Play for Today: I Can’t See My Little Willie (1970)

UK, 19 November
videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English
Series: Play for Today (1970-1984) – series 1, episode 5

A British fantasy television play written by Douglas Livingstone and directed by Alan Clarke.

Plot Summary

A middle-aged council officer starts to see life as a game show played by seaside postcard cartoon characters.


Directed by: Alan Clarke
Produced by: Irene Shubik
Written by: Douglas Livingstone

Nigel Stock (Arthur)
George A. Cooper (Frank)
Avril Elgar (Christine)
Jo Rowbottom (Val)
Daphne Slater (Mary)
Frank Gatliff (Phillips)
Ronald Clarke (Johnny)
Michael Graham Cox (David)
John Scott Martin (landlord)
Patsy Smart (woman in bar)
Matthew Clarke (Janicee)
Elaine Donnelly (Louise)
Malcolm McFee (Peter)
Elaine Mitchell (Susan)
Harold Goodwin (Dennis)
Bert Palmer (Mr Jones)
Colin Cunningham (man in bar)
Penny Dixon (waitress)
Alan Lawrance (Salvationist)
Harry Davis (Ben)
Eric Lindsay, Fred Hugh, Eddie Connor (barmen)
Reggie Cross (organist)



  • Play for Today: The Evolution of Television Drama by Irene Shubik pp.164-165 – note in chapter Experiments in Form: The Innovators