TELEVISION & RADIO
Many of Noel Coward's plays, songs and writings have been featured on Radio and Television. In his Centenary Year the BBC has featured several plays and special programmes featuring his life and his work.
Click on a decade below to read about Coward and his Radio & Television work.
1930s 40s  1950s  1960s  1970s  1980s
1990s 
 PROGRAMME  DATE  DETAILS
TELEVISION
 1930s and 40s RETURN
Hay Fever
NBC-RCA TV, NY

1st August, 1939
Eighty minute television version of the play.
Blithe Spirit
NBC-RCA TV, NY

12th May, 1946
Television version of the play.
Blithe Spirit
BBC TV

 1948
Television version of the play.
 1950s RETURN
Red Peppers
NBC-RCA TV, NY

 18th March, 1951
Television version of the one act play from 'Tonight at 8.30'.
Still Life
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars CBS-TV, NY

 26th October, 1951
Television version of the one act play from 'Tonight at 8.30'.
Toast of the Town
CBS-TV, NY

 22nd February, 1953
Ed Sullivan presented the Titanic scene from 'Cavalcade' with John Forsyth and Maria Riva (Marlene Dietrich's daughter)
Tonight at 8.30
Producer's Showcase
NBC-TV, NY

 18th October, 1954
Television adaptations of 'Red Peppers', 'Still Life' and  'Shadow Play'. Starred Ginger Rogers, Trevor Howard  and Gig Young.
Cavalcade
The 20th Century Fox Hour
CBS-TV, NY

 5th October, 1955
An adaptation of the play by Peter Packer.
Together With Music
Ford Star Jubilee CBS-TV, NY  22nd October, 1955

 22nd October, 1955
A ninety minute entertainment written and directed by Coward.
Blithe Spirit
Ford Star Jubilee CBS-TV,NY

 14th January, 1956
Television adaptation of the play. Adapted and directed  by Coward.
Person to Person
CBS-TV, NY
 27th April, 1956 Coward interviewed in a programme produced by Ed Burrows.
This Happy Breed
Ford Star Jubilee CBS-TV,NY
 5th May, 1956 Colour television version of the play. Adapted and directed  by Coward.
Ed Sullivan Show
CBS-TV,NY
 8th April, 1956 Coward performed an edited version of Carnival of Animals with Kostalanetz.
South Sea Bubble
BBC, England

 4th September, 1956
Televised from the theatre Act II, scenes 1 & 2 before  an  invited audience.
Nude With Violin
BBC, England

 11th December, 1956
Televised from the Globe Theatre. Act I and both scenes  of Act II.
Ed Sullivan Show
CBS-TV,NY

 8th December, 1957
Coward sand a medley of his songs.
Small World
CBS-TV,NY

 22nd March, 1959 & 29th March, 1959
Ed Murrow hosted programme. Coward was interviewed  on the same programme as James Thurber  and Siobhan  McKenna.
What's My Line?
CBS-TV,NY

 1st March, 1959
Coward appeared as the mystery guest and promoted 'Look After Lulu'
Private Lives
ATV, England

 16th January, 1959
Television adaptation of the play. Directed by Lionel Harris.
Nude With Violin
BBC, England

 1959
Television adaptation of the comedy.
Noel Coward Interview Show

 October, 1959
A pilot for an interview series that never happened. interviewed Darryl Zanuck in Paris.
1960s RETURN
Red Peppers
Three In One (Art Carney Show)

 8th February, 1960
Television adaptation of the one act comedy from 'Tonight at 8.30' with Elaine Stritch leading the cast.
The Vortex
BBC, England

1960 
Television adaptation of the play.
Hay Fever
Play of the Week
BBC, England

 24th May, 1960
Television adaptation of the comedy. with Dame Edith Evans.
Tonight Show with Jack Parr
NBC-TV, US

28th February, 1961 
Noel Coward as a guest on the show.
Brief Encounter
NBC-TV Dinah Shaw Show Chevy Show

 26th March, 1961
Television adaptation of the screen version of 'Still Life'  with Dinah Shaw
This Happy Breed
BBC-TV, London

8th April, 1962 
Television adaptation of the play.
Today Show
NBC-TV, NY

 3rd October, 1963
Two hour programme on Coward - produced by Al Morgan.
Fallen Angels
BBC-TV, London

23rd October, 1963 
Television adaptation of the play with Moira Redmond.
Sunday
NBC TV, NY

8th December, 1963 
Noel Coward appeared and discussed 'The Girl Who Came to Supper'
Ed Sullivan Show
CBS-TV, NY

Christmas Day, 1963 
Tessie O'Shea and the company performed the 'London Sequence' from 'The Girl Who Came To Supper' .
What's My Line?
CBS-TV,NY

