Armchair Cinema

Synopsis
Armchair Cinema was one of the first projects undertaken by Thames Television’s Euston Films subsidiary. Based on the format of the hugely successful and influential Armchair Theatre, Armchair Cinema presented a series of individual film dramas and is perhaps best remembered for one groundbreaking and phenomenally successful film - Regan, which introduced John Thaw and Dennis Waterman’s maverick Flying Squad detectives, gaining a huge audience and leading to the commissioning of The Sweeney.

The standard of drama offered by the series was consistently high; its flexibility and scope attracted some of the best contemporary television writers, and every film showcased the talents of first-class performers - including John Thaw, Edward Woodward, Anthony Valentine and Tom Bell.

This five-disc set also includes Suspect and Rumour - two Thames Television filmed plays by Mike Hodges (Get Carter) which were a dry run for the Euston Films style - alongside The Sailor’s Return and Charlie Muffin, two standalone television movies made by Euston Films.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2009
Subjects
Television studies
Keywords
film and television archives; television drama

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£18.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
890 minutes
Year
2018

Production Company

Name

Thames Television

Distributor

Name

Network

Email
shop@networkonair.com
Web
http://networkonair.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01992 657707
Address
19-20 Blythe Road
Berghem Mews
Hammersmith
London
W14 0HN
Notes
Founded in 1997, Network specialises in distributing niche television programmes, predominantly licensed from Granada Ventures and Fremantle. They have recently branched into feature film distribution. Sale via retail outlets or direct via Network’s website, which has some’web exclusive’ offers.

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