Playing the Field

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Playing the Field
Created by Kay Mellor
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 32
Executive producer(s) Charles Brand
Tessa Ross
Kay Mellor
Producer(s) Kathleen Hutchison
Hugh Warren
Greg Brenman
Lis Steele
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Tiger Aspect Productions
Original channel BBC One
Original run 8 March 1998 (1998-03-08) – 10 February 2002 (2002-02-10)

Playing the Field is a BBC television drama series following the lives of the Castlefield Blues, a fictitious female football team from South Yorkshire.


Inspired by the Pete Davies' novel I Lost My Heart To The Belles — which was written about a real-life club, the Doncaster BellesPlaying 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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