Play Away

Play Away is a British television children's programme. A sister programme to the infants' series Play School, it was aimed at slightly older children.

It ran from 1971 until 1984, and was broadcast on Saturday afternoons on BBC 2.

The format was a little like a music-hall variety show or 'end-of-the-pier' show. The Musical Director was Jonathan Cohen on piano, with Spike Heatley on double bass and Alan Rushton on drums, often with accomplished guest musicians such as trombonist George Chisholm.

Regular 'Players' throughout the thirteen-year run included familiar Play School presenters such as Brian Cant, Toni Arthur, Derek Griffiths,Lionel Morton, Chloe Ashcroft, Floella Benjamin, Johnny Ball, Carol Chell and Julie Stevens.

Show Info

Airs on: United Kingdom BBC Two (1971 - 1984)
Schedule: Saturdays (30 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: Children

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Previous Episode

Episode 10

Episode 13x10; Jan 28, 1984

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
13x10: Episode 10Jan 28, 1984
13x09: Episode 9Jan 21, 1984
13x08: Episode 8Jan 14, 1984
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