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ScreenPlay is a television drama anthology series broadcast on BBC2 between 9 July 1986 and 27 October 1993.

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GenreDrama anthology
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series8
No. of episodes(list of episodes)
Production companyBBC
Original networkBBC2
Original release9 July 1986 (1986-07-09) –
27 October 1993 (1993-10-27)


After single-play anthology series went off the air, the BBC introduced several showcases for made-for-television, feature length filmed dramas, including ScreenPlay.[1] 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.[2][3] The episode, directed by Gillies MacKinnon, was entitled Needle and featured Sean McKee, Emma Bird, and Pete Postlethwaite.[2][4] 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.[5]


SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1139 July 1986 (1986-07-09)2 October 1986 (1986-10-02)
21515 July 1987 (1987-07-15)7 October 1987 (1987-10-07)
31013 July 1988 (1988-07-13)28 September 1988 (1988-09-28)
4115 July 1989 (1989-07-05)20 September 1989 (1989-09-20)
51311 July 1990 (1990-07-11)29 December 1990 (1990-12-29)
6153 July 1991 (1991-07-03)18 September 1991 (1991-09-18)
7141 July 1992 (1992-07-01)30 September 1992 (1992-09-30)
8622 September 1993 (1993-09-22)27 October 1993 (1993-10-27)

Series 1 (1986)Edit

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TitleDirected byWritten byProducerOriginal air date
11"All Together Now"[6]David AttwoodPeter BuckmanRobin Midgley9 July 1986 (1986-07-09)
Cast : Colin Farrell, Colin Blumenau, Jerome Davies, Bryan James, Terry Molloy, Colyn Davies, Nick Mercer, Jacqueline Hill, Audrey Leybourne, Lynda Myers, Michael Griffiths, Chrissy Roberts, Alan Starkey, Keith Mansell, Patrick Wilkes and Clive Swift
22"Daylight Robbery"[7]Chris GoddardRose TremainBrenda Reid16 July 1986 (1986-07-16)
Cast : Joan Hickson, Lynn Farleigh, Michael N Harbour, Denys Hawthorne, Matthew Long, Gay Baynes, Ed Devereaux, Robert Lang, Tony Meyer, Annie Gurney, Alexander Goodman, David McEwan and David Telfer
33"Brick is Beautiful"[8]David WheatleyAndy ArmitageBrenda Reid23 July 1986 (1986-07-23)
Cast : Christopher Wild, Caroline Milmoe, Ian Mercer, Paul Oldham, Terry Sue Patt, Tommy Boyle, Bert Gaunt, Stephen Boyes, Lottie Ward, Ruth Holden, Wendy Votel, Gilly Coman, Roberta Kerr, Louis Raynes, Anthony Benson, Drew Dawson, Doc O'Brien, Mike Donelan, Joan Campion, Margo Stanley, Ian Bleasdale and John Ryan
44"Knowing the Score"[9]Brian ParkerAlma CullenTom Kinninmont30 July 1986 (1986-07-30)
Cast : Colette O'Neil, Andrew Keir, Sandra Voe, Katy Hale, Pat Harkins, Anne Myatt, Jan Wilson, Anne Lacey, Martin Heller, Tracey Chapman, Simon Donald, William Armour, Ray Jeffries and Jonathan Battersby
55"Drums Along Balmoral Drive"[10]Jane HowellDouglas LivingstoneBrenda Reid6 August 1986 (1986-08-06)
Cast : Colin Blakely, Derek Fuke, Benedict Taylor, Michael Turner, Rowena Cooper, Larrington Walker, Jabu Mbalo, Inez Thorn, Michael Wynne, Anne Carroll, Hugh Quarshie, Eddie Tagoe, Michael Crompton, Femi Taylor, Christopher Asante, Nicholas Grant, Tommy Buson and Thomas Baptiste
66"Asinamali"[11]Ross DevenishMbongeni NgemaDavid M. Thompson13 August 1986 (1986-08-13)
Cast : Solomzi Bisholo, Thami Cele, Bongani Hlophe, Bheki Mgadi, Boy Ngema and Mbongeni Ngema
77"In Traction"[12]David WickhamStuart PatersonTom Kinninmont20 August 1986 (1986-08-20)
Cast : James Kennedy, Patrick Hannaway, Joe Mullaney, Leonard O'Malley, Matthew Hodgman, Caroline Paterson, Angie Murphy, John McGlynn, Una MacNab, Andrew Barr, Stuart Bishop, Robert Paterson
88"The Mozart Inquest"[13]Anthony GarnerSimon WhitworthMartin Thompson27 August 1986 (1986-08-27)
Cast : Elizabeth Garvie, James Griffiths, Clifford Rose, Patrick Stewart, Kate Fahy and Elizabeth Spender
99"The Marlowe Inquest"[14]Anthony GarnerSimon WhitworthMartin Thompson3 September 1986 (1986-09-03)
Cast : John Woodvine, John Savident, Michael Pennington, Nicholas Gecks, Nicholas Le Prevost, Geoffrey Beevers and Matthew Marsh
1010"Blood, Sweat and Tears"[15]Nicholas RentonJohn GodberBrenda Reid10 September 1986 (1986-09-10)
Cast : Jane Clifford, Gillian Tompkins, Michael Callaghan, Liza Sadovy and Steven Brough
1111"Shift Work"[16]Angela PopeLesley BruceBrenda Reid24 September 1986 (1986-09-24)
Cast : Maureen Lipman, Stephen Dillane, Jeffrey Chiswick, Tony Alleff, Amy Rosenthal, Adam Rosenthal, Max Murray-Barrows, Christopher Chescoe, Treva Etienne, Yolanda Vazquez, Eddie Caswell, Prue Clarke, Angus Kennedy, David Bauckham, Richard Platt, Ian Collier, Lockwood West, Robert Austin and Jim Dunk
1212"Paying Guests: Early Skirmishes"[17]Michael SimpsonE.F. Benson (novel)
Thomas Ellice
Rosemary Hill1 October 1986 (1986-10-01)
Cast : Robert Hardy, Angela Thorne, Benjamin Whitrow, Judy Cornwell, Joanna David, Annette Crosbie, Richard O'Callaghan, Avril Elgar, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Sylvia Barter, Maryann Turner, David Quilter, Margaretta Scott, Barbara Hicks and Reginald Jessup
1313"Paying Guests: The Final Assent"[18]Michael SimpsonE.F. Benson (novel)
Thomas Ellice
Rosemary Hill2 October 1986 (1986-10-02)
Cast : Robert Hardy, Angela Thorne, Benjamin Whitrow, Judy Cornwell, Joanna David, Annette Crosbie, Richard O'Callaghan, Avril Elgar, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Sylvia Barter, Maryann Turner, David Quilter, Margaretta Scott, Barbara Hicks and Reginald Jessup

