As you've probably noticed from previous weeks' entries in this strand, such as Scum, Contact and Penda's Fen, director Alan Clarke was responsible for many of British TV's finest - and toughest - plays. BBC2 Playhouse's Diane, starring the then 20-year-old Janine Duvitski (Waiting For God, Abigail's Party) whom Clarke more or less plucked straight out of drama school to play the 13-year-old protagonist, is one of Clarke's toughest, dealing with incest on a council estate.
Written by 'David Agnew' (actually Clarke using a BBC pseudonym after re-rewriting Anthony Read's initial script), it's harrowing, subtle but still humane, and still packs a punch.
- July 3, 2013: The Wednesday Play: Blue Remembered Hills (1979)
The Wednesday Play is Dennis Potter's Blue Remembered Hills