First episode date 19 October 1965
Number of seasons 16
Country of origin United Kingdom
Final episode date 12 September 1983
Networks BBC, BBC One
|Genre Drama Anthology/Classic adaptations|
Original language(s) English (some translations)
No. of episodes 120 (inc. 2 repeats under this title)
Producer(s) Peter Luke (1965-66), Cedric Messina (1966-77), others
Camera setup multi-camera/film inserts
Number of episodes 120 (inc. 2 repeats under this title)
Cast Helen Mirren, Jeremy Brett, Frank Finlay, Robert Powell
Similar The Wednesday Play, Play for Today, Theatre 625, Armchair Theatre, ITV Sunday Night Theatre
Play of the Month is a BBC television anthology series, which ran from 1965 to 1983 featuring productions of classic and contemporary stage plays (or adaptations) which were usually broadcast on BBC1. Each production featured a different work, often using prominent British stage actors in the leading roles. The series was transmitted from October 1965 to September 1983; the producer most associated with the Play of the Month series was Cedric Messina.
Some of the 120 episodes are missing from the archives, having been junked in the 1960s and 1970s. Unless stated otherwise, the indication that the play is "lost" is taken from the lostshows.com website page as of 3 October 2016. In some cases, the link is to the Play of the Month in question rather than the source text. This is indicated with an asterisk (*).
List of episodes
The main source for compiling this list was the BFI Film & TV database. The website's master list is here. IMDb has also been used as a check, and occasionally as the main source where a substitute is lacking.
Unless stated otherwise, Cedric Messina was the producer.
Legend: Se = Season; Ep = Episode; AS/A = Archive status/Availability
Abbreviations: tr =Telerecording; seq = sequence(s)