In the 1950s and 1960s, the single play was the most prestigious form of drama on British television. Throughout the 1950s, Sunday Night Theatre provided the dramatic highpoint of the week on the BBC, and from 1957 the BBC Television World Theatre offered an additional showcase for classic literary adaptations. This was traditional BBC territory onto which ITV had begun to encroach, and this was despite ITV's commitment to more populist programming. The single play became an important part of the commercial network's schedules. The three ITV anthology play series, Television Playhouse (1956–64), Play of the Week (1956–67), and Armchair Theatre (1956–74), leant prestige to the ITV schedules and provided stiff opposition for the BBC. In addition to the work that was produced while Kennedy Martin was working as a scriptwriter/adapter at the BBC from 1959to 1961, there were several other projects that never went into production.
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