Play for Today’s Title Sequences

Forgotten Television Drama

By Tom May

During its run from 1970 until 1984, the one-off drama series Play for Today employed seven different title sequences. In my article for the Special Issue on ‘Play for Today at 50’ for the Journal of British Cinema and Television , I provide a historical analysis of these. Focusing on how the different sequences invested the strand with a particular identity and prepared audiences for the plays that followed, it identifies the  main modes of address employed by the title sequences and the ways in which they both startled and seduced viewers.

This shorter post is intended to complement this article by presenting the findings of a survey I undertook from June 2021 to January 2022. This aimed to gather the views on the various title sequences of a range of interested parties. While there is no pretence at rigorous sampling, the views of the 61 people…

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