Series 2 (1987)Edit

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TitleDirected byWritten byProducerOriginal air date
141"The Trial of Klaus Barbie"[19]Gareth JonesRay JenkinsTim Ironside Wood
Dennis Woolf
Claudia Milne
15 July 1987 (1987-07-15)
Cast : Mark Kingston, Maurice Denham, Christian Burgess, Jonathan Adams, Bernard Brown, David De Keyser, James Griffiths, Raad Rawi, John Stride, Colin Welland, David Calder, Charles Simon, Don Fellows, Sheila Raynor, Ronald Herdman, Lila Kaye, Peter Copley, Ray Smith, Tenniel Evans, Peter Woodthorpe, John Boswall, Sheila Burrell, Margery Mason, Margery Withers, Diana Coupland, Peggy Mount, Matyelok Gibbs, Lollie May, Beryl Cooke, Bruce Montague, Paul Anil and Jim McManus
152"Land"[20]David WheatleyBarry CollinsDavid M. Thompson22 July 1987 (1987-07-22)
Cast : John Terry, Fernando Continentino, Rui Polanah, Maria Padilha, Bebeto Baia, Dira Paes and Eduardo Conde
163"Lily My Love"[21]Adrian ShergoldElisabeth BondDavid Snodin29 July 1987 (1987-07-29)
Cast : Bill Paterson, Cindy Holden, David Horovitch, Ian Sharp, Lynne Verrall, Will Tacey and Graeme Kirk
174"Cariani and the Courtesans"[22]Leslie MegaheyLeslie MegaheyDavid M. Thompson5 August 1987 (1987-08-05)
Cast : Paul McGann, Simon Callow, Michael Gough, Diana Quick, Louiza Livingstone, Robert Goodman, Charles Gray, Lucy Hancock, Linda Polan, Caroline England, Teresa Benham, Clive Merrison and Anthony Milner
185"Our Lady Blue"[23]Robin MidgleyHeidi ThomasBrenda Reid12 August 1987 (1987-08-12)
Cast : Patricia Hayes, Doreen Mantle, Eva Griffith, Paul Beringer, Maudie Smith, Mollie Maureen and Graham Aggrey
196"Roach Motel"[24]Bryan Sinclair MorganBryan Sinclair MorganBridget Blake Wilson20 August 1987 (1987-08-20)
Cast : Sage Parker and John Wilson
207"White Lady"[25]David RudkinDavid RudkinCarol Parks26 August 1987 (1987-08-26)
Cast : Cornelius Garrett, Sophie Thompson, Jessica Martin and Meg Wynn Owen
218"Scout"[26][27]Danny BoyleFrank McGuinnessN/A8 September 1987 (1987-09-08)
Cast : Ray McAnally, Stephen Rea, Colin Connor, Michael Liebman, Gerard O'Hare, Lloyd Hutchinson, Jeremy Chapman and Paul Ryder
229"The Venus de Milo Instead"[28][29]Danny BoyleAnne DevlinN/A9 September 1987 (1987-09-09)
Cast : Jeananne Crowley, Lorcan Cranitch, Iain Cuthbertson, Ruth McGuigan, Ann Hasson, Trudy Kelly, Aine McCartney, Leila Webster, Bridget Erin Bates, B J Hogg, Mark Mulholland, Brenda Winter, Jean Claude Deret, Sylvie Fevre, Tony Doyle
2310"The Rockingham Shoot"[30][31]Kieran HickeyJohn McGahernDanny Boyle10 September 1987 (1987-09-10)
Cast : Bosco Hogan, Niall Toibin, Tony Rohr, Marie Kean, Oliver Maguire, Ian McElhinney, Hilary Reynolds, John Olohan, Gerard McSorley, Libby Smyth, Carmel McDonnell, Ronan Wilmot, Dick Holland, William Walker, John Keyes, Tony Coleman, Michael Gormley and Lucie Jamieson
2411"The Shutter Falls"[32]Peter Barber-FlemingNorman Malcolm MacDonaldTom Kinninmont
Norman McCandlish
16 September 1987 (1987-09-16)
Cast : Anthony Higgins, Emer Gillespie, Stella Gonet, Mary McInnes, Ewan Stewart, Billy Riddoch, Joan Scott, Hugh Martin, Gerry Slevin, Leonard Maguire, Iain Glass, Madelaine Taylor, Lloret McKenna and Robert Urquhart
2512"A View from a Window"[a][33]Suri KrishnammaSuri Krishnamma
Shalini Krishnamma
N/A21 September 1987 (1987-09-21)
Cast : Saeed Jaffrey and Rita Wolf
Awards : BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film, 1986
2613"Christine"[34]Alan ClarkeAlan Clarke
Arthur Ellis
Brenda Reid23 September 1987 (1987-09-23)
Cast : Vicky Murdock, Kelly George, Joanne Mapp, Mark Harvey and Anthony Smith
2714"The Interrogation of John"[35]Nicholas RentonMalcolm McKayDavid Snodin30 September 1987 (1987-09-30)
Cast : Dennis Quilley, Bill Paterson, Michael Fitzgerald, Andrew Seear, Jimmy Yuill, Dean Harris, Sean Caffrey, Richard Cordery, Patrick Godfrey, David Quilter, Kenny Ireland, Niall Padden, Penny Leatherbarrow, Trevor Penton, Jonty Stephens, David Adair, Bill Thomas, John Ramm and Ian Arthur
2815"Road"[37]Alan ClarkeJim CartwrightAndrée Molyneux
David M. Thompson
7 October 1987 (1987-10-07)
Cast : Jane Horrocks, Mossie Smith, Neil Dudgeon, William Armstrong, Susan Brown, David Thewlis, Moya Brady, Alan David, Lesley Sharp, Barbara Keogh, Tim Dantay, Andrew Wilde and Willy Ross
Awards : Winner of the Best Television Drama Prize at the Monte Carlo Television Festival[36]
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Series 3 (1988)Edit

