A long-running drama anthology series that ran on BBC1 from 1970 to 1984, which—as the title suggested—showed a different one-off teleplay each episode. The series featured some early works of famous directors such as Barry Hines and Mike Leigh, alongside some seminal stuff from less-cinematically-inclined writers such as Dennis Potter.
Tropes Present Throughout the Series
- Folk Horror: The episodes Penda's Fen and Robin Redbreast, notably.
- Men Are the Expendable Gender: Rob is Killed Offscreen at the end of Robin Redbreast.
- A Touch of Class, Ethnicity and Religion: A lot of the plays, such as The Right Prospectus and Abigail's Party, touch on class tensions in British society.
- Penda's Fen challenges the idea that Britain, and particularly England, is an inherently Christian country by exploring the Pagan history of The West Midlands.
- Spin-Off: Rumpole of the Bailey began as a one-off episode of this show.