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For the first ten years of ITV there was always a single play to be found in the top British programmes of the year. The shows had titles like TV Playhouse, Theatre Royal, Fireside Theatre, Armchair Theatre and Play Of The Week.
In 1962, at least three ITV produced drama’s appeared each week.
One of the most controversial was When The Kissing Had To Stop, about a left-wing government elected in Britain and the takeover by a Communist superpower. It caused a political storm for what was interpreted as an anti-Labour stance when it aired in October 1962.
On 28 November of the same year, ITV really went overboard when they screened Electra by Sophocles – performed in the original Greek!