An American gambler on a trans-Atlantic liner goes into the pool that bets on how far ship sails each day. Expecting bad weather, he bets a low distance, but then the weather fines up. He must come up with a plan to slow the ship down.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Introduced by
William Botibol
Gladys Spencer ...
Don Fellows ...
Davyd Harries ...
Jana Shelden ...
Mrs. Renshaw
David Healy ...
Paula Tilbrook ...
Bill Reimbold ...
Bill Wilson
Elaine Ives-Cameron ...
Sarah Grant, Woman Bidder (as Elaine Ives Cameron)
Ken Buckle ...


On board an Atlantic liner gambler Mr. Botibol takes part in a sweep-stake betting on how long it will take the ship to reach its destination. Mr. Botibol decides that if he can slow the ship down a little he will win the sweep and that if he 'falls' overboard this will most definitely slow the liner down as he is rescued. However, he must first find somebody who will witness his fall and raise the alarm. Unfortunately he could not have picked a worse choice. Written by don @ minifie-1

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12 May 1979 (UK)  »

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When Botibol is talking to the steward on deck, the morning after rough weather which had slowed the ship down had unexpectedly cleared up, he is thinking of a way to guarantee the success of his Low Field bet. However, the clock behind his head reads 11:55 ... in other words, 5 minutes before the captain would actually announce the results of the previous 24 hours sailing, and much too late to do anything about it. See more »


Version of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Dip in the Pool (1958) See more »

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Decent Tales of the Unexpected episode.

Tales of the Unexpected: A Dip in the Pool is set aboard a cruise ship called the Atlantic Voyger where they hold a daily auction in which the Captain works out how many miles he thinks the ship will travel in 24 hours & people bid on that number, a number within 10 either side of it or a 'higher' & 'lower field' bet which goes beyond any of the other other numbers either higher or lower. A passenger named William Botibol (Jack Weston) is convinced that the Captain didn't take into account the huge storm they have run into & thinks that it will significantly slow the ship down so he bids everything he has on the lower field in an attempt to win the £14,000 pot, unfortunately the storm ends rather prematurely & the ship is able to make a huge amount of ground up unless William can slow it's progress of course...

This Tales of the Unexpected story was episode 8 from season 1 & originally aired here in the UK during May 1979, the second of two tales of the Unexpected episodes to be directed by Michael Tuchner this is one of the better stories from this show. The story by Roald Dahl was dramatised by Ronald Harwood & this wasn't the first time this story had been adapted into a story for an anthology TV series coming after Danger: A Dip in the Pool (1954), during his introduction Dahl states that he is/was a gambler & once bet that his wife would give birth to twins & then moments later bet that he would loose his original wager! Anyway, this story has the unique Dahl quirkiness about it, in both the set up & the effective twist ending which actually works very well for a change. The character's are alright although at only 25 odd minutes in length it's difficult to develop them, overall I'd say this is one of the better episodes from this usually average & somewhat forgettable show.

Obviously shot entirely on 35mm film & on-board an actual cruise ship this one looks pretty good, it hasn't dated too badly & it's generally well made. The acting is OK & as always I'm impressed with the Brit casts in these things.

A Dip in the Pool is a decent little tale with a twist, it's nothing spectacular but it makes for a perfectly watchable 25 minutes, at least worth a watch if nothing else.

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