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TitleDirected byWritten byProducerOriginal air date
291"No Further Cause for Concern"[38]John BruceRib DavisGraham Massey13 July 1988 (1988-07-13)
Cast : Sean Chapman, Rod Culbertson, John Benfield, John Tamms, Garrie J Lammin, David Hargreaves, Tony Melody, Roland Oliver, Edwin Brown, Ivor Roberts, Shaughan Seymour, Celia Bannerman, Trevor Cooper, John Sterland, David Arlen, Neil Todd, Terry Bamber and Terence Plummer
302"A Woman Alone"[39]Sharon MillerDario Fo and Franca Rame
translated by Gillian Hanna
Brenda Reid20 July 1988 (1988-07-20)
Cast : Lynn Redgrave, Nicholas Teare and Anthony Best
313"Burning Ambition"[40]Roger BamfordN/AGeorge Faber27 July 1988 (1988-07-27)
Cast : Simon McBurney, Marcello Magni, Richard Hope, Clive Mendus, Tim Barlow, Linda Kerr Scott, Rose English, Mick Barnfather, Jos Houben, Celia Gore Booth, Jean Campbell Dallas and Annabel Arden
324"Eskimos Do It"[41]Derek ListerJim BartonRichard Langridge3 August 1988 (1988-08-03)
Cast : Jean Boht, Liz Fraser, Ian Brimble, Neil Pearson, Ania Marson, Francis Low, Oscar Quitak, Jo Unwin, Cheryl Maiker and Catrin Menna
335"Out of Love"[42]Michael HouldeyTom ClarkeRuth Caleb10 August 1988 (1988-08-10)
Cast : Juliet Stevenson, Dafydd Hywel, Emrys James, Cadfan Roberts, Robert Gwilym, Robin Griffith, Gwenllian Vies, John Henry-Hughes, Eluned Jones, Huw Neville and Meirion Morris
346"Home Front"[43]Penny ChernsNick McCartyGraham Massey24 August 1988 (1988-08-24)
Cast : Stephen McGann, Jason Cunliffe, Wilbert Johnson, Simon Vaughan, Jan Ruppe, Cathy Sandford, Nick Stringer, Patty Hannock, Michael Bray, Tina Marian, Tom Hutchinson, Geff Francis, Ursula Jones, Nicholas Day, Stafford Gordon, Kate O'Connell, Tim Brown, Maurice Kaufmann, Frankie Cosgrave and Tim Gatti
357"Between the Cracks"[44]Lucy ParkerLennie James and Lucy ParkerRuth Caleb31 August 1988 (1988-08-31)
Cast : Leah Adeola, Richard Bench, Giselle Glasman, Kevin Gopie, Lennie James, Anthony Lennon, Simon McNally, Cliff Parisi, Baron Philip, Michael Quain, Gerald Simms and Richard Taylor
368"The Black and Blue Lamp"[45]Guy SlaterArthur EllisBrenda Reid7 September 1988 (1988-09-07)
Cast : Sean Chapman, Ian Brimble, Karl Johnson, John Woodvine, Nick Stringer, Peter Lovstrom, Kenneth Cranham, Ralph Brown, Barry Woolgar, Jonathan Chater, Paddy Ryan and Anthony Smee
379"The Diary of Rita Patel"[46]Michael JackleyCarole BoyerCarolyn Montagu14 September 1988 (1988-09-14)
Cast : Cheryl Miller, Tony Wredden, Indira Joshi, Assam Mamodeally, Malcolm Scates, David Adair, Kumall Grewal, Dev Sagoo, Lyndam Gregory, Ian Arthur, Michael Mulkerrin, Jon Strickland, Melissa Wilson, Maiser Asghar, Sam Smart, Chis Pitt, Howard Shannon, Cy Town, Tony Calvert, Lee MacDonald, Martin Phillips and Ozzie Stevens
3810"Starlings"[47]David WheatleyAndy ArmitageBrenda Reid28 September 1988 (1988-09-28)
Cast : Michael Maloney, Lynsey Baxter, David Ryall, Jane Downs, Frank Mills, Derek Newark, Wendy Seely, Tim Dantay, Lottie Ward, Ann Aris, Tommy Boyle, Robert Addie, Ralph Watson, Nicholas Fry, Guy Manning, Richard Lintern, Lucy Aston, Charmian Gradwell, Miles Richardson, Joshua Le Touzel, Ysanne Churchman, Pippa Vickers, Daphne Neville, Michael McStay, Alister Cameron and Anthony Benson

