And so, following my article earlier about ITV, today we have had brilliant news from DVD company Network. If you like Classic TV like me, you’re going to love this… read on…
To commemorate ITV’s diamond anniversary, independent distributor Network will release a 12-disc boxset featuring 60 episodes from classic TV series including The Sweeney, The Avengers and Upstairs Downstairs, as well as previously unreleased episodes from the broadcaster. ITV60 (15) will be released on DVD on 26 October 2015, RRP £79.99 exclusively through networkonair.com, and is available to pre-buy** now. Terms and conditions apply.
ITV60 will be available from selected retailers from 23 November 2015.
A mixture of timeless classics, forgotten gems and once thought lost shows, this set contains exceptional rarities from the Associated Rediffusion archive: No Hiding Place, Mystery Bag, Crane and Our Man at St. Mark’s, together with previously unreleased episodes of Crossroads, Rainbow, Tiswas, Coronation Street, World in Action, The Bill and a classic Whicker’s World aboard the Orient Express.
Since the summer of 1955, the ITV network has entertained the nation with some of the most memorable programming ever created for British television. This collection celebrates those six decades with an outstanding, specially selected collection of superb dramas, hilarious comedies and thought-provoking documentaries – some of which haven’t been seen since their original transmission.
With each disc themed to provide an “evening’s entertainment”, this dip into the archives provides a trip down Memory Lane as well as a timely reminder of some of the best television of the last 60 years.
Since its launch in 1997, Network has released over 1,000 programmes on DVD and Blu-ray from the ITV library.
You can order this fantastic boxset through this link right here:
This pre-buy offer of £50 (RRP £79.99) is available exclusively from networkonair.com.
Details shown below of content for each of the 12 discs:
ITV Opening Night Preview
Thunderbirds: Trapped in the Sky
The Army Game: April Fool
Man About the House: While the Cat’s Away
Robin of Sherwood: The Greatest Enemy
The Prisoner: Checkmate
Pathfinders in Space: Convoy to the Moon
The Larkins: Frightful Nightful
Sunday Night at the London Palladium: 28/11/1965
The World at War: It’s a Lovely Day Tomorrow
Callan: Let’s Kill Everybody
Catweazle: The Sun in a Bottle
The Arthur Haynes Show: 08/12/1962
The Avengers: The Winged Avenger
Public Eye: My Life’s My Own
An Audience with Dame Edna
Crossroads: 26/10/1983 (never before been released on DVD)
On the Buses: The Strain
The Saint: The Contract
The Tommy Cooper Hour: 21/04/1974
Auf Wiedershen Pet: The Alien
Rainbow: 26/12/1975 (not before released on DVD)
Doctor in the House: What Seems To Be The Trouble?
The Power Game: The New Boy
Shut That Door!
Space 1999: Breakaway
No Hiding Place: A Bird to Watch the Marbles
The Sweeney: Tomorrow Man
Four Feather Falls: Horse Thieves
The Stanley Baxter Moving Picture Show
Gideon’s Way: The Wall
Tales of the Unexpected: Royal Jelly
The Adventures of Robin Hood: The Coming of Robin Hood
Nearest and Dearest: What Seems to be the Trouble?
Rising Damp: Black Magic
Mystery Bag: Lockhart Finds a Note
Upstairs Downstairs: Miss Forrest
Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia
Ace of Wands: Peacock Pie 1
Coronation Street: 18/05/1964
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased): Could You Recognise the Man Again?
Crane: A Cargo of Cornflour
Soldier Soldier: Stormy Weather
A Fine Romance: Series 2 episode 6
World in Action: The Chart Busters
The Professionals: Blind Run
Inspector Morse: Driven to Distraction
George and Mildred: Moving On
Jason King: To Russia With… Panache
The Main Chance: The Best Legal System in the World
Justice: A Nice Straight-forward Treason
Strange World of Gurney Slade: Episode 1
Our Man at St Mark’s: The Facts of Life
The Bill: The Short Straw
Man at the Top: I’ll Do the Dirty Work
Whicker’s World Aboard The Orient Express
Armchair Theatre: Afternoon of a Nymph
My particular highlights to pick out would be Whicker’s World – I love the volumes Network have released so far, so would love to see the Orient Express special. It will also be great to see The Avengers, The Sweeney, Rising Damp, Inspector Morse and others all in the same boxset! What could have been added? Well for me I’d have added Minder, Never The Twain (yet to have a full DVD release) and The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club but there’s only 60 shows to fit into this release – they’ve done a great job!
Now, time to write to Father Christmas me thinks – and actually, come to think about it – if I tell him about the boxset, I think he might want one as well!