"Armchair Thriller," a classic British mystery series dating from 1978, comes to us in a four volume boxed set, consisting of four multi-part episodes, each episode's being approximately 24 minutes, for a total of approximately 487 minutes. The television series achieved high ratings in its British run, on Independent Television (ITV). Two of the stories have been seen here in 1982-3 on the "Mystery" series of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). The material is, of course, generations back in TV time: the sound and picture are not what we've grown accustomed to - and it could sure use subtitles. But the mysteries enjoy the luxury of time that was then available, to the fullest. They are absolutely definitely positively filmed in the 1970's - believe me, you haven't seen so many all-brown interiors or outfits in decades. They are definitely not set in the fantasy 1970's of the current TV series Life on Mars: The Complete Series. These entertainments are well-constructed, well-made, well-performed: they bear the British TV hallmarks of lavish sets, good production values, a lot of scenic variety (though it does feel as though the bulk of the work is in the studio). They differ from the common run of British mysteries in that they are centered not on detectives, but on "ordinary" though rather hysterical people, in extraordinary circumstances. And, despite the bullet holes on the box, they are neither particularly violent nor bloodthirsty: most murders happen off camera. They feature strong performances from their leads: the great Ian Mckellen (X- Men Trilogy (X-Men/ X2 - X-Men United/ X-Men - The Last Stand); The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Theatrical Editions) [Blu-ray]); John Shrapnel (Gladiator [Blu-ray]); and James Bolan (New Tricks: Season One; The Beiderbecke Affair - Series 1 (3 Volume Boxed Set)). The episodes are: Dying Day. Antony Skipling, (Ian McKellen), a lonely man, fears someone plans his death on a coming date certain. The Limbo Connection. The wife of Mark Omney (James Bolam) disappears without trace. Rachel in Danger. A freckle-faced but difficult girl travels alone from her home in Scotland to meet the father she's never seen in London. She falls into the hands of terrorists. The Victim. The daughter of industrialist Vincent Craig ( John Shrapnel) is abducted: he prefers not to leave her fate to the police. To add to the fun, each episode boasts a clever little homage to some of the most famous mysteries around: try to find them.
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