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ALAN Bleasdale's Early To Bed, his first TV work which has rarely been seen since 1975, is to be released by the BBC.

Early To Bed starred Alison Steadman before she went on to the likes of Abigail's Party, The Singing Detective, Gavin & Stacey and the 1995 version of Pride And Prejudice.

Acclaimed Liverpool-born writer Bleasdale, who turned 70 this year, is being celebrated in the Alan Bleasdale At The BBC Collection.

The Muscle Market, starring the late Pete Postlethwaite, is also released for the first time since its 1981 broadcast.

In Early To Bed, Steadman plays Helen - a married woman who starts an affair with her 18-year-old neighbour Vinnie (played by EastEnders actor David Warwick).

The 30-minute single drama was first broadcast on BBC Two in March 1975 as part of the Second City Firsts strand for writers new to television.

Renowned for his social commentary and realistic portrayals of working class life, the Bleasdale collection also includes 1980 ground-breaking single play The Blackstuff and its spin-off series Boys From The Blackstuff.

Also featured in the collection is controversial 1986 drama, The Monocled Mutineer starring Paul McGann, which centres around a mutiny during World War One.

| Alan Bleasdale At The BBC Collection is available now.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2016
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