Armchair Thriller (1978-1981)

UK, 1978-1981
2 series, 55 episodes, 25m each
videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English

A British anthology drama series with some genre elements devised by Andrew Brown.

Episodes

Series One

Rachel in Danger (21 February-2 March 1978)
Number of Episodes: 4
Directed by: Waris Hussein
Thames Television
Produced by: Andrew Brown
Written by: John Bowen
Della Low (Rachel); Stephen Grief (Juan); Eiko Nakamura (Aiyako); Neville Jason (Peter); Anna Fox (Monica); Marsha Fitzalan (Podge); Ahmed Osman (Arab); David Cook (Wormald); T-Bone Wilson (bus conductor); George Waring (police sergeant); Geoffrey Greenhill (police constable); Struan Rodger (Hassel); Dafydd Hywel (Graves); Gwyneth Powell (woman PC); Christian Burgess (young PC); Harry Littlewood (caretaker); Joan Henley (lady at garden party); Roger Booth (CID superintendent); John Joyce (CID sergeant)

A Dog’s Ransom (9-23 March 1978)
Number of Episodes: 6
Directed by: Donald McWhinnie
Thames Television
Produced by: Jacqueline Davis
Written by: John Bowen
From the Novel by: Patricia Highsmith
Benjamin Whitrow (Edward Reynolds); Zena Walker (Gina Reynolds); Leon Eagles (Kowajinski); Prentis Hancock (desk sergeant); Brian Stirner (Clarence Duhamel); Paul Angelis (Tom Choley); Susie Blake (Marion Dowell); Maryann Turner (landlady)

The Girl Who Walked Quickly (28 March-6 April 1978)
Number of Episodes: 4
Directed by: Brian Farnham
Thames Television
Produced by: Jacqueline Davis
Written by: Ray Jenkins
Denis Lawson (David Cooper); Phyllinda Nash (Liz); Clive Merrison (Godolt); Barry Stanton (Swift); John Gregg (Everly); Oliver Smith (first helper); Luke Hanson (second helper); Margery Mason (Mrs Cooper); Derek Benfield (Mr Cooper); Anna Nichols (the girl); Rowena Cooper (Ruth Connors); Colin McCormack (Det-Sgt Bowen); Martin Fisk (explosives officer)

Quiet as a Nun (18-27 April 1978)
Number of Episodes: 6
Directed by: Moira Armstrong
Thames Television
Produced by: Jacqueline Davis
Written by: Julia Jones
From the Novel by: Antonia Fraser
Maria Aitken (Jemima Shore); Renee Asherson (Mother Ancilla); Brenda Bruce (Sister Elizabeth); David Burke (Tony Amyas, MP); James Laurenson (Alexander Sharbeck); Doran Goodwin (Sister Lucy); Margaret D’arcy (Sister Clare); Kate Binchy (Sister Edward); Linda Slater (Dodo); Sarah Webb (Margaret); Michelle Winstanley (Blanche); Patsy Kensit (Tessa); Catrina Hylton (Mandy); Mary Healey (Beatrice O’Dowd); James Appleby (Joe); Susan Engel (Sister Agnes); Sylvia Coleridge (Sister Boniface)

The Limbo Connection (2-18 May 1978)
Number of Episodes: 6
Directed by: Robert Tronson
Thames Television
Produced by: Jacqueline Davis
Written by: Philip Mackie
From the Novel by: Derry Quinn
James Bolam (Mark Omney); Rosalind Ayres (Annabella Fraser); Micheal Culver (Dr Walcott Brown); Beatrix Leahmann (Blanche Terraine); Suzanne Bertish (Clare Omney); James Berwick (Colonel Forde); Georgine Anderson (Mrs Forde); Patricia Lawrence (Mrs Carson Clark); Graham Rowe (Mr Carson Clark); Tricia George (Melissa Carson Clark); Isabelle Amyes (Julie Villiers); Tony Mathews (George Beatty); Vass Anderson (Soames); Alan Ford (Bill); Yvonne Edgell (Margaret); Anton Phillips (barman); William Moore (landlord); Christopher Benjamin (Detective Inspector Tarrant); Sam Sewell (Detective Constable Barnes); Peter Welch (mechanic); Aimee Delamain (Mrs Franklyn); Arthur Blake (Mr Dyer)

Series Two
The Victim (8-24 January 1980)
Number of Episodes: 6
Directed by: Gareth Davies
Thames Television
Produced by: Brenda Ennis
Written by: Michael Ashe
David Beckett (Frankie Martin); Lorna Yabsley (Sue Craig); Steve Morley (Len Trace); John Shrapnel (Vincent Craig); Paul Jerricho (Harry Turner); Godfrey James (Chief Superintendent Lewis); Gerald Sim (Francis Durrant); Alan Downer (Rodney Marsh); Priscilla Morgan (Zena Heathrop); Meg Ritchie (Ellen Craig); Alan Benion (Praed); Leon Sinden (Governor Gregory); Raymond Witch (Bates); Richard McNeff (chief prison officer); Catherine Owen (policewoman); Edward Burnham (Professor Manson); Bernard Kay (Neecham); Ken Kitson (Cole); Michael Maynard (police sergeant); Dominic Letts (betting shop assistant)

