All nineteen plays written by Samuel Beckett are to be filmed for television and the cinema.

The films are being produced for RTÉ in association with Channel 4 at a cost of four and a half million pounds.

For the first time actors and directors will bring all of Samuel Beckett's plays to the big and small screen. Neil Jordan, Conor McPherson, Karel Reisz and Michael Gambon are just some of those involved in the project.

Michael Gambon describes the intensity of preparing and filming a one and a half hour long play in two weeks. 

Every day was like ten pages of dialogue. Thick, heavy, Beckett dialogue.

While some of Beckett's writing has been produced on television before, there has never been a complete collection of his work on film. 

Director General of RTÉ Joe Mullholland says that RTÉ is both fortunate and honoured to have been given the rights to all the Beckett plays by the Beckett Estate. 

We have a wonderful lineup of major international directors and of course, Irish directors and international stars and Irish stars.

Michael Colgan of the Gate Theatre believes that the films will reach a wide audience.

The time has come for Beckett. He is going to be the giant of this century.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 5 February 2000. The reporter is Colm Connolly.