NetworkDVD expands its range of archive releases with a new licensing deal with Studio Canal.
The DVD publishers have already a long history of releasing classic television including some archive BBC productions. However it is their deal with ITV Studios, which has seen many iconic programmes and forgotten classics released in recent years, prove popular with archive television fans.
Well known brands such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale Farm and Crossroads have proved popular dvd releases, and lesser remembered soaps such as Emergency Ward 10 also have seen the light of day after decades unseen on TV, simply gathering dust on the ITV shelves.
Cult programming such as The Saint and Department S have had the NetworkDVD treatment but also the company has taken care to issue many less-remembered programming from the genre such as Man of the World and The Four Just Men.
The new deal with Studio Canal will see further cult and classic former ITV series released from the ABC Television production company including drama thriller Armchair Theatre, the five remaining ABC produced Public Eye dramas, sitcom Our House starring a host of ‘Carry On’ names, arts programme Tempo and the deal also covers the none-ABC made-for-cinema-films The Edgar Wallace Mysteries.
ABC Television (a Midlands and Northern ITV weekend company) merged with Rediffusion (ITV weekday London) to form Thames Television (ITV weekdays) in 1968 who continued to make a handful of these programmes into the 1970s. NetworkDVD have previously accessed the Thames archive, through its owners Fremantle Media, to release classics such as the later ITV Morecambe and Wise programmes and the colour editions of Public Eye.