BBC Sunday-Night Play

BBC Sunday-Night Play[1] is the anthology drama series which replaced Sunday Night Theatre in 1960. It was broadcast on what was then BBC Television (now BBC One).

The series often included versions of modern theatrical successes, but original work appeared in the slot too. David Mercer's A Suitable Case for Treatment (1962) was later adapted as the feature film Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966),[2] while Madhouse on Castle Street (1963) starred the then little known Bob Dylan.

The series ended in 1963. Out of a run of 138 episodes, only 15 are believed to survive[3] (See Wiping).


  1. Sources vary over the precise name. IMDb uses the name given complete with the hyphen, while has The Sunday Night Play and Radio Times lists it as The Sunday-Night Play. Asa Briggs mentions that The Sunday Play replaced Sunday Night Theatre in 1960. See Briggs The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom: Volume V: Competition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995, p.279
  2. Janet Moat Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966), BFI screenonline
  3. Missing or incomplete episodes for programme The Sunday Night Play,

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