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"ARMCHAIR THRILLER"

By imander
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

Tags: Dark Series Deb Television Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Digital art Jigsaw Mystery Horror 1970s Itv Armchair thriller

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Comments


AlanBW 10 20 England
30 Apr 2008 9:28AM
There's a lot of imaginative work in this, very impressive indeed Ian

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30 Apr 2008 9:35AM
Well created image
sut68 Plus
13 2.0k 76 England
30 Apr 2008 9:37AM
A lot of time has been spent here, and wisely too by the look of it, great work!!!

paul
30 Apr 2008 9:38AM
This is wonderful, super collage.
Alex
tdc 8 39 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 9:40AM
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
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 9:45AM
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
digipix76 9 577 England
30 Apr 2008 9:54AM
Marvelous...simply marvelous.


Ian
DaveU Plus
10 1.3k 123 England
30 Apr 2008 10:04AM
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
30 Apr 2008 10:07AM
wounderful effect Ian
Rylands 8 1 2 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 10:19AM
Superb concept Ian and you have captured it perfectly
Ray
cameracat 12 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
30 Apr 2008 10:19AM
Brilliant...........!
imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 10:20AM
cheers everyone, Dave i agree about the border, could be larger...
cheers ian
imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 10:22AM
I shall put up some different version of this shot 2morrow, as I couldn't decide which i prefered!!!!
ian
30 Apr 2008 10:25AM
Excellent image
Andy
BarbaraR 10 17 1 England
30 Apr 2008 10:35AM
Oh that's great. Aren't you clever !
Well done.

B.
MickyMc 8 8 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 10:36AM
Fantastic imagination, love it
Mavis
luxaeternam 9 21 1
30 Apr 2008 10:48AM
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
Cormy 8 3 England
30 Apr 2008 10:49AM
Fabulous work Ian,enjoyed this enormously.
Cheers
Alan
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
30 Apr 2008 10:52AM
An excellently well thought out image, and very well presented. Carol
woolybill1 Plus
9 22 68 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 11:02AM
Superb manipulation, the image is quite intriguing and the colours wonderful.
Regards
Bill
mrswoolybill Plus
9 968 1494 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 11:07AM
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
30 Apr 2008 11:09AM
Excellent work Ian, super image,
Fred.
30 Apr 2008 11:14AM
Nice work Ian, well done.

Dougie.
imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 11:20AM
thankyou all, one of the other versions is a b/w and i will upload that 2morrow with a couple of other alternatives
ian
jaecat 9 29 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 11:28AM
wow,think this is your best yet,you can really see your progress through your portfolio
keep up the great work
jane
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
30 Apr 2008 11:53AM
Beautifully done Ian, and a very interesting write up too. Don't think I ever saw it.
Rende
bunbeam 11 2 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 12:01PM
brilliant title, amazing piece of work
bunSmile
proz 12 205 United States
30 Apr 2008 12:24PM
brilliant Ian, I am awed by this image, clever and so well done.
TyChee Plus
11 275 1 United States
30 Apr 2008 12:56PM
Excellent work.
Ty
User_Removed 8 78 1 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 1:54PM
Fantastic piece of work Ian

Dave
30 Apr 2008 2:56PM
This is amazing feel like I've walked into another world on here.
imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 3:02PM
thanks alot for all your comments, they are all valued and appriciated
ian
gerrymac 9 10 1 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 3:40PM
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
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
30 Apr 2008 4:16PM
Yeah,like Gerry I remember the ''theatre'' one.Must have missed the ''thriller'' one.Super detailed image.Good one.
Mick.
30 Apr 2008 4:50PM
Excellent and imaginative image. Beautifully done.
kate
imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 5:05PM
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
bayleaf 9 8 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 5:19PM
Nice work Ian.

Super image.

John
Paree 11 616 3
30 Apr 2008 5:20PM
what a brilliant idea,
this is wonderful work
pareen
30 Apr 2008 5:34PM
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
User_Removed Junior Member 10 51
30 Apr 2008 6:12PM
Very clever work Ian. Well done.

Derek
Milla 8 7 2 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 6:12PM
Never heard of the serial, love this work anyway though. Great manipualtion, well processed and presented, now I wanna see that program lol!
imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 6:20PM
cheers all
ian
Possum 10 148 England
30 Apr 2008 6:24PM
Really super work.
Allie
Bodiewil 9 46 Wales
30 Apr 2008 6:25PM
Tremendous work Ian.....fantastic manipulation

Dave
trissie 10 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 6:56PM
Brilliant work Ian, a first class image.
Hope you are keeping well?

Trish x
JONTHELENS 9 34 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 7:36PM
Yet another lice piece of work.

jon
30 Apr 2008 7:42PM
very well done Smile
Hoffy Plus
11 262 16 England
30 Apr 2008 8:40PM
Very clever image.
kitsch 10 439 4 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 10:54PM
wow!!
30 Apr 2008 11:21PM
Brilliant, a realy great picture
Shirley
MandsH 9 England
30 Apr 2008 11:44PM
Excellent, I've had to think back to remember the programe but got there in the end
Mandy
newy17 10 273 United Kingdom
1 May 2008 4:52AM
eye eye lol fantastic again ian.
ian
imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
1 May 2008 8:48AM
thankyou all, sooooooooooooooo much
ian
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
2 May 2008 6:37PM
Wow...very very VERY well done, Ian!!!!...

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