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Armchair Thriller 

Suspense and mystery-themed anthology series.


Andrew Brown




2   1   Unknown  
1982   1981   1980   1978  




Series cast summary:
Frank Duncan Frank Duncan ...  Announcer 11 episodes, 1978
Maria Aitken ...  Jemima Shore 6 episodes, 1978
James Bolam ...  Mark Omney 6 episodes, 1978
Zena Walker ...  Gina Reynolds 6 episodes, 1978
John Shrapnel ...  Vincent Craig 6 episodes, 1980
Renée Asherson ...  Mother Ancilla 6 episodes, 1978
Benjamin Whitrow ...  Edward Reynolds 6 episodes, 1978
Alan David Alan David ...  Ollie Milton 6 episodes, 1980
Beth Morris Beth Morris ...  Val Foreman 6 episodes, 1980
Brian Stirner ...  Clarence Duhamel 6 episodes, 1978
Michael Deeks Michael Deeks ...  Cat Devlin 6 episodes, 1980
Clive Merrison ...  Godolt / ... 6 episodes, 1978-1980
James Hazeldine ...  Dave 6 episodes, 1980
Paul Angelis Paul Angelis ...  Tom Choley 6 episodes, 1978
Paul Jerricho Paul Jerricho ...  Steve Turner 6 episodes, 1980
Prentis Hancock ...  2nd Interrogator / ... 6 episodes, 1978-1980
David Beckett David Beckett ...  Frankie Martin 6 episodes, 1980
Godfrey James Godfrey James ...  Chief Supt. Lewis 6 episodes, 1980
Doran Godwin ...  Sister Lucy 6 episodes, 1978
Lorna Yabsley Lorna Yabsley ...  Sue Craig 6 episodes, 1980
Gwyneth Powell ...  Doris / ... 6 episodes, 1978-1980
Steve Morley Steve Morley ...  Len Trace 6 episodes, 1980
Meg Ritchie Meg Ritchie ...  Ellen Craig 6 episodes, 1980
Rosalind Ayres ...  Annabelle Fraser / ... 5 episodes, 1978
Michael Culver ...  Dr. Walcott Brown 5 episodes, 1978
Christopher Benjamin ...  Det. Inspector Tarrant 5 episodes, 1978
Sylvia Coleridge ...  Sister Boniface 5 episodes, 1978
Sam Sewell Sam Sewell ...  Det. Constable Barnes 5 episodes, 1978
Susie Blake ...  Marion Dowell 5 episodes, 1978
Alan Downer Alan Downer ...  Rodney Marsh 5 episodes, 1980
Margaret D'Arcy Margaret D'Arcy ...  Sister Clare 5 episodes, 1978
Linda Slater Linda Slater ...  Dodo 5 episodes, 1978
Vass Anderson Vass Anderson ...  Soames 5 episodes, 1978
Sarah Webb Sarah Webb ...  Margaret 5 episodes, 1978
Patsy Kensit ...  Tessa 5 episodes, 1978
Michele Winstanley Michele Winstanley ...  Blanche 5 episodes, 1978
Catrina Hylton Catrina Hylton ...  Mandy 5 episodes, 1978
Michael Maynard Michael Maynard ...  Police Sgt. 5 episodes, 1980
Catherine Owen Catherine Owen ...  Policewoman 5 episodes, 1980


Suspense and mystery-themed anthology series.

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Crazy Credits

Each episode was preceded by a special moonlit night-time version of the famous "London skyline with fanfare" channel identification for Thames Television. This was only used for Armchair Thriller. See more »


Spun-off from Armchair Theatre (1956) See more »

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Only one decent review for this?
4 January 2019 | by khunkrumarkSee all my reviews

As another (excellent) reviewer has pointed out, the stories are hit or miss. Unfortunately, there's no way to review each one and so we'll have to deal with the series of stories as a whole.

Armchair Thriller ran for four years from 1978 to 1982. It features fantastic TV acting talent bu loses points for script editing. That creepy opening music was written by Roxy Music legend Andy Mackay.

For older viewers there is tremendous nostalgia value to be had here. The stories are on par with similar series' that were out at the time, like Thriller, Tales Of The Unexpected, Chiller, Hammer House Of Horror, etc.

It was a time when the money-making independent TV channels (LTW, Anglia, Thames, etc) were raking in the dough and had the cash to splash on making great TV.

This compendium of tales differs a little bit from the others in as much as the stories were in several half-hour weekly shows. Some as few as four episodes and some as many as six. Back then we had a bit more patience! But the parts were introduced nicely with still shots and an explanation of what had happened in previous episodes.

Thoroughly enjoyable for us older folk... but perhaps there's nothing left in these vintage series' for the younger set.

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Release Date:

21 February 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Il giallo della poltrona See more »

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