 12th January, 1964
Coward appeared as the mystery guest.
A Choice of Coward:
Present  Laughter.
Granada Television

 10th August, 1964
This marked the start of a series of his plays introduced  by Coward.
A Choice of Coward:
Blithe Spirit
Granada Television

17th August, 1964 
A series of his plays introduced  by Coward.
A Choice of Coward:
The Vortex
Granada Television

 24th August, 1964
A series of his plays introduced  by Coward.
A Choice of Coward:
Design for Living
Granada Television

 31st August, 1964
A series of his plays introduced  by Coward.
90 Years On: Churchill's 90th Birthday Tribute
BBC TV, London & WOR-TV, NY

29th November 1964 
Written by Terence Rattigan and narrated by Noel Coward
Golden Hour of Drama
ATV

 August, 1965
Introduced by Coward.
Great Acting
BBC-2-TV

12th March 1966 
Noel Coward interviewed by Michael MacOwan.
Norwegian Broadcasting Company

1966 
Interview with Noel Coward
Eamonn Andrews Show
BBC-TV, London

22nd May, 1966 
This Irish ex-boxer turned presenter interviewed Coward.
Pretty Polly Barlow
Armchair Theatre
BBC-TV, London

10th August, 1966 
Television adaptation of the short story by William  Marchant (who wrote a biography of Coward).
Blithe Spirit
Hallmark Hall of Fame
NBC-TV, NY

7th December, 1966 
Television adaptation of the comedy starring Dirk Bogarde.
Present Laughter
ITV, England

15th March, 1967 
Television adaptation of the comedy starring Peter O'Toole as Gary Essendine and Honor Blackman as Liz.
Look After Lulu
BBC-TV, London

 1967
Television adaptation of this Coward farce.
Androcles and The Lion
NBC-TV, NY

15th November, 1967
A television musical with Noel Coward played the part  of Caesar.
Mrs. Capper's Birthday
BBC-TV, London
  Television adaptation of the short story by William  Marchant (who wrote a biography of Coward).
Star Quality, Playhouse

14th August, 1968 
Television adaptation of the short story by William  Marchant (who wrote a biography of Coward).
Don't Count the Candles
BBC-TV, UK & CBS-TV, US

 26th March, 1968
Film by Lord Snowdon about aging featuring Noel Coward.
The David Frost Show
ITV & WNEW, NY

16th September, 1968 
Interview of Noel Coward by David Frost (now Sir.)
Post-Mortem
The Jazz Age Drama Series
BBC-TV

17th September, 1968 
The first production of Coward's play (1939) - directed  by John MacKenzie.
Saturday Special: The Words and Music of Noel Coward
ITV, London

1968 
The title says it all!
Hay Fever
Play of the Month
BBC-1-TV, London

 11th August, 1968
Television adaptation of the comedy starring Celia Johnson, Denis Price & Anna Massey.
Marvellous Party!
LWT-TV, London

10th January, 1969 
A musical tribute to Coward with Laurence Harvey, Cleo Laine and Betty Marsden.
Omnibus: Noel Coward: Playwright
BBC

 1st December 1969
Patrick Garland interviews Noel Coward. Extracts from  this were used in The Noel Coward Trilogy shown on  BBC-TV-Arena programme, Christmas 1998.
The Vortex
The Wednesday Play
BBC-1-TV, London

10th December, 1969 
Richard Warwick, Margaret Leighton, Alan Melville and Patrick Barr starred.
This Happy Breed
BBC-2-TV, London

11th December, 1969 
Television version directed by Donald McWhinnie with  Frank Finlay as Frank Gibbons.
The Marquise
London Play of the Month
BBC-1-TV

 14th December 1969
Television version of the play with Celia Johnson in the  title role.
Red Peppers
BBC-1-TV

15th December, 1969 
Dora Bryan and Bruce Forsyth as the 'Peppers'. Support from Edith Evans and Anthony Quayle.
Noel Coward's Birthday Party
BBC-1-TV

16th (what else?) December 1969 
At the Lancaster Room, the Savoy, London. 300 of Coward's friends were present including the Mountbattens and Sir Lawrence Olivier.
Songs of Coward
BBC-TV, London

 26th December ,1969
 
 1970s RETURN
Dick Cavett Show
WNEW-TV, NY

 10th February, 1970
A widely acclaimed interview with Coward and the Lunts.
David Frost Show
WNEW-TV, NY

 19th February, 1970
Coward a guest with Margaret Mead the anthropologist. Sergio Franchi sang a Coward song before he appeared.
Tony Awards
ABC-TV, NY

 19th April, 1970
Coward was presented with an award for 'Distinguished Achievement in the Theatre'
Oh Coward!
CBC-TV, Toronto, Canada

