A long-running drama anthology series that ran on BBC 1 from 1970 to 1984 which as the title suggested showed a different single drama every episode. It 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.
- Spiritual Successor: To The Wednesday Play.