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  • Director

    John Glenister

  • Starring

    Jimmy Logan, Ann Scott-Jones, Gerard Kelly, Lizzie Radford

  • Certificate


  • Run Time

    64 mins

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  • Country of Origin


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  • Editor: Stan Pow

  • Produced by: Neil Zeiger

  • Music: George Fenton

  • Screenplay by: Tom McGrath

  • Production Designer: Tim Harvey

  • Sound Production: Brian Hiles

Director Bio

John Glenister

P&I - Director Bio

John Glenister (b. 1932, London) is an English television director. His credits include the TV mini-series Emma (1972), Casanova (1971), The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970) and episodes of the Canterbury Tales (1969) among many others.

Play For Tomorrow: The Nuclear Family

Part of the Retrospective: The Future Is History Strand


McGrath’s wry look at the trials and tribulations of the household of the future is a fascinating piece of Scottish television quite unlike any other. Originally broadcast during the Falklands conflict, this rarely screened science-fiction special, written by McGrath for the BBC’s short lived Play for Tomorrow series, is a perfect link to our Brave New World strand, and as one of the few filmed examples of McGrath’s dramatic work in existence, a neglected gem of immense cultural interest. Following the film, a short excerpt from BBC Radio's Prospects, in which McGrath talks about The Nuclear Family, will be played in the auditorium.

Materials courtesy of BFI and BBC Scotland.

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