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Written by  Various
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Running time  30 minutes
Final episode date  9 August 1973
Language  English
Executive producer  Graeme MacDonald
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Genre  Drama Anthology
Directed by  Various
No. of episodes  286
First episode date  17 October 1965
Number of episodes  286
Networks  BBC, BBC Two
Similar  Armchair Theatre, The Wednesday Play, Theatre 625, Play of the Month, Play for Today

Thirty-Minute Theatre is an anthology drama series of short plays shown on BBC Television between 1965 and 1973, which was used in part at least as a training ground for new writers, on account of its short running length, and which therefore attracted many writers who later became well known. It was initially produced by Graeme MacDonald.

Thirty-Minute Theatre began on BBC2 in 1965 with an adaptation of the black comedy Parson's Pleasure (author, Roald Dahl). Dennis Potter contributed Emergency – Ward 9 (1966), which he partially recycled in the much later The Singing Detective (1986). In 1967 BBC2 launched the UK's first colour service, with the consequence that Thirty-Minute Theatre became the first drama series in the country to be shown in colour.

As well as single plays, the series showed several linked collections of plays, including a group of four plays by John Mortimer named after areas of London in 1972, two three-part Inspector Waugh series starring Clive Swift in the title role, and a trilogy of plays by Jean Benedetti, broadcast in 1969, focusing on infamous historical figures such as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Other plays were broadcast by writers like Charlotte and Denis Plimmer (The Chequers Manoeuvre, 1968), David Rudkin (Bypass, 1972, and Atrocity, 1973) and Jack Rosenthal (And For my Next Trick, 1972).

Thirty-Minute Theatre was cancelled in August 1973. Second City Firsts, also of 30 minutes duration, fulfilled much the same role.

Archive holdings

Out of the original 286 episodes, 239 are missing, one is incomplete and 3 exist on formats inferior to the original.

References

Thirty-Minute Theatre Wikipedia


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