The Wednesday Play was an anthology series of British television plays which ran on BBC1 from October 1964 to May 1970. Every week's play was usually written for television, although adaptations from other sources also featured. The series gained a reputation for presenting contemporary social dramas, and for bringing issues to the attention of a mass audience that would not otherwise have been discussed on screen.
Fable is a British television play, shown on 27 January 1965 as an episode of The Wednesday Play series on BBC 1. Written by John Hopkins, the play is set in a parallel totalitarian Britain where those in authority are black people, and white people are their social underdogs - a reversal of the situation in contemporary apartheid South Africa. It was directed by Christopher Morahan and produced by James MacTaggart.
"The liberal middle-class mask well and truly slips in John Hopkins' intense, slow-burning love triangle drama, broadcast in the BBC's groundbreaking Wednesday Play slot. An affluent, cosmopolitan London couple (Jackson and Lynch) find their outwardly charmed lives turned upside down by the appearance of a troubled homosexual friend (Williamson), who quickly touches a raw nerve. In a virtuoso performance, Jackson's spirited, cerebral Cathy finds herself unable to penetrate either man's psyche. Stylishly shot and built to a shocking crescendo by director Page, this gripping chamber piece simmers with suppressed desire, creativity – and rage." Quoting the description from the 2011 London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival site.