Early Armchair theatre on videotape

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ArchiveTvfan43
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Early Armchair theatre on videotape

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Recently bought the volume 4 dvd and was surprised to see the play "lord arthur savile's crime" 3 January 1960 survives on videotape. It appears to be the earliest armchair theatre to survive on tape. The second earliest play on videotape seems to be "after the funeral" 3 April 1960 as the BFI hold the original 2 inch videotape of it. Sadly it hasn't been released yet.

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Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

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I haven't bought the armchair theatre archive releases yet but it would appear judging by the clips on youtu.be that network accessed the original telerecording negatives for much of the plays as they are very good quality

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In the IMDB 'unknown season' section it contains a few of the plays that were never transmitted in the first place, obviously not the mid 50s ones but a few of the later ones rather curiously still survive on tape apparently including The Blood Knot which may have strayed too far into S.African politics?..or one-time producer Leonard White did imply once that such was the production rate of AT that the schedule sometimes didn't have the slots to show all of them.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0161126/episodes?season=-1

ATV's rival the very neglected 'Drama 61-66' looks just that little bit more exciting and glamorous compared to AT.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0969924/episodes?season=2


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Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

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I may be wrong but old man's fancy I think is the only unbroadcast play to be released on dvd? It's included as a extra on the volume 3 dvd set

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I'm glad we have the Magnum for schneider "Callan" pilot but a shame the pilot of "never mind the quality feel the width" is missing. Thames kept all plays from 1970-74 but wiped all of their 1969 plays. Only the play "Edward the confessor" has been recovered on a 16mm telerecording.

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