TV Armchair Theatre (ITV 1956-1974) Published 3 years ago on October 29, 2016 Hugely important ITV anthology of single plays, Armchair Theatre really came into it’s own under the leadership of Canadian producer Sydney Newman who brought the same sense of kitchen sink realism to the small screen that was then currently cutting a swathe across British cinema and theatre. Via Newman there was a steady stream of contemporary productions featuring work from the likes of Alun Owen (who would go on to write the screenplay for the first Beatles movie A Hard Days Night) and Robert Muller. In 1963 the BBC poached Newman and his story editing team of Irene Shubik and Peter Luke – an act which would pay dividends for the BBC with the arrival soon after of The Wednesday Play and then Play For Today. Shubik would also take charge of the superb BBC sci-fi/horror anthology Out of the Unknown. The series was produced by ABC until their franchise ran out in 1968 and Thames took up the reigns. In 1960 and then 1964-1965 there were 34 episodes that were broadcast as Armchair Mystery Theatre. 1959 saw episodes broadcast as Summer Armchair Theatre. 1967 saw five episodes broadcast under the title Armchair Thriller (no relation to the late 1970’s anthology of the same name, this ran from 22 Apr – 20 May 67) 1973 (10 episodes 11 April – 4 Dec) saw a run of half hour episodes that were broadcast under the title Armchair Thirty. In 1974 (28 May – 26 Nov) there were six shot on 16mm film productions broadcast under the Armchair Cinema banner. One episode ran foul of the ITA (Independent Television Authority). Three on a Gas Ring made in 1959 for broadcast in 1960 was banned because of it’s portrayal of an unmarried mother. This was the first TV play to be banned by the ITA. production details UK / ITV – ABC – Thames / 452 episodes of varying lengths but mostly fifty minutes / Broadcast 8 July 1956 – 9 July 1974 THE EPISODES SEASON ONE 6. BLACK LIMELIGHT (30 Sep 56) 71. WOLFPACK (13 Apr 58) SEASON TWO 72. WHERE I LIVE (10 Jan 60) SEASON ELEVEN 10. THE ESCAPE CLUB SEASON TWELVE 2. FOOT IN THE DOOR (13 Jan 69) 8. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR (24 Feb 69) SEASON THIRTEEN 8. WARM HEART, WARM FEET (22 Sep 70) 14. THE DOLLY SCENE SEASON FOURTEEN 6. DETECTIVE WAITING (14 Sep 71) SEASON FIFTEEN 9. THE BREAKING OF COLONEL KEYSER (17 Oct 72) 10. ANYWHERE BUT ENGLAND (31 Oct 72) ABCAnthology SeriesITVThamesTV Advertisement advertisement and this just in TV15 hours ago This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper (ITV 2000, Alun Armstrong, Richard Ridings) Period crime drama serial. The story behind Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield’s tracking down of the evil incarnate that is... TV15 hours ago The Comedy Trail: A Shaggy Dog Story (BBC-1 1999, Ronnie Barker, Victoria Wood) A five minute trailer made by the BBC to celebrate their comedy output, with over 40 of the biggest names... TV15 hours ago The Frost Report (BBC-1 1966, David Frost, John Cleese) Sketch based series hosted by David Frost and broadcast live. Each episode looked at a different topic including the famous... TV15 hours ago Broaden Your Mind (BBC-2 1968, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor) Sketch series tackling many different subjects and billing itself as an Encyclopedia of the Air. The big name writers on... TV15 hours ago Monroe (ITV1 2011, James Nesbitt, Sarah Parish) Medical drama series Monroe (which comes from the pen of the always excellent Peter Bowker) follows neuro surgeon Gabriel Monroe... search EPISODES Episodes2 days ago The American Farm: Never Give Up (S1EP8 HISTORY Thurs 23 May 2019) Never Give Up: The family businesses are at their most vulnerable point as the fall season ends and they harvest... Episodes2 days ago Project Runway: New York City of Dreams (S17EP11 Bravo Thurs 23 May 2019) New York City of Dreams The remaining contestants visit designer Christian Siriano’s studio, and they are challenged to create dream... Episodes2 days ago Top Gear Season 26 Episode 5 (BBC America Thurs 23 May 2019) Matt tests out the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage; Rory tests out the self-proclaimed “best car in the world,” the... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Triple Frontier | 2019 | Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Struggling to make ends meet, former special ops soldiers reunite for a high-stakes heist: stealing $75 million from a South... Movies2 months ago Captive State | 2019 | John Goodman, Vera Farmiga Nearly a decade after occupation by an extraterrestrial force, the lives of a Chicago neighborhood on both sides of the... Movies2 months ago Bird Box | 2018 | Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a survivor and her two children make... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.