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1969

4 Jul. 1969
A Man on Her Back
John is an aspiring composer and pianist at a club and Mary is a single girl that he meets there. When friendship turns to romance, John has to contend with Colin, a charming ladies' man who turns to Mary in times of trouble.
 
24 Jan. 1969
Silent Song
Life in a Trappist monastery offers a life of contemplation and hard labour.
 
28 Mar. 1969
Cathy Come Home
Cathy loses her home, husband and eventually her child through the inflexibility of the British welfare system.
 
8 Jan. 1969
The Fabulous Frump
A fashion editor competes for the affections of a designer with their new male model.
 
15 Jan. 1969
Smoke Screen
A successful advertising executive who promotes a brand of cigarettes is reproached by his family when his mother contracts terminal lung cancer.
 
22 Jan. 1969
Doctor Atkinson's Daughter
After a year as a Volunteer Service Overseas worker, a young woman returns home in search of love and understanding.
 
29 Jan. 1969
The Apprentices
A portrait of the life of some Northern apprentices.
 
12 Feb. 1969
Birthday
A woman unwittingly springs a surprise at her sister's 27th birthday party.
 
19 Feb. 1969
The Big Flame
Dock workers under the threat of redundancy, work day and night in an attempt to keep employed by running the workforce themselves.
 
26 Feb. 1969
A Serpent in Putney
An off-beat romance in bed-sitter land.
 
5 Mar. 1969
Bam! Pow! Zap!
A young man bitterly regrets his part in an attack on a bank cashier.
 
2 Apr. 1969
Sling Your Hook
A group of coal miners from Nottingham go on their annual trip to Blackpool.
 
9 Apr. 1969
A Child and a Half
A man enters into a correspondence with his colleague's eight-year-old daughter.
 
16 Apr. 1969
Son of Man
Dennis Potter's controversial reading of the life of Christ, with Jesus portrayed as a hearty, fiery, well-meaning carpenter who believes that people should try to love their enemies rather than fight all the time, but who is racked by self doubt as to whether or not he is the popularly anticipated Messiah.
 
23 Apr. 1969
The Exiles
Three Trinidadians consider what it means to be exiles in an essentially white society.
 
30 Apr. 1969
Blodwen, Home from Rachel's Marriage
The daughter of a religious Welsh family becomes the centrepiece of a bizarre student festival.
 
1 Oct. 1969
The Last Train through Harecastle Tunnel
A shy clerk suffers from his colleagues petty office politics and contemptuous treatment of him, but this weekend, as a deeply involved train spotter, the closing of an old tunnel is his big adventure. On the way up, he encounters a well off couple with a daughter that hates them, and an Army Sergeant whose men hate him. The hotel he stays at is run by a fellow railway enthusiast, with a gay son that hates him, and he meets a famous signal designer with a daughter that hates him.
 
8 Oct. 1969
Patterson O.K.
A story about growing up, falling in love and settling old scores in the unfriendly environment of a big city.
 
15 Oct. 1969
The Mark II Wife
A woman who suspects her husband of having an affair reveals her suspicions at a party.
 
22 Oct. 1969
Close the Coalhouse Door
The history of the mining industry in the northeast of England is told through family drama, comedy sketches and song.
 
5 Nov. 1969
All Out for Kangaroo Valley
Two young Australians on holiday in London find that the "old country" has its problems.
 
12 Nov. 1969
Happy
The story of an up-and-coming businessman.
 
19 Nov. 1969
There Is Also Tomorrow
The commanding officer of a regiment handling nuclear missiles is shocked to see his daughter Sally on television taking part in a student demonstration.
 
26 Nov. 1969
Double Bill: The Compartment/Playmates
In the first part, an insane man boards a quiet railway coach and starts to annoy a patient man trying to read a paper with incessant small talk in an increasingly menacing manner until he finally pulls out a gun and screaming class hatred bile, humiliates the man until his stop is reached. In part two he breaks into a lonely house and proceeds to terrorise a spinster woman who lives there.
 
3 Dec. 1969
Blood of the Lamb
A student architect and his black girlfriend set out from South Africa to Britain. On the voyage, the student shares a cabin with an enigmatic Austrian.
 
10 Dec. 1969
The Vortex
Young Nicky Lancaster must cope with the discovery that his socialite mother is a drug addict.
 
17 Dec. 1969
It Wasn't Me
A couple seek a desperate remedy to the problem of a burdensome parent.
 

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