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I'm not sure how many of you have seen or remember this program, but I remember watching it was I was young with my parents,

Thanks for taking a look ,all comments good, bad or ugly are very welcome!!!!!!

About the show :

There have been many 'thriller' serials on British television over the years but not all that many series of thriller serials. In the late 1970s the ITV network screened such a series in a prime-time slot to great success in terms of ratings, though typically they soon forgot about it and moved on to other programmes.

There were actually two series of Armchair Thriller, the first of which premiered on 21st February 1978. Each story in the series was unrelated to any of the others and some of them were adaptations of existing novels. They were each told over the course of either four or six episodes, most of which ended with a dramatic cliffhanger to bring the viewers back for more.

The mood was set right from the off as most episodes commenced with the 'night time' version of the familiar Thames logo. Everyone remembers the usual version with a bright blue sky above the famous London landmarks, but occasionally in winter months Thames would use an alternative version to reflect the dark evenings. This darker, more mysterious Thames ident would then give way to the opening titles of Armchair Thriller, so very simple but highly effective: a short animation of a shadow coming to rest in a spotlit armchair, then, just as the shadow figure was seated, the hands would tense as though it were suddenly gripped with terror. And while these images were playing so too was an eerie melody. The theme music was actually written by Andy Mackay of the pop group Roxy Music. Even the trailers for the series heightened the horror element with their images of armchairs showered in blood and screaming faces.

Cheers IAN

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Title:"ARMCHAIR THRILLER"
Username:imander imander
Uploaded:30 Apr 2008 - 9:23 AM
Tags:1970's, Armchair thriller, Dark, Deb, Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Horror, Itv, Jigsaw, Mystery, Series, Specialist / abstract, Television
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AlanBW
AlanBW  8 England
30 Apr 2008 - 9:28 AM

There's a lot of imaginative work in this, very impressive indeed Ian

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lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 9:35 AM

Well created image

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sut68
sut68  111998 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 9:37 AM

A lot of time has been spent here, and wisely too by the look of it, great work!!!

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roverrat e2 Member 7roverrat vcard Germany5 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 9:38 AM

This is wonderful, super collage.
Alex

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tdc
tdc  639 forum posts United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 - 9:40 AM

God knows how long this must have taken you, really well worked image, I'm torn over the puzzle effect but I think it works in terms of piecing bits of the puzzle together (which I'm guessing was the line of the shhow).

Can't fault the digital manipulation though, wish I had that kind of creative mind!

Trevor

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GalleryGirl
30 Apr 2008 - 9:45 AM

I do remember that programme and used to think it was neither scary nor thrilling but this image definitely is thrilling! Excellent work!
Marilyn x

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digipix76
digipix76  7577 forum posts England
30 Apr 2008 - 9:54 AM

Marvelous...simply marvelous.


Ian

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DaveU
DaveU  81344 forum posts England121 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 10:04 AM

Very well thought through and put together. Maybe could do with a broader white border rather than your skimpy little one though. Just a thought Wink

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dawnmichelle
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30 Apr 2008 - 10:07 AM

wounderful effect Ian

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Rylands
Rylands  7 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 10:19 AM

Superb concept Ian and you have captured it perfectly
Ray

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cameracat
cameracat  118580 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 10:19 AM

Brilliant...........!

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 10:20 AM

cheers everyone, Dave i agree about the border, could be larger...
cheers ian

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 10:22 AM

I shall put up some different version of this shot 2morrow, as I couldn't decide which i prefered!!!!
ian

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andrewrit
andrewrit  7 Northern Ireland
30 Apr 2008 - 10:25 AM

Excellent image
Andy

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 10:35 AM

Oh that's great. Aren't you clever !
Well done.

B.