Series 4 (1989)Edit

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TitleDirected byWritten byProducerOriginal air date
391"Testimony of a Child"[48]Peter SmithLucy GannonLouise Panton and Ruth Caleb5 July 1989 (1989-07-05)
Cast : John Bowe, Jill Baker, Jonathan Leigh, Victoria Shalet, Heather Tobias, Paul Copley, Dermot Crowley, Ann Curthoys, Anthony Smee, Lucy Foxwell, Kate Lonergan, Marlene Sidaway and Deborah Winckles
402"A Night on the Tyne"[49]Corin Campbell-HillBill GallagherRuth Caleb12 July 1989 (1989-07-12)
Cast : Bryan Pringle, Alun Armstrong, Leslie Schofield, Robson Green, Melanie Hill, George Irving, Ralph Watson, Jimmy Swan, Rosalind Bailey, Eric Nicholson, Joe Ging and Steve Sutton
413"Loving Hazel"[50]Peter SmithLes SmithGeorge Faber19 July 1989 (1989-07-19)
Cast : Hugh Quarshie, Susan Brown, Gemma Darungton, Stephen Bent, Dona Croll, Sheila Kelley, Valerie Lilley, Arti Prashar, Andy Hockley, Ellie Haddington and Alan Cooke
424"The Attractions"[51]Anthony GarnerTony MarchantRichard Langridge26 July 1989 (1989-07-26)
Cast : Benjamin Whitrow, Reece Dinsdale and Ethna Roddy
435"Chinese Whispers"[52]Stuart BurgeMaurice LeitchRobert Cooper2 August 1989 (1989-08-02)
Cast : Niall Buggy, Gary Waldhorn, Martin Wenner, Annette Badland, Niall Cusack, Liam de Staic, Renny Krupinski, Breffni McKenna, Tony Rohr, George Shane, Daragh O'Malley, Trudy Kelly, Trevor Moore and Mel Austin
446"The Act"[53]Roy BattersbyRichard LangridgeRuth Caleb9 August 1989 (1989-08-09)
Cast : Jack Shepherd, Barry Jackson, Kenneth Haigh, Andy de la Tour, Sally Dexter, Dominic Muldowney, Andrew Findon and Terry Seymour
457"The Spirit of Man"[54]Peter BarnesPeter BarnesRichard Langridge23 August 1989 (1989-08-23)
Cast : Peter Bayliss, Dilys Laye, Clive Merrison, John Turner, Eleanor David, Nigel Hawthorne, Alan Rickman, Iain Cuthbertson, Harold Innocent and Peter Jeffrey
468"Beyond the Pale"[55]Diarmuid LawrenceWilliam TrevorRobert Cooper30 August 1989 (1989-08-30)
Cast : Prunella Scales, Annette Crosbie, Robert Lang, Ronald Hines, Jeff Rawle, James Greene, Doreen Hepburn, Barbara Adair and Ann Forsythe
479"The Hen House"[56][57]Danny BoyleFrank McGuinnessRobert Cooper6 September 1989 (1989-09-06)
Cast : Sinead Cusack, Tony Doyle, Barry Birch, Pat Leavy, Eleanor Methven, Nathan Carr, Darryl Carr, Maria McDermottroe, Colm Carlin, Domhnall Carlin and Noel Magee
4810"Seeing in the Dark"[58]Gareth JonesAlan DruryGeorge Faber13 September 1989 (1989-09-13)
Cast : David Threlfall, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Greg Hicks, Jane Bertish, Maurice Denham, Janet Steel, Stewart Bevan, Sam Howard, Symond Lawes and Giles Newington
4911"A Small Mourning"[59]Chris BernardMartyn HesfordGeorge Faber20 September 1989 (1989-09-20)
Cast : Alison Steadman, Stratford Johns, Ian Deam, Catherine Ivie, Elizabeth Bradley, Tina Earl, Pauline Yates, Dinah Handley, Celia Gore-Booth, Alan Bird, Elizabeth Crawford, Pat Mills and Sheldon Goodinson

