….You’d Have To Invent Them

A one off made for television play from the pen of Johnny Speight.  Made by London Weekend Television for ITV and originally screened in Black and White in 1968.

This dark, but comical play, whose theme was the unthinking perpetuation of religious and racial prejudice was revived in full colour with a new cast in 1974.


Set in a cemetery peopled by a collection of recognisable types. The plot concerns a young man who is ‘accused’ by a blind man of being black. This opens an examination of race and religion, colour and creed, and death and disease. The play poses an eternally relevant question: is the desire for segregation an inherently human trait?





Ronald Radd
Leonard Rossiter
Laurence Hardy
Nerys Hughes
Richard Beckinsale
Vicki Michelle


Channel: ITV
Written By: Johnny Speight
Directed By: Charles Jarrott
Originally transmitted: 1974


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