Playing the Field
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|Playing the Field|
|Created by||Kay Mellor|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||32|
|Executive producer(s)||Charles Brand
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Tiger Aspect Productions|
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Original run||8 March 1998– 10 February 2002|
Inspired by the Pete Davies' novel I Lost My Heart To The Belles — which was written about a real-life club, the Doncaster Belles — Playing the Field ran for five series, from 1998–2002, with scripts by, amongst others, Kay Mellor, Sally Wainwright and Gaynor Faye.
Despite being set in South Yorkshire, much of the location filming took place in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, although the fifth (and final) series was filmed around Leeds; whilst the theme song, "Blue" by Alison Moyet, was originally a B-side track about the singer's love of Southend United FC. A young Marsha Thomason — who has since appeared in U.S. shows Las Vegas and Lost — featured in the first three series of Playing the Field. The first four series have been released on DVD in the UK, but the fifth has yet to be made available.
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