 16th February, 1971
Televised version of the revue based on Coward's words and music.
Tribute to Sir Noel Coward
BBC-1-TV, London
  A tribute to Coward from Olivier, Dickie Attenborough, John Mortimer and Alan Melville.
This Is Noel Coward
ITV, London
WNET-TV, NY
 
8th April, 1973 
October, 1974 &
11th December, 1974
Show as a tribute to the late Sir Noel Coward and included an enormous number of contemporary and current stars. Written, produced and directed by Charles Castle who later produced a book of the programme that is in  most people's Coward collection.
Brief Encounter
Hallmark Hall of Fame
NBC-TV

  11th December,1974
Adaptation of Coward's play 'Still Life' and 'Brief Encounter'.
Private Lives
BBC-TV, London

28th December, 1976 
This is the televised adaptation included on the recently  released 'Private Lives and Biographical Film'. Good  performance but lacks so much because it was not  performed in front of an audience an audience.
Design for Living
BBC-1-TV

 12th May, 1979
Television adaptation of the Coward comedy with Rula  Lenska as Gilda and Dandy Nichols as the maid.
 1980s RETURN
Song By Song By Coward
ITV, London &
WNET, NY

1980 
Ned Sherrin directed this tribute to Coward's words and music. With Cleo Lane, David Kernan, Gemma Craven, Ned Sherrin and Ian Carmichael
Oh Coward!
CBC, Toronto &
Broadway on Showtime, US

July, 1980 
Television version to mark the tenth anniversary of the revue.
The Marquise

1980 
Coward's play.
Present Laughter
BBC-TV, London
Arts Cable Network, US

1981 
Taped at the Vaudeville Theatre with Donald Sinden as Gary Essendine
Mike Wallace Special
CBS-TV, VY

Christmas Day, 1981 
A part of Coward's life and career was shown.
South Bank Show:
Lawrence Olivier: A Life
LWT, London

 17th October, 1982
A 1960's Noel Coward interview was used in the show.
Suite in Three Keys
BBC, London

 1983
Television version of Coward's last play with Deborah Carr and Paul Scofield.
A Private Life
BBC-1-TV, London

8th April, 1983 
A documentary about Coward
Star Quality: Noel Coward Stories
BBC & PBS TV, WGBH TV Boston & Arts and Entertainment

 1985

1987
A series of dramatisations of Coward's short stories.
Star Quality (as above)

 10th November, 1985
Play of the story, with Susannah York, Ian Richardson,  David Yelland  and Pam Ferris.
Mr.& Mrs. Edgehill (as above)

 1985
Also known as Star Quality: Mr. & Mrs. Edgehill.
Me and the Girls (as above)

 1985
Also known as Star Quality: Me and the Girls.
Bon Voyage (as above)

 1985
Also known as Star Quality: Bon Voyage.
Mrs.Capper's Birthday
(as above)

 1985
Also known as Star Quality: Mrs. Capper's Birthday
Mrs.Capper's Birthday
WNET-TV, NY

19th April, 1987 
Screenplay by Jack Rosenthal starring Patricia Hayes, Paula Wilcox and Max Wall
Mr & Mrs. Edgehill
WNET-TV.NY

5th April, 1987
Ian Holm and Judi Dench star in another colonial comedy vehicle on and near the island of Samolo.
Me and The Girls
WNET-TV.NY

 19th April, 1987 
Starring Tom Courtenay
Bon Voyage
WNET-TV.NY

26th April, 1987 
Judy Parfitt and Nigel Havers on a luxury cruise ship heading to Hawaii.
What Mad Pursuit
Art & Entertainment Network,  NY
  Acknowledgements to Coward in a story that mirrored  a situation in his own life.
 1990s RETURN
Tonight at 8.30
BBC and A&E

14th April 1991 
Eight Coward one act plays from 'Tonight at 8.30' were  presented in slightly edited half-hour formats by the Joan  Collins Repertory Company.
Coward
The South Bank Show
LWT, London
Bravo, NY
February, 1992 
 
 
21st March, 1992
Hour-long documentary with Phillip Hoare, Daniel Massey, John Osborne, Lord Lawrence Olivier, Graham Payn, Ned Sherrin, Sir John Mills, John Lahr, Sir David Lean, Sir John Gielgud, Maria Aitken, Alex Jennings, Michael Jayston.
The Noel Coward Trilogy
BBC - Arena

Christmas 1998 
Three programmes documenting Coward's life over three and a half hours with discussions between Sheridan Morley, Philip Hoare and  John Lahr at the Ivy Restaurant; home movie and early film  footage; a trip around Chalet Coward at Les Avants with Graham Payn and a final part in  Jamaica .

 Copyright - The Noel Coward Society - May 2001