Dead Man’s Kit (29 January-7 February 1980)
Number of Episodes: 4
Directed by: Colin Bucksey
Southern Television
Produced by: Andrew Brown
Written by: Tom Clenaghan
Larry Lamb (CPO Chalkey White); Philip Locke (Cmdr Lloyd); Maurice Colbourne (Lt-Cmdr Kobahl); Clive Merrison (Cmdr Maybury); Robert Oates (Dave); Paul Kember (Peters); Freddie Fletcher (MAA Toberman); Nell Campbell (Zoe Summers); Mick Ford (Drunken Duncan); Jamie Foreman (first operator); Julian Littman (mouth organist); David Toguri (Chinese laundry man); Cheri Lunghi (Stephanie); Victoria Fairbrother (Jean Toberman); Richard Kane (Winterman); William Russel (senior officer); Angela Morant (Mrs Kobahl); Timothy Block (second operator); Barry Woolgar (dockyard PC); David Ellison (naval patrolman)

Dying Day (12-21 February 1980)
Number of Episodes: 4
Directed by: Robert Tronson
Thames Television
Produced by: Brenda Ennis
Written by: John Bowen
Ian McKellen (Antony Skipling); Maurice Kaufman (1st interrogator); Prentiss Hancock (2nd interrogator); David Howey (Foster); David Ryall (Lane); Patrick Malahide (police sergeant); Michael Troughton (police constable); Anton Phillips (Roger); Joan Scott (senior Samaritan); Kathleen Worth (cleaning Lady)

Fear of God (26 February-6 March 1980)
Number of Episodes: 4
Directed by: Robert Tronson
Thames Television
Produced by: Brenda Ennis
Written by: Troy Kennedy Martin
From the Novel by: Derry Quinn
Bryan Marshall (Paul Marriot); Peter Cellier (Maitland); Helen Cooper (Erica); Madeline Church (Nicola Clay); Peter Settelen (John Aubrey); Garrick Hagon (Walters); Michael Sheard (Colonel Morgan); Chris Jenkinson (Larke); Dave Cooper (PT instructor); Steve Kelley (electronics man); Susan Sheridan (Rosamund’s voice); Robert Austin (Stapleton); Anne Godley (Lady Diana); Madeline Hinde (Francesca Thornton); Lynn Clayton; Michael Watkins (Cyril) and Alun Armstrong (Trakearne)

High Tide (11-20 March 1980)
Number of Episodes: 4
Directed by: Colin Bucksey
Southern Television
Produced by: Andrew Brown
Written by: Andrew Brown
From the Novel by: P.M. Hubbard
Ian McShane (Peter Curtis); Wendy Morgan (Celia); Terence Rigby (Matthews); John Bird (Cyril); Malcom Terris (Maxwell); Mike McKevitt (Fenton); Toby Salaman (Smith) and Kika Markham (Helen)

The Circe Complex (25 March-10 April 1980)
Number of Episodes: 6
Directed by: Robert D. Cardona
Thames Television
Produced by: Brenda Ennis
Written by: David Hopkins
From the Novel by: Desmond Cory
Beth Morris (Val Foreman); Trevor Martin (Tom Foreman); Alan David (Ollie Milton); Michael Deeks (Cat Devlin); James Hazeldine (Dave); Derek Ware (O’Brady); Geoffrey Colvile (prison governor); Maggie Wilkinson (Miss Davis); Eric Francis (Mr Evans); Marc Boyle (first policeman); Gareth Forwood (Dr Crampton); Jestyn Phillips (second policeman); Tony Scannell (Connally)

The Chelsea Murders (30 December 1981)
Directed by: Derek Bennet
Thames Television
Produced by: Brenda Ennis
Written by: Jonathan Hales
From the Novel by: Lionel Davidson
Michael Feast (Steve); Guy Gregory (Artie); Miranda Ball (Mary); Richard Hampton (editor); Dave King (Warton); Anthony Carrick (Summers); David Gant (Frank); David Yipp (Denny); Toria Fuller (Wilhelmina); Anthony Barnett (Len); Christopher Bramwell (Mason); Darien Angadi (Abo); Derek Broome (PC Nutter); Chris Gannon (publican); Fiona Mathieson (librarian); Douglas Sheldon (Otto); Penny Leatherbarrow (barmaid); Gavin Campbell (chef); Maryann Turner (landlady); Susie Jenkinson (girl); Lucy Griffiths (Mrs Bulstrode); Robin Parkinson (landlord); Ishaq Bux (Arab servant); Ian Liston (policeman); James Charles (policeman); Harold Reese (neighbour)
This was originally made as a 6-episode story for Armchair Thriller but was eventually shown, without the Armchair Thriller title, as a stand-alone, 104 minute television film