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I have a soft spot for Blue Marigold.
Paul Evans15 February 2016
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The face of Blue Marigold cosmetics is Myra, a brash, loud model, who's quick to speak without thinking. After filming a new commercial her voice is judged too harsh, so Sophie Trent is brought in a softly spoken voice artist, worse still she is soon kicked out, with the company wanting to try a different angle. Marigold's life reaches a new low when married lover Paul Foster ends their affair, she hits the bottle, develops depression and attempts suicide. With Sister Beryl's help she soon gets back on her feet, a chance to meet Paul year's later presents itself.

The other reviewers on here are judging this one a little harshly, but I have a fondness for Blue Marigold, Toyah Wilcox is a wonderful performer, she's so different on all levels, she's just fabulous in this, such a contrast to Ralph Bates, a very steady, solid actor, they play off each other very well. Sharon Duce is excellent as Sophie Trent, a very attractive woman.

Great story, I thought there'd be more love for this episode, it's quite wacky, it's certainly different, really like this one. 8/10
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Poor tale of the unexpected.
Paul Andrews23 April 2007
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Tales of the Unexpected: Blue Marigold starts in 'London 1969' where model Marigold (Toyah Willcox) fronts a number of adverts for the Blue Marigold range of perfume, having only appeared in printed media like posters she gets the opportunity to make a TV commercial. Things seemingly go well until Marigold sees the finished advert & is horrified to discover her ungainly cockney accent has