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    Armchair Theatre: Volume 4




    Pioneering, immensely influential and often challenging, Armchair Theatre was ITV’s flagship drama anthology series. Bringing high-quality drama to the viewing public, the series easily demonstrated the network’s potential to rival the BBC’s drama output, with diverse and powerful plays showcasing some of Britain’s most gifted writers.

    This set comprises twelve plays featuring performances by some of the era’s most celebrated and accomplished actors – including Susannah York, Colin Blakely, Ian Holm, Irene Handl, Donald Pleasence, Terry-Thomas, Patrick Macnee, Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier, among many others. This volume includes early plays by both Jack Rosenthal and David Perry, and a star-studded production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

    THE EMPEROR JONES
    A convicted murderer escapes from prison and flees to a Caribbean island, where he sets himself up as ‘Emperor’ to the natives.
    Starring Kenneth Spencer and Harry H. Corbett
    Written by Terry Southern from the play by Eugene O’Neill
    Directed by Ted Kotcheff
    Original ITV Transmission 30 March 1958

    THE GREATEST MAN IN THE WORLD
    When Jackie Smurch - the Greatest Man in the World - dies, the world is wracked with grief. ITV joins up with American television to cover the funeral.
    Starring Ludovic Kennedy, Donald Pleasence, Patrick McGoohan, Wensley Pithey and Michael Balfour
    Written by Reuben Ship based on the short story by James Thurber
    Directed by Ted Kotcheff
    Original ITV Transmission 9 November 1958

    THE SCENT OF FEAR
    ‘Why are you frightened, Miss Bridey?’ asks the police chief; ‘The scent of fear is all around you.’ Air hostess Joan Bridey has good reason to fear Kralik – for she must hide from him the young man she is trying to smuggle aboard a London-bound plane from Eastern Europe...
    Starring Dorothy Tutin, Anthony Quayle, Carl Duering, Neil McCallum and John Carson
    Written by Ted Willis
    Directed by John Moxey
    Original ITV Transmission 13 September 1959

    AFTER THE SHOW
    Young Maurice Liebig takes the first steps towards maturity when he is called to the bedside of his uncle’s girlfriend after her suicide attempt.
    Starring Hermione Baddeley, Carmel McSharry, Jeremy Spenser, Paul Whitsun-Jones and Ann Lynn
    Written by Angus Wilson
    Directed by Ted Kotcheff
    Original ITV Transmission 20 September 1959

    LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME
    Lord Arthur Savile postpones his wedding in order to commit a murder. Which of his many relatives is to have the honour of being the victim?
    Starring Terry-Thomas, June Thorburn, Ernst Thesiger, Arthur Lowe and Eric Pohlmann
    Written by Constance Cox and Gerald Savory
    from the short story by Oscar Wilde
    Directed by Alan Cooke
    Original ITV Transmission 3 January 1960

    THE TROUBLE WITH OUR IVY
    Everything seems so normal in the quiet suburban street. Who can guess that the feud between the house-proud Tremblows and the Chards next door will lead to terror?
    Starring John Barrie, Laurence Hardy, Gretchen Franklin and Dandy Nichols
    Written by David Perry
    Directed by Charles Jarrott
    Original ITV Transmission 19 November 1961

    THE HARD KNOCK
    Pat Greevey returns from sea, and searches Liverpool for people who may help him prove that his brother was unjustly hanged.
    Starring Colin Blakely, Frank Finlay, J.G. Devlin, Sylvia Kay and Ronald Lacey
    Written by Alun Owen
    Directed by Ted Kotcheff
    Original ITV Transmission 8 July 1962

    THE PARADISE SUITE
    Beautiful movie star Lena Roland, the idol of millions, occupies ‘The Paradise Suite’, yet yearns for love…
    Starring Sam Wanamaker, Ian Holm, Caroll Baker, Jess Conrad and Derek Smith
    Written by Robert Muller
    Directed by Philip Saville
    Original ITV Transmission 17 February 1963

    LONG PAST GLORY
    The ponderings of two opinionated men are disturbed by a stranger.
    Starring Maurice Denham, John Le Mesurier and David Andrews
    Written by Len Deighton
    Directed by Charles Jarrott
    Original ITV Transmission 17 November 1963

    THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
    The most famous comedy in the English language involves two pairs of lovers, a mistaken identity, and a secret weekend in the country...
    Starring Susannah York, Irene Handl, Patrick Macnee, Fenella Fielding, Ian Carmichael, Wilfrid Brambell and Charles Lloyd Pack
    Written by Oscar Wilde
    Directed by Bill Bain
    Original ITV Transmission 15 November 1964

    I TOOK MY LITTLE WORLD AWAY
    Do people love enough? Or understand enough? Mandy Hope, traumatised by the recent suicide of her best friend, faces the challenge of living in a world full of people who do not care enough – until she meets Geoffrey Mather.
    Starring Susannah York, John Robinson, John Ronane, Clemence Bettany and Gary Watson
    Written by John Hopkins
    Directed by Peter Hammond
    Original ITV Transmission 14 March 1965

    THE NIGHT BEFORE THE MORNING AFTER
    Does everyone have the ‘magic chemistry’? A ‘sort of mysterious something going from one to the other – and back’. On their wedding eve, Susan and Neville have their doubts...
    Starring Bernard Lee, Julia Foster, Rodney Bewes, Betty Marsden and Trevor Bannister
    Written by Jack Rosenthal Directed by Kim Mills
    Original ITV Transmission 2 April 1966

    • Catalogue Number : 7953796
    • Available Since : 28/11/2012
    • Classification 12
    • Number of Discs 4
    • Picture 1.33:1 / Black and White
    • Sound Mono / English
    • Subtitles None
    • Region 2 / PAL
    • Time 733 mins approx
    • Short Name Armchair Theatre 4

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    Armchair Theatre: Volume 4

    Armchair Theatre: Volume 4

    Pioneering, immensely influential and often challenging, Armchair Theatre was ITV’s flagship drama anthology series. Bringing high-quality drama to the viewing public, the series easily demonstrated the network’s potential to rival the BBC’s drama output, with diverse and powerful plays showcasing some of Britain’s most gifted writers.

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