The Long Distance Piano Player

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The Long Distance Piano Player was the first ever programme in the BBC's Play for Today series, broadcast on 15th October 1970[1] and starring Ray Davies and directed by Philip Saville about a several-day marathon of non-stop piano playing.

Mark Ayres' Initial Catalogue describes one of Delia's tapes as "Long Distance Piano Player?"[2] and it is listed on Briscoe's 1971 list of BBC Radiophonic Workshop productions.[3] but all the music is orchestral, solo piano or jazz and the Radiophonic Workshop is not credited[4].


  • DD166: Ray Davies' Got To Be Free, for inclusion in this
  • DD232: Ray Davies Marathon Copy (Long Distance Piano Player? TRW 4069?)


  • First broadcast on 15th October 1970.[1]