Thirty-Minute Theatre

BBC Two (ended 1973)




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Welcome to the Thirty-Minute Theatre guide at TV Tome. Of all the drama anthologies produced by the BBC in the 1960s and 1970s, "Thirty-Minute Theatre" is possibly the most forgotten and least documented. Not as big-budgeted or well-publicized as "The Wednesday Play" and "Play for Today," this series nevertheless displayed high-quality writing in both its adaptations and original scripts. Some of its notable writers include Dennis Potter, David Rudkin, John Mortimer, Roy Minton, Charlotte and Denis Plimmer, and Tom Stoppard. In its 9-year run, the series presented a broad spectrum of themes, styles, and subjects, with a mixture of drama, comedy, satire, social comment, and fantasy, racking up nearly 300 teleplays in the process. When the BBC launched its color service in late 1967, "Thirty-Minute Theatre" became the first BBC drama series to be produced and broadcast in color. The photo is from "The Chequers Manoeuvre."