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  • Actors: John Thaw, Anton Rodgers, Kenneth Haigh, Bill Maynard, Susannah York
  • Directors: Kim Mills, Jonathan Alwyn, Peter Duguid, Philip Saville, Gareth Davies
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Mono, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sept. 2012
  • Run Time: 423 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MJD2WC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,885 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Armchair Theatre was ITV's flagship drama anthology series. Initially screened between 1956 and 1973, it was hugely popular, with viewing figures occasionally reaching twenty million, and became a byword for quality in televised drama. Pioneering, immensely influential and sometimes challenging in its content, the series consistently drew upon a wide range of talent. Armchair Theatre became a showcase for the post-war generation of British writers who sought to place sensitive social topics - in particular the British class system - under the microscope. Throughout, the series featured a number of powerful, award-winning plays, and its lasting influence was a testament to producer Sydney Newman's passionate belief in television's potential to bring high-quality drama to the viewing public.

This collection brings together a further eight plays, initially broadcast between 1970 and 1974. Featuring scripts by Donald Churchill, P.J. Hammond and Roger Marshall, whose play ties into an episode of his most memorable series - Public Eye, the programmes include accomplished performances from, among others, John Thaw, Anton Rodgers, Kenneth Haigh, Bill Maynard, Susannah York, Gordon Jackson and Warren Clarke.

[] Wednesday's Child
[] Competition
[] The Left Overs
[] High Summer
[] The Creditors
[] The Death of Glory
[] The Square of Three
[] According to the Rules
 

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I've seen none of these, but I'm rather surprised that Volume Two like Volume One features later episodes of this series; it would have been much better to work in some of the more groundbreaking 1960s episodes, such as The Trial of Dr Fancy or The Lover. Anyway, Amazon are never going to shift any of these unless there's some product information. The following is from the Network DVD website:

Wednesday's Child
A doctor takes an attractive nurse into his home to help his wife through her convalescence. The stage looks set for an affair. But events take an unexpected course, and in the end, the doctor's wife has to make a curious choice.
Starring Katharine Blake, Prunella Ransome and Gary Watson
Written by Roger Marshall
Directed by Kim Mills
Original ITV Transmission 10 November 1970

Competition
`You don't want to believe a word your dad says. Nobody else does.' Young Ray hardly needs the advice. A budding poet, he particularly wants his father to go with him to the poetry competition at school - but father has something else on his mind, and Ray's awakening disillusion is confirmed.
Starring John Thaw, Michael Jayston, Anne Carroll, William Relton and Keith Chegwin
Written by Douglas Livingstone
Directed by Kim Mills
Original ITV Transmission 5 October 1971

The Left Overs
Mike comes home to an `empty' flat and finds a surprise waiting for him in the bath. After a time, he grows used to having his visitor around, but the bachelor flat will never be quite the same again...
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Whilst watching this DVD, I realised just how far film and TV has progressed. Nevertheless, this is a good example of the genre of the time and really brings back memories. There are appearances by a number of really accomplished actors who show how versatile they truly are. Really good viewing for all fans of the Armchair Theatre days.
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Some are better than others, but good on the whole. Very interesting seeing famous people when they were younger, also some
of the older excellent performances of Margaret Leighton for instance.
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THIS IS SUPERB TELEVISION. YOU CAN BUY THIS WITHOUT RESERVATIONS.
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great dvd, no complaints
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