This article presents an original statistical analysis of Play for Today (BBC1, 1970–84). It begins by defining what counts as a Play for Today. It then presents six specific data-sets examining the following: (1) the output of Play for Today in different periods; (2) the duration and scheduling of plays; (3) their originality; (4) the use of film or video; (5) audience viewing figures; and (6) the number of television repeats. It also compares the data to indicate the construction of a privileged Play for Today canon which ignores a large ‘lost continent’ of Plays for Today.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Journal of British Cinema and Television|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Apr 2022|