Michael (“Mike”) Dibb, a prominent British television documentarian, was an early advocate of the film essay genre. In the late 1970s, Dibb collaborated with Brian Sutton-Smith and other play scholars on a five-program series for the BBC entitled Fields of Play. These documentaries explored play in conjunction with learning, working, sports, gambling, and other aspects of everyday life. Sutton-Smith served as a consultant for the series and was the central commentator of the first segment, Plays of Meaning. Each 60-minute program, recorded in both the United Kingdom and the United States, focused on a different theme and provided a glimpse into why and how people play. The series aired on BBC Two in 1982.