'A view from north of the border': Scotland's 'forgotten' contribution to the history of the prime-time BBC1 contemporary single TV play slot

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This article surveys BBC Scotland’s “forgotten” contribution to the history of the prime-time contemporary TV play slot on BBC1, including its contributions to The Wednesday Play (BBC TV, 1964-70) and its later leading involvement with The Play on One (BBC TV, 1988-91), following the demise of the London-produced Play for Today slot (BBC TV, 1970-84). The article argues that Scotland’s contribution to TV drama has been historically a rich one and that it is important to remember this today as BBC Scotland struggles to compete with BBC Wales in the wake of the latter’s designation as a national “Drama Hub”.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-341
Number of pages17
JournalVisual Culture in Britain
Issue number3
Early online date22 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017



  • Scotland
  • television drama
  • BBC
  • Single play
  • 1960s
  • 1980s
  • nations and regions
  • Thatcherism

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