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4.0 out of 5 stars Er..., 8 July 2012
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This review is from: Armchair Theatre - Volume 3 [DVD] (DVD)
This is most intriguing, as the black and white Armchair Theatre episodes were often the most challenging, as the Channel Four retrospective a few years ago made clear. (The two earlier compilations bizarrely only used the later colour ones.) However at time of writing (Jul 2012), once again, no product information from Amazon. Even Network DVD don't have any information about this product. I suggest we all write to Derek Acorah to ask if he can find out for us.
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Initial post: 11 Jul 2012, 14:48:00 BST
Pioneering, enormously influential and often challenging, Armchair Theatre was ITV's flagship
drama anthology series. Bringing high-quality contemporary drama to a wider viewing public,
the series easily demonstrated the network's potential to rival the BBC's drama output with
diverse and powerful plays by some of Britain's most gifted writers.

This set comprises twelve plays taken from the series' first incarnation, produced by ABC and
broadcast in the 1950s and '60s. An astonishing roll-call of writers includes J.B. Priestley,
James Mitchell, Fay Weldon and Alun Owen; Patrick McGoohan, Stanley Baker, Billie Whitelaw,
Colin Blakely, Judy Cornwell and Hugh Griffith are among the celebrated and accomplished
actors appearing in groundbreaking dramas ranging from the playful to the poignant.


[] Now Let Him Go retakes - alternate takes from the oldest surviving edition
[] Old Man's Fancy - an unaired play from 1964

Now Let Him Go
One of England's greatest figures in the world of art is found dying. Who will inherit his money and his paintings, and how does his death affect his granddaughter Felicity, and Stan, the son of a North Country publican?
Starring Hugh Griffith, June Thorburn, Ursula Howells, Frances Rowe and William Mervyn
Written by J.B. Priestley
Directed by Dennis Vance
Original ITV Transmission 15 September 1957

The Criminals
A board meeting is interrupted by a known criminal who threatens the four directors' families with harm if they don't follow his plans exactly...
Starring Stanley Baker, Raymond Huntley and Allan Cuthbertson
Written by Eric Paice and Malcolm Hulke
Directed by James Ferman
Original ITV Transmission 28 December 1958

A Night Out
Albert Stokes has a night out, against the wishes of his possessive mother. At an office party, he is involved in an embarrassing incident which leads to a more eventful evening than he had bargained for.
Starring Tom Bell, Madge Ryan, Arthur Lowe and Vivien Merchant
Written by Harold Pinter
Directed by Philip Saville
Original ITV Transmission 24 April 1960

Lena, O My Lena
Tom is fed up with his fellow students and wants to work with `people' for a change. He takes a vacation job in a warehouse, where he falls under the spell of Lena and finds out where he really belongs.
Starring Billie Whitelaw, Colin Blakely, Peter McEnery and Scott Forbes
Written by Alun Owen
Directed by William T. Kotcheff
Original ITV Transmission 25 September 1960

The Man Out There
In the loneliness of space, the world's first astronaut, cut off from base, is linked up by a freak radio reception with a Canadian trapper's wife. She too is isolated, and facing a life or death situation...
Starring Patrick McGoohan, Clifford Evans, Katharine Blake, Jack Watson and Marne Maitland
Written by Donal Giltinan
Directed by Charles Jarrott
Original ITV Transmission 12 March 1961

The Omega Mystery
Butler and Robinson, the unconventional spycatchers first seen in 1960's Armchair Theatre drama Flight from Treason, return - this time to track down a saboteur at a nuclear research station.
Starring John Gregson, Donald Churchill, Stanley Meadows, David Spenser, Frank Gatliff, Miranda Connell and Patrick McAlinney
Written by James Mitchell
Directed by Guy Verney
Original ITV Transmission 10 September 1961

Tune On The Old Tax Fiddle
It's a black day for Toby Dickson when an anonymous letter "shops" him to the Inland Revenue. When the dust of conflict has settled, who is the winner - Toby or the Inspector?
Starring Raymond Huntley, Norman Rossington, John Le Mesurier, Vivienne Martin and Henry McGee
Written by Ronald Hardy
Directed by Charles Jarrott
Original ITV Transmission 17 December 1961

Afternoon of a Nymph
A young would-be starlet is invited to a party - offering her a chance to meet all the right people and, she hopes, move on to bigger and better things...
Starring Janet Munro, Ian Hendry, Peter Butterworth,
William Gaunt, Patrick Holt and Aubrey Morris
Written by Robert Muller
Directed by Philip Saville
Original ITV Transmission 30 September 1962

The Snag
Ed Crayshaw is a public relations man noted for his success with women; but he has some nasty shocks when he tackles Madame Emma and her niece Agatha, who run a salon selling foundation garments.
Starring Derek Francis, Barrie Ingham, Gwen Nelson, Patsy Rowlands and Arthur Lowe
Written by Donal Giltinan
Directed by Jonathan Alwyn
Original ITV Transmission 4 August 1963

Living Image
Robert Manders is a traditional portraitist and Royal Academician. When his son John returns from America with radically different ideas about art, conflict threatens to destroy their close and tender relationship.
Starring Alec Clunes, Alexis Kanner, Kynaston Reeves, James Villiers and Elizabeth MacLennan
Written by James Broom Lynne
Directed by Philip Saville
Original ITV Transmission 18 August 1963

Poor Cherry
Cherry's marriage to Brian may have stagnated, but she finds plenty of compensation in her work with Philip Rick, a candidate in the local election. When her home becomes a campaign headquarters, the two are conveniently thrown together.
Starring Dilys Laye, Jane Birkin, Judy Cornwell, Gwen Nelson and Peter Arne
Written by Fay Weldon
Directed by Piers Haggard
Original ITV Transmission 9 September 1967

Special Feature:
Old Man's Fancy
Recorded on New Year's Eve 1964, this play was never transmitted.
Sir Harold's dalliance with a much younger woman is cause for consternation among his children.
Starring Clifford Evans, Robert Hardy, Peter Jeffrey and Meg Wynn Owen
Written by Evan Jones
Directed by Toby Robertson


In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012, 22:00:20 BST
Last edited by the author on 14 Jul 2012, 22:01:34 BST
John Gammon says:
Well done PJ - you did what I was going to do and did do over one of the earlier volumes, but this info wasn't on the NetworkDVD site when I posted originally. Baffling why firms put these products up for sale with no product information. I'm planning to buy this one now; I much prefer the earlier episodes.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2012, 13:56:01 BST
pepperhead says:
how can you award to 2 star's when you haven't seen it yet,information you require is on network site as i have seen it myself.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2012, 12:41:06 BST
John Gammon says:
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Posted on 7 Sep 2012, 15:55:24 BST
DS says:
Er... this isn't a review, and it's just plain stupid to give the DVD 2 stars on the basis that you can't find out anything about it.
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