Californian vineyard owner John Smith strikes up a conversation with a young woman called Eva whom he meets in a bar. He tells her that he has come to England to trace his ancestry and that... See full summary »

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Californian vineyard owner John Smith strikes up a conversation with a young woman called Eva whom he meets in a bar. He tells her that he has come to England to trace his ancestry and that he is going to the Norfolk village of Bedham, from where they originated. When Eva tells her flat-mate Janet, Janet, seeing the opportunity to bag herself a rich man, contrives a meeting with Smith in a records library, claiming that she too is going to trace her forebears in Bedham. However, Eva hears no more from her and, when she goes down to Bedham to look for her, she is told a disturbing story by the local vicar. Written by don @ minifie-1

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8 August 1982 (UK)  »

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A silent twist in the tale
27 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shane Rimmer plays John Smith in this 1982 episode of Tales of the Unexpected. Even though John is an American, Shane is actually Canadian, but I guess to many Americans and Canadians look and sound alike, just as say Chinese actors portrayed Korean roles in M*A*S*H and so on for example.

The ending was a bit of a silent twist, and I wish there was more of a conclusion, but not to be. Maybe if Tales of the Unexpected was rebooted, this episode could be first off the rank for a post-Brexit treatment. To appeal to a younger audience, maybe Vin Diesel could be the host. Or to have a link to the past, maybe Sophie Dahl (Roald's granddaughter) could be called in to do hosting duties.

Also Jean Kitson appeared as the clerk. All up, Jean appeared in three episodes of Tales of the Unexpected.


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