TV Play For Today: Blooming Youth (BBC-1 1973, Philip Jackson, Lydia Lisle) Published 3 years ago on September 3, 2016 Blooming Youth, an entry in the famed Play For Today strand was an improvised drama about a group of Polytechnic students sharing a house together. Jeff is a world weary cynic, Jim is a nervous studious virgin, Adrian and Jayne are your archetypal student couple in a relationship. Not a great deal actually happens, the biggest plot line in the piece is towards the end when interloper Bernie makes a play for Jayne which causes him to leave in a hurry. It would definitely have been an eye opener for the audience at the time with its glimpse into a studenty world not really portrayed on TV with any sense of realism. Here the dingy rooms and boredom will be highly familiar to anyone who has experienced it first hand. Les Blair, like Mike Leigh, was something of an improvisation specialist and here he takes a devisors credit rather than a written by one, he would have provided the cast with the outline of a story and then through an extended rehearsal period they would have worked it into a coherent piece of drama. It’s the kind of device that always works well for this type storyline where it is the interaction between the characters that is the most important thing. production details UK / BBC-1 (Play For Today) / 1×75 minute episode / Broadcast 18 June 1973 Devisor and Director: Les Blair / Costumes: Sally Nieper / Production Design: Cynthia Kljuco / Producer: Tony Garnett cast PHILIP JACKSON as Jeff COLIN HIGGINS as Jim PETER KINLEY as Adrian LYDIA LISLE as Jayne PETER JONFIELD as Bernie CARRIE LEE-BAKER as Julie RYNAGH O’GRADY as Grainne PAT BEE as Rebecca WILLIAM HOYLAND as Chris Green BRUCE TAYLOR as Mr Gardiner MAUREEN ASHER as Girl Downstairs LOUISE NELSON as Waitress DUCKS DELUXE as The Band BBCColin HigginsDramaLes BlairLydia LislePhilip JacksonPlay For TodayTony GarnettTV Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes24 hours ago America Unearthed: Vikings in the Desert (Travel Tues 28 May 2019) Vikings in the Desert : Scott Wolter investigates alleged Viking artifacts found in the Arizona desert by using state-of-the-art XRF... Episodes24 hours ago Diabolical: Someone’s Lying (S2EP12 ID Tues 28 May 2019) Someone’s Lying: When a hunter stumbles upon a woman’s body with an execution-style gunshot wound to the back of her... Episodes24 hours ago True Conviction: Murder in New England (S2EP7 ID Tues 28 May 2019) Murder in New England: After grandmother Irene Kennedy is found dead in a park, her family is split apart when... Episodes24 hours ago The Last O.G.: Your Mom’s in My Business (S2EP9 TBS Tues 28 May 2019) Your Mom’s in My Business: Shay decides to launch her own fashion line after she realizes that she is faced... Episodes24 hours ago Texicanas: Chapter 4 – The Truce (S1EP4 Bravo Tues 28 May 2019) Chapter 4 – The Truce: Luz invites the other women to come to a concealed handgun class; Lorena and Penny... search EPISODES Episodes24 hours ago Chrisley Knows Best: Rugrats (S7EP2 USA Network Tues 28 May 2019) Rugrats: Julie forces Todd to host Chloe’s first slumber party; Faye thinks she smells a rat. Airdate: Tuesday 28 May... Episodes24 hours ago Chopped: Dill Dilemma (S42EP8 FoodTV Tues 28 May 2019) Dill Dilemma: The chefs must come up with a solution to a culinary puzzle that includes a dill pickle-flavored treat... Episodes24 hours ago The Curse of Civil War Gold: Southern Comfort (S2EP5 HISTORY Tues 28 May 2019) Southern Comfort: Kevin and the team are enticed by a family’s century-old secret to visit Georgia, where they stumble upon... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Dumbo | 2019 | Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans... Movies2 months ago The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | 2018 | Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself... Movies2 months ago Triple Frontier | 2019 | Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Struggling to make ends meet, former special ops soldiers reunite for a high-stakes heist: stealing $75 million from a South... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.