Series 5 (1990)Edit

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TitleDirected byWritten byProducerOriginal air date
501"Amongst Barbarians"[60]Jane HowellMichael WallRichard Langridge11 July 1990 (1990-07-11)
Cast : David Jason, Rowena Cooper, Anne Carroll, Lee Ross, Con O'Neill, Kathy Burke, Josephine Welcome, Madhav Sharma, Ricardo Sibelo and Anthony Smee
512"Antonia and Jane"[61]Beeban KidronMarcy KahanGeorge Faber18 July 1990 (1990-07-18)
Cast : Imelda Staunton, Saskia Reeves, Brenda Bruce, Bill Nighy, Ian Redford, Allan Corduner, Richard Hope and Iain Cuthbertson
523"Night Voice"[62]Richard SpenceDave SheasbyJohn Chapman25 July 1990 (1990-07-25)
Cast : Alexei Sayle, Kevin Whately, Ruth Sheen, Leslie Sharp, Ian Mercer, Neil Dudgeon, Tim Barker, Sam Kelly, Rachel Bell, Gary Beadle, Barbara Hicks, Danny Schiller, Shirley Stelfox, Noreen Kershaw, Ingrid Wells, Stefan Escreet, David Boyce, Darren Scott, Tom Craig, Jan Alphonse, Chris Hargreaves, Sharon Muircroft, Kelly Breakell, Ray Ashcroft, Kathy Jamieson and Dinah Handley
534"The Englishman's Wife"[63]Robert CooperHolly ChandlerRobert Cooper1 August 1990 (1990-08-01)
Cast : Imelda Staunton, Adrian Dunbar, Denys Hawthorne, Laura Hill, Trevor Moore, Alan Devlin, Shane Connaughton, Gary Walker, Louis Rolston, Chris Samsworth, Conleth Hill, Sean Doherty and Michael Doherty
545"The Land of Dreams"[64]Diarmuid LawrenceAllan CubittColin Ludlow8 August 1990 (1990-08-08)
Cast : Antony Sher, Patrick Shai, Rudi Davies, Ian Bartholomew, Tamara Hinchco, Antony Carrick, Nathan Dambuza Mdledle, Ewen Cummins, Jude Akuwudike, Chris Stanton and Joe Wenbourne
556"Keeping Tom Nice"[65]Louise PantonLucy GannonRuth Caleb15 August 1990 (1990-08-15)
Cast : John Alderton, Gwen Taylor, Linus Roache, Henrietta Bess, Sean Chapman and Ann Curthoys
567"A Safe House"[66]Moira ArmstrongBill MorrisonN/A22 August 1990 (1990-08-22)
Cast : Maggie Shevlin, Gary Lilburn, James Coyle, Dan Gordon, Niall Cusack, Gerard O'Hare, Patrick O'Kane, James Matthews, Peter Ferdinando, P J Nicholas, Scott Riley, Annatt Bass, Lousie Kattenhorn, Lauren Martin, Victoria Aked, Fleur Fekkes, Christian Robinson, Mia Callow, Jonathan Stratt, Jeffrey Robert, Ian Thompson, Harold Saks, Tony Stephens, Michael Dalton, Barrie Ewart, Tony O'Callaghan, Al Gregg, Richard Pescud, Christopher Driscoll, Mark Shelley, Nicholas Jeune, Derek Anders and Sarah Whitlock
578"Afters"[67]Malcolm McKayPolly TealePaul Uster29 August 1990 (1990-08-29)
Cast : Jimmy Jewel, Constance Chapman and Natasha Williams
589"Wedded"[67]Malcolm McKayJim CartwrightPaul Uster29 August 1990 (1990-08-29)
Cast : Sean Bean, Lesley Sharp and Melanie Thaw
5910"Available Light"[68]Bob BentleyRobert SmithTatiana Kennedy5 September 1990 (1990-09-05)
Cast : Tom Bell, Joely Richardson, David Morrissey, Tiga Adams and Louisa Wooff
6011"Needle"[69]Gillies MacKinnonJimmy McGovernGeorge Faber12 September 1990 (1990-09-12)
Cast : Sean McKee, Emma Bird, Pete Postlethwaite, Anna Keaveney, John Bennett, Paul Barber, Gary Mavers, Stephen Walters, Arthur Kelly, Andrew Schofield, John Conteh, Carleen Ann Lundon, Thomas Branch, Paul Broughton, Timothy Barlow, Vincent Maguire, Ina Clough and Chris Darwin
6112"Traitors"[70]Malcolm McKayJimmy McGovernSimon Passmore5 November 1990 (1990-11-05)

Cast : Anton Lesser, Geoffrey Hutchings, Tim Woodward, Jonathan Phillips, David Sibley, Cyril Shaps, Ian Brimble, John Southworth, David Foxxe, Gerrard McArthur, David Chittenden, Paraic Cullen, Metin Marlow, and David Cooper

NB: Although not billed as an episode of ScreenPlay in the Radio Times, it was as such - or as a "Screenplay Special" - in some newspaper listings, and started with the contemporary series title sequence
6213"Shoot the Revolution"[71]Jane HowellPeter FlanneryGeorge Faber16 December 1990 (1990-12-16)
Cast : Bernard Hill, Bob Peck, Freddie Jones, Sorcha Cusack, Iain Cuthbertson, Dido Miles, Trevor Peacock, Matyelok Gibbs, Ralph Nossek, Pauline Letts, Roland Oliver, Lee Ross, Jonathan Firth, Morris Perry, Michael Graham Cox and David Graham
6314"August Saturday"[72]Diarmuid LawrenceWilliam TrevorRobert Cooper29 December 1990 (1990-12-29)
Cast : Sorcha Cusack, Tim McInnerny, Barry McGovern, John Kavanagh, Bairbre Ni Chaoimh, Peter Caffrey, Martina Stanley, Bosco Hogan, Rynagh O'Grady, Tony Rohr, Stephanie Fayerman, Maria McDermottroe, John Grillo, Brigid Erin Bates, Tom Hickey, Fidelma O'Dowda, Garvan McGrath, Karen O'Shea, Noel McGee and Carmel McDonnell

