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Armchair Thriller Vol.10 - Quiet As A Nun [DVD]

Maria Aitken , Renee Asherson , Linda Slater    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maria Aitken, Renee Asherson, Brenda Bruce, David Burke, James Laurenson
  • Directors: Linda Slater
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E6Q0SA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,515 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Another episode from the classic British TV series of unsettling dramas. In this episode, television reporter Jemima Shore (Maria Aitken), a former pupil at a convent school, is asked to investigate the mysterious death of one of the convent's nuns, who died from starvation after locking herself in one of the tower rooms.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Long-awaited Spookiness! 24 Jan 2010
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For years Quiet As A Nun has been at the top of my list for programmes most desperate to see. I've read the book two or three times, and in watching the dvd (many times now) I was not disappointed! Along with the good acting and pace of the story, it also has wonderful sets and atmospheres. Maria Aitken is perfect as Jemima Shore, and also memorable are the various eccentric nuns and amusing schoolgirls. A great spooky tale! Buy it, you will not regret it!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best in the classic Armchair Thriller series 10 Nov 2008
Quite simply put this is the best in the classic series Armchair Thriller. It is certainly the one that most people remember. The basic plot concerns a television journalist (superbly played by Maria Aitken) who is asked to investigate the death of a nun in a convant tower. This nun's convant is said to be haunted by the so called "Black Nun". There are several twists in this chilling tale.

I remember watching this when I was younger and the scene with the faceless black nun sitting in a rocking chair is just as chilling now as it was when I first watched it. As I said before this is the best and certainly (in my opinion) the most scary story in the series. A chilling piece of British television and well worth adding to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Habits 11 Sep 2008
Many things haunted my youth - fluorescent socks, the bittersweet twist of a first and unrequited love, losing six straight games of "strip kerplunk" and having to roller-skate home in just me vest - nothing, however, comes close to THAT chest-tightening moment in Armchair Thriller's "Quiet as a Nun" when Maria Aitken (think Yvette Fielding in a woolly hat) climbs the steps of the church tower to the sound of something rocking eerily back and forth and slowly opens the hatch to find... a very unusual nun indeed. It's this, together with the steady, spine-tingling build-up of tension and a gutsy performance from Aitken, which elevates the efficient murder-mystery to the premier league of classic British chillers alongside the likes of The Signalman, Night of the Demon, Children of the Stones, Adventures 2 & 4 of Sapphire & Steel and that bit on The Bionic Woman when the fembot's face falls off (we don't count that though, it's not British).

This six-part series is adapted from Antonia Fraser's novel and stars Aitken as TV journalist Jemima Shore (later given her own series Jemima Shore Investigates with Patricia Hodge as the eponymous heroine) investigating the troubled death of old school friend Sister Miriam and the strange goings-on (at night!) at the Convent of the Blessed Eleanor, and includes Patsy Kensit (Birdseye Peas) in an early role. It's true that it was the talk of the Nation's playgrounds and work spaces - a watercooler moment when the closest people had ever got to a real watercooler was watching Jack Klugman fill his face on Quincey. I was much too young for all that of course and only happened to catch it via my mother's womb when the midwife accidentally picked up ITV on the monitor as she was giving her a scan (true).

We've waited a long time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Memories 25 April 2014
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I bought this for my mum and me to remind ourselves of the series. It scared me so much when I saw it as a child but now we found it quite amusing. Worth buying for the memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 April 2013
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Thank you! Very entertaining. This took me back to my youth when my sister and I watched it and were scared to death ( in a good way).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 27 Oct 2011
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I really enjoyed watching this DVD again and again! I am really glad that the Armchair Thriller series is available to watch once again. sometimes, I wish that they would put this series back on the screen, as their is far too many games shows, talent shows-which are rubbish, to say the least!-and far too many repeats. If the Armchair Thriller series was put back on TV again, the audiences would be big!
I will be ordering more of the Armchair Thriller series soon. Thank to all at Amazon UK.
Mr Michael Johnson
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