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MickyMc
MickyMc  7 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 - 10:36 AM

Fantastic imagination, love it
Mavis

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luxaeternam
30 Apr 2008 - 10:48 AM

This is sooooooooooooooooooooo good. I envy you this one.
If you've got any tips on where to learn photoshop to get to this level then you know where to send them!
Smile Lucy

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Cormy
Cormy  7 England
30 Apr 2008 - 10:49 AM

Fabulous work Ian,enjoyed this enormously.
Cheers
Alan

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 10:52 AM

An excellently well thought out image, and very well presented. Carol

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 11:02 AM

Superb manipulation, the image is quite intriguing and the colours wonderful.
Regards
Bill

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8525 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1089 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 11:07 AM

Takes me back, they don't make television like that any more. My only quibble is that we would have been watching this in black and white!
Very clever, excellent composition in purely graphic terms, and I love the hand with the magnifying glass.
Moira

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Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
30 Apr 2008 - 11:09 AM

Excellent work Ian, super image,
Fred.

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Douglas_George
30 Apr 2008 - 11:14 AM

Nice work Ian, well done.

Dougie.

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 11:20 AM

thankyou all, one of the other versions is a b/w and i will upload that 2morrow with a couple of other alternatives
ian

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jaecat
jaecat  729 forum posts United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 - 11:28 AM

wow,think this is your best yet,you can really see your progress through your portfolio
keep up the great work
jane

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 11:53 AM

Beautifully done Ian, and a very interesting write up too. Don't think I ever saw it.
Rende

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bunbeam
bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 - 12:01 PM

brilliant title, amazing piece of work
bunSmile

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proz
proz  10205 forum posts United States
30 Apr 2008 - 12:24 PM

brilliant Ian, I am awed by this image, clever and so well done.

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TyChee e2 Member 9199 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 12:56 PM

Excellent work.
Ty

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User_Removed
30 Apr 2008 - 1:54 PM

Fantastic piece of work Ian

Dave

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 737 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 2:56 PM

This is amazing feel like I've walked into another world on here.

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 3:02 PM

thanks alot for all your comments, they are all valued and appriciated
ian

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gerrymac
gerrymac  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 3:40 PM

I remember a prog. called Armchair Theatre,maybe a different prog,this is a great bit of manipulatin..goodness knows how it is done
Gerry

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 4:16 PM

Yeah,like Gerry I remember the ''theatre'' one.Must have missed the ''thriller'' one.Super detailed image.Good one.
Mick.

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ktcam13
ktcam13  6 Scotland
30 Apr 2008 - 4:50 PM

Excellent and imaginative image. Beautifully done.
kate

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 5:05 PM

yes there were two or even more of this sort of program, arm chair theatre was another, but i think it was more 50's or 60's
many thanks ian

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bayleaf
bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 - 5:19 PM

Nice work Ian.

Super image.

John

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Paree
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30 Apr 2008 - 5:20 PM

what a brilliant idea,
this is wonderful work
pareen

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 5:34 PM

A great piece so well put together Ian. And yes, I remember the series, but I don't really think i should admit to it.

John Smile

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User_Removed Junior Member 851 forum posts
30 Apr 2008 - 6:12 PM

Very clever work Ian. Well done.

Derek

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Milla
Milla  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 6:12 PM

Never heard of the serial, love this work anyway though. Great manipualtion, well processed and presented, now I wanna see that program lol!

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 6:20 PM

cheers all
ian

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Possum
Possum  8148 forum posts England
30 Apr 2008 - 6:24 PM

Really super work.
Allie

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30 Apr 2008 - 6:25 PM

Tremendous work Ian.....fantastic manipulation

Dave

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trissie
trissie  8 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 - 6:56 PM

Brilliant work Ian, a first class image.
Hope you are keeping well?

Trish x

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JONTHELENS
30 Apr 2008 - 7:36 PM

Yet another lice piece of work.

jon

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30 Apr 2008 - 7:42 PM

very well done Smile

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Hoffy
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30 Apr 2008 - 8:40 PM

Very clever image.

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kitsch  8439 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2008 - 10:54 PM

wow!!

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georgieboy
30 Apr 2008 - 11:21 PM

Brilliant, a realy great picture
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MandsH
MandsH  7 England
30 Apr 2008 - 11:44 PM

Excellent, I've had to think back to remember the programe but got there in the end
Mandy

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newy17  8273 forum posts United Kingdom
1 May 2008 - 4:52 AM

eye eye lol fantastic again ian.
ian

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2008 - 8:48 AM

thankyou all, sooooooooooooooo much
ian

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2 May 2008 - 6:37 PM

Wow...very very VERY well done, Ian!!!!...

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