Series 6 (1991)Edit

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TitleDirected byWritten byProducerOriginal air date
641"Redemption"[73]Malcolm McKayMalcolm McKayGeorge Faber3 July 1991 (1991-07-03)
Cast : Tom Courtenay, Malcolm Storry, Lindsay Duncan, Miranda Richardson, Nick Moran, Liza Walker, Chloe Bates, Oliver Cotton, Trevor Cooper, Frank Mills and John Southworth
652"Broke"[74]Alan DossorStephen BillBarry Hanson10 July 1991 (1991-07-10)
Cast : Timothy Spall, Sheila Kelley, Larry Lamb, Susan Wooldridge, Leo Bill, Rosie Bill, Laura Dixon, Arthur Whybrow, Hilda Fenemore, Thomas Wheatley, Carole Harrison, Graham Weston, Peter Wear, Pauline Cory, Davyd Harries, Bharti Patel, Kenneth Hadley, Brian Portsmouth, Kathryn Hurlbutt and Shahnaz Pakravan
663"Events at Drimaghleen"[75]Robert CooperWilliam TrevorRobert Cooper17 July 1991 (1991-07-17)
Cast : T P McKenna, Sophie Ward, Hugh Fraser, Nick Dunning, Kate Binchy, Pat Laffan, John Kavanagh, Maeve Connelly, Gary Walker and Barbara Adair
674"The Fallout Guy"[76]Paul TickellJohn RandomCaroline Oulton24 July 1991 (1991-07-24)
Cast : Lou Hirsch, Amanda Boxer, Eugene Lipinski, Maria Charles, Joe Melia, Lex Van Delden, Nicolas Colicos, Mitch Webb and James Tillitt
685"Murder in Oakland"[77]Karl FrancisKarl FrancisPeter Goodchild and Ruth Kenley-Letts31 July 1991 (1991-07-31)
Cast : Ving Rhames, Lili Bernard, Lonnie Ford, Algin Ford, Brenda Callahan, Eriq La Salle, Mollie McAllister, Carol Little, Hansford Prince, Michael McFall, Edmond Johnson, Kenneth Crow, James Brooks, Deborah Garrett and Kevin Hope
696"Came Out, It Rained, Went Back in Again"[78]Betsan Morris EvansClaire DowieN/A7 August 1991 (1991-08-07)
Cast : Jane Horrocks, Gwen Taylor, Janine Duvitski and Serena Evans
707"Oranges and Lemons"[78]David YatesKay AdsheadN/A7 August 1991 (1991-08-07)
Cast : Olusola Oyeleye
718"The Missing Finger"[78]Simon Cellan JonesNick StaffordN/A7 August 1991 (1991-08-07)
Cast : Treva Etienne and Adjuna Andoh
729"One Day"[78]Ian PottsHelen EdmundsonN/A7 August 1991 (1991-08-07)
Cast : Kate Byers
7310"Paint"[78]Laura SimsKathy PageN/A7 August 1991 (1991-08-07)
Cast : Ray Winstone and Jenny Jules
7411"The Hour of the Lynx"[79]Stuart BurgePer Olov Enquist
translated by Kim Dambaek
Colin Ludlow14 August 1991 (1991-08-14)
Cast : Simon Donald, Sylvestra Le Touzel and Eleanor Bron
7512"Clubland"[80]Laura SimsNick PerryChris Parr28 August 1991 (1991-08-28)
Cast : Paul Bhattacharjee, David Morrissey, Ruth Sheen, Daniel Webb, Laura Favali, Laurence Cote, Al Fiorentini, Laurence Bouvard, Kristin Zachariassen and Sarah Martin
7613"Arise and Go Now"[81][82]Danny BoyleOwen O'NeillPaul Lister4 September 1991 (1991-09-04)
Cast : John Kavanagh, Michael Liebmann, Tony Doyle, Jim Norton and Ian Bannen
7714"Message to Major"[83]Francis GerardPieter-Dirk UysFrancis Gerard11 September 1991 (1991-09-11)
Cast : Pieter-Dirk Uys
7815"Journey to Knock"[84]David WheatleyWilliam IvoryGeorge Faber18 September 1991 (1991-09-18)
Cast : John Hurt, David Thewlis, Charles Simon, Mal Whyte, Patrick Laffan, Geraldine Plunkett, Joan O'Hara and Birdy Sweeny

