"Truth in drama is forever elusive. You never quite find it, but the search for it is compulsive"
Harold Pinter on receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005
Harold Pinter (1930-2008) was one of the most important and influential British playwrights of the last century. While best known for his work for the stage, this collection celebrates Pinter’s significant contribution to television. His work for the screen shares many of the qualities of that for the stage, from a fascination with the private roots of power and an abiding preoccupation with memory, to a belief in the agency of women. Featuring 10 previously unavailable plays made for the BBC between 1965 and 1988, and a dazzling array of British acting talent including Michael Gambon, Julie Walters, Leo McKern, Vivien Merchant, John Le Mesurier and Miranda Richardson.
Tea Party (Charles Jarrott, 1965) • A Slight Ache (Christopher Morahan, 1967)
A Night Out (Christopher Morahan, 1967) • The Basement (Charles Jarrott, 1967)
Monologue (Christopher Morahan, 1972) • Old Times (Christopher Morahan, 1975)
The Hothouse (Harold Pinter, 1982) • Landscape (Kenneth Ives, 1983)
The Birthday Party (Kenneth Ives, 1987) • Mountain Language (Harold Pinter, 1988)
Writers in Conversation: Harold Pinter (1984, 47 mins): an ICA interview with Harold Pinter by Benedict Nightingale
Pinter People (1969, 16 mins): a series of four animated films written by Harold Pinter
Face to Face: Harold Pinter (1997, 39 mins): Sir Jeremy Isaacs interviews Harold Pinter, who discusses the images and events which have inspired some of his most powerful dramas
Harold Pinter Guardian Interview (1996, 73 mins, audio only): an extensive interview recorded at the National Film Theatre
Illustrated booklet with new writing by Michael Billington, John Wyver, Billy Smart, Amanda Wrigley, David Rolinson and Lez Cooke, and full film credits