Me & Marley|
- See Series 8
|S8, Ep1||22 September 1993||Love Lies Bleeding|
|S8, Ep2||29 September 1993||The Merrihill Millionaires|
|S8, Ep3||6 October 1993||The Vision Thing|
|S8, Ep4||13 October 1993||Safe|
|S8, Ep5||20 October 1993||Not Even God Is Wise Enough|
|S8, Ep6||27 October 1993||Boswell & Johnson's Tour of the Western Isles|
- Cooke, Lez (2005). British Television Drama: A History (2 ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 28. ISBN 978-1-84457-623-4.
- "BAFTA & BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series: Jimmy McGovern". www.bafta.org. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
- "From Merseyside to Skopje – the story about reduction of drug related harms | hops.org.mk". hops.org.mk. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
- Needle (1990), retrieved 19 July 2017
- (2015) Filmed here - 1993, Boswell & Johnson's Tour of the Western Isles, John Byrne Film Edinburgh, Retrieved 20 February 2015
- "ScreenPlay: All Together Now". BBC Two. 9 July 1986.
- "ScreenPlay: Daylight Robbery". BBC Two. 16 July 1986.
- "ScreenPlay: Brick is Beautiful". BBC Two. 23 July 1986.
- "ScreenPlay: Knowing the Score". BBC Two. 30 July 1986.
- "ScreenPlay: Drums Along Balmoral Drive". BBC Two. 6 August 1986.
- "ScreenPlay: Asinamall". BBC Two. 13 August 1986.
- "ScreenPlay: In Traction". BBC Two. 20 August 1986.
- "ScreenPlay: The Mozart Inquest". BBC Two. 27 August 1986.
- "ScreenPlay: The Marlowe Inquest". BBC Two. 3 September 1986.
- "ScreenPlay: Blood, Sweat and Tears". BBC Two. 10 September 1986.
- "ScreenPlay: Shift Work". BBC Two. 24 September 1986.
- "ScreenPlay: Paying Guests". BBC Two. 1 October 1986.
- "ScreenPlay: Paying Guests". BBC Two. 2 October 1986.
- "ScreenPlay: The Trial of Klaus Barbie". BBC Two. 15 July 1987.
- "ScreenPlay: Land". BBC Two. 22 July 1987.
- "ScreenPlay: Lily My Love". BBC Two. 29 July 1987.
- "ScreenPlay: Cariani and the Courtesans". BBC Two. 5 August 1987.
- "ScreenPlay: Our Lady Blue". BBC Two. 12 August 1987.
- "ScreenPlay Firsts: Roach Motel". BBC Two. 20 August 1987.
- "ScreenPlay Firsts: White Lady". BBC Two. 26 August 1987.
- "ScreenPlay: Next". BBC Two. 8 September 1987.
- "ScreenPlay: The Shutter Falls". BBC Two. 16 September 1987.
- "ScreenPlay Firsts: A View from a Window". BBC Two. 21 September 1987.
- "ScreenPlay: Christine". BBC Two. 23 September 1987.
- "ScreenPlay: The Land of Dreams". BBC Two. 13 March 1991.
- "ScreenPlay: A Safe House". BBC Two. 22 August 1990.
- "ScreenPlay: Needle - BBC Two England - 12 September 1990 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
- "ScreenPlay: Broke". BBC Two. 10 July 1991.
- "ScreenPlay: The Fallout Guy". BBC Two. 24 July 1991.
- "ScreenPlay: Clubland". BBC Two. 28 August 1991.
- "ScreenPlay: Arise and Go Now". BBC Two. 4 September 1991.
- "ScreenPlay: The Countess Alice". BBC Two. 1 July 1992.
- "ScreenPlay: Continental Drift". BBC Two. 9 September 1992.
- "Screenplay: Boswell and Johnson's Tour of the Western Isles". BBC Two. 27 October 1993.