Series 7 (1992)Edit

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TitleDirected byWritten byProducerOriginal air date
791"The Countess Alice"[85]Moira ArmstrongAllan CubittColin Ludlow1 July 1992 (1992-07-01)
Cast : Wendy Hiller, Zoë Wanamaker, Duncan Bell, Patricia Quinn, Lucinda Fisher, Sylvia Barter, Madge Ryan, Chris Stanton, Martin Wimbush, Hannah Cresswell, Terence Donovan, Sarah Crowden and Jane van Hool
802"Force of Duty"[86]Pat O'ConnorBill Morrison and Chris RyderRobert Cooper8 July 1992 (1992-07-08)
Cast : Donal McCann, Adrian Dunbar, Patrick Malahide, Ingrid Craigie, John Linehan, Michelle Fairley, Jim Corry, Catherine Brennan, Michael McKnight, Tim Loane, Carol Brown, Kristin Neely, Barry Birch, Sean Caffrey, Ethna Roddy, Paula McFetridge, BJ Hogg, Dan Gordon and Eileen Pollock
813"Bad Girl"[87]George CaseGuy HibbertDavid Thompson
Josephine Ward
15 July 1992 (1992-07-15)
Cast : Jane Horrocks, Lesley Manville, Nicholas Woodeson, Tom Beard, Todd Boyce, David Bradley and Carol MacReady
824"Bitter Harvest"[88]Simon Cellan JonesCharles Pattinson and Winsome PinnockCharles Pattinson22 July 1992 (1992-07-22)
Cast : Josette Simon, Sue Johnston, Yul Vazquez, Rudolph Walker, Tomas Milian, Juan M Almonte and Juanita Ageh
835"Man to Man"[89]John MayburyManfred KargeJames Mackay29 July 1992 (1992-07-29)
Cast : Tilda Swinton
846"Death and the Compass"[90]Alex CoxJorge Luis Borges (story)
Alex Cox
Karl H Braun5 August 1992 (1992-08-05)
Cast : Peter Boyle, Miguel Sandoval, Christopher Eccleston, Pedro Armendariz and Alonso Echanove
857"Buying a Landslide"[91]Simon CurtisDavid EdgarChris Parr2 September 1992 (1992-09-02)
Cast : Griffin Dunne, John Mahoney, Ron Vawter, Lisa Arrindell, Peter Gallagher, Mason Adams, Ron Rifkin and Christine Baranski
868"Springing Lenin"[92]Andrei NekrasovPatricia HannahTatiana Kennedy9 September 1992 (1992-09-09)
Cast : Geraldine McEwan
879"Business with Friends"[92]Uwe JansonDavid SpencerTatiana Kennedy9 September 1992 (1992-09-09)
Cast : Christopher Eccleston and Adie Allen
8810"Can't Stop Me Dreaming"[92]Bernard RuddenBernard RuddenTatiana Kennedy9 September 1992 (1992-09-09)
Cast : Marion van Thyn and Walter van Dyk
8911"A Little Bit of Lippy"[93]Chris BernardMartyn HesfordGeorge Faber16 September 1992 (1992-09-16)
Cast : Kenneth Cranham, Rachel Davies, Alison Swann, Danny Cunningham, Elizabeth Bradley, Bette Bourne, Tina Earl and Cliff Howells
9012"Dread Poets' Society"[94]Andy WilsonDavid Stafford and Benjamin ZephaniahEstelle Daniel23 September 1992 (1992-09-23)
Cast : Benjamin Zephaniah, Timothy Spall, Alex Jennings, Alan Cumming, Emma Fielding and Dexter Fletcher
9113"Small Metal Jacket"[94]Steve HillikerEmily Prager (story)
Scott Roberts
Caroline Oulton23 September 1992 (1992-09-23)
Cast : Debora Weston, Toshie Ogura, Marie Theodore, Jana Shelden, Tracy Thorne, Laurel Lefkow, Abigail Canton, Benedict Wong, Vincent Wong, Basil Ho-Yen, Kris Emmerson and Peter Banks
9214"You, Me and Marley"[95]Richard SpenceGraham ReidChris Parr30 September 1992 (1992-09-30)
Cast : Marc Oshea, Bronagh Gallagher, Michael Liebmann, Emma Moylan, Marie Jones, Catherine Brennan, Stella McCusker, Frank Grimes, Lorcan Cranitch, James Greene, Ian McElhinney, John Keegan, George Shane, BJ Hogg, Peter Ferris and Peter Taggart
Awards : Michael Powell Award for best British film at Edinburgh International Film Festival 1992

Series 8 (1993)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byProducerOriginal air date
931"Love Lies Bleeding"[96]Michael WinterbottomRonan BennettRobert Cooper22 September 1993 (1993-09-22)
Cast : Mark Rylance, Elizabeth Bourgine, John Kavanagh, Brendan Gleeson, Tony Doyle, Robert Patterson, George Shane, James Nesbitt, Emma Jordan, Stuart Graham, Tim Loane, James Durrell, Michael Liebmann, Bosco Hogan, Margaret D'Arcy, Paula Hamilton and Victoria Jameson
942"The Merrihill Millionaires"[97]Les BlairRob RitchieLynn Horsford29 September 1993 (1993-09-29)
Cast : Stephen Rea, John Bowler, John McGlynn, Steve Huison, Glenn Cunningham, Simon Ashley, Elizabeth Mickery, Barbara Horne, Shelagh Fraser, William Ivory, Steve Halliwell, Ian Dunn, Kerrie Plowman, Julia Ford, Jon Croft, Philip David, Chris Collings and Al T Kossy
953"The Vision Thing"[98]Pedr JamesMark LawsonCharles Pattinson6 October 1993 (1993-10-06)
Cast : Richard Wilson, Derek Jacobi, Nathaniel Parker, Kenneth Cranham, Catherine Russell, Nicholas Farrell, Clive Russell, Phyllida Sewell, Liz Kettle, Christopher Fulford, Albie Woodington, Lennox Greaves:, Gerald Sim, Lisa Bowerman, Dale Rapley, Marilyn Finlay, Anne Marie Marriott, Richard Dixon, Alastair Campbell, Martin Young and Hamish McColl
964"Safe"[99]Antonia BirdAl AshtonDavid M Thompson13 October 1993 (1993-10-13)
Cast : Kate Hardie, Aidan Gillen, George Costigan, Andrew Tiernan, Steven MacKintosh, Robert Carlyle, Carol Leader, Neil Smals, Cheryl Maiker, Marc O'Shea, Kevin Walsh and Louise Heaney
975"Not Even God Is Wise Enough"[100][101]Danny BoyleBiyi Bandele-ThomasColin Ludlow20 October 1993 (1993-10-20)
Cast : Paterson Joseph, Vivienne McKone, Ellen Thomas, Mona Hammond, Doyle Richmond, Mark Strong, Trevor Bowen, Kevin Allen and Ben Thomas
986"Boswell and Johnson's Tour of the Western Isles"[102][103]John ByrneJohn ByrneNick Barton27 October 1993 (1993-10-27)
Cast : Robbie Coltrane, John Sessions, Leo Sho-Silva, Celia Imrie, Tony Halfpenny, Alan David, Carol MacReady, Joanne Thirsk, Penelope McGhie, Mark Anstee, Ian Dury and Donald MacNeill

Notable productionsEdit


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  7. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Daylight Robbery
  8. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Brick is Beautiful
  9. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Knowing the Score
  10. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Drums Along Balmoral Drive
  11. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Asinamali
  12. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: In Traction
  13. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: The Mozart Inquest
  14. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: The Marlowe Inquest
  15. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Blood, Sweat and Tears
  16. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Shift Work
  17. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Paying Guests: Early Skirmishes
  18. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Paying Guests: The Final Assent
  19. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: The Trial of Klaus Barbie
  20. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Land
  21. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Lily My Love
  22. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Cariani and the Courtesans
  23. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Our Lady Blue
  24. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay Firsts: Roach Motel
  25. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: White Lady
  26. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Next: Scout
  27. ^ BBC – ScreenPlay – Scout
  28. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Next: The Venus de Milo Instead
  29. ^ BBC – ScreenPlay – The Venus de Milo Instead
  30. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Next: The Rockingham Shoot
  31. ^ BBC – ScreenPlay – The Rockingham Shoot
  32. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: The Shutter Falls
  33. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay Firsts: A View from a Window
  34. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Christine
  35. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: The Interrogation of John
  36. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Road
  37. ^ BBC – Radio Times – Screenplay: Road
  38. ^ BBC – Radio Times – Screenplay: No Further Cause for Concern
  39. ^ BBC – Radio Times – Screenplay: A Woman Alone
  40. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Burning Ambition
  41. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Eskimos Do It
  42. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Out of Love
  43. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Home Front
  44. ^ BBC – Radio Times – Screenplay: Between the Cracks
  45. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: The Black and Blue Lamp
  46. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: The Diary of Rita Patel
  47. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Starlings
  48. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Testimony of a Child
  49. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: A Night on the Tyne
  50. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Loving Hazel
  51. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: The Attractions
  52. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Chinese Whispers
  53. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: The Act
  54. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: The Spirit of Man
  55. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Beyond the Pale
  56. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: The Hen House
  57. ^ BBC – ScreenPlay – The Hen House
  58. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Seeing in the Dark
  59. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: A Small Mourning
  60. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Amongst Barbarians
  61. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Antonia and Jane: A Definitive Annual Report
  62. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Night Voice
  63. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: The Englishman's Wife
  64. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: The Land of Dreams
  65. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Keeping Tom Nice
  66. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: A Safe House
  67. ^ a b BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay Double Bill
  68. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Available Light
  69. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Needle
  70. ^ BBC – Radio Times – Traitors
  71. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Shoot the Revolution
  72. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: August Saturday
  73. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Redemption
  74. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Broke
  75. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Events at Drimaghleen
  76. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: The Fallout Guy
  77. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Murder in Oakland
  78. ^ a b c d e BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: City Shorts Compilation
  79. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: The Hour of the Lynx
  80. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Clubland
  81. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Arise and Go Now
  82. ^ BBC – ScreenPlay – Arise and Go Now
  83. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Message to Major
  84. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Journey to Knock
  85. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: The Countess Alice
  86. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Force of Duty
  87. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Bad Girl
  88. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Bitter Harvest
  89. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Man to Man
  90. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Death and the Compass
  91. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Buying a Landslide
  92. ^ a b c BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Continental Drift
  93. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: A Little Bit of Lippy
  94. ^ a b BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay
  95. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: You, Me and Marley
  96. ^ BBC – Radio Times – ScreenPlay: Love Lies Bleeding
  97. ^ BBC – Radio Times – Screenplay: The Merrihill Millionaires
  98. ^ BBC – Radio Times – Screenplay: The Vision Thing
  99. ^ BBC – Radio Times – Screenplay: Safe
  100. ^ BBC – Radio Times – Screenplay: Not Even God Is Wise Enough
  101. ^ BBC – ScreenPlay – Not Even God is Wise Enough
  102. ^ BBC – Radio Times – Screenplay: Boswell and Johnson's Tour of the Western Isles
  103. ^ BBC – ScreenPlay – Boswell and Johnson's Tour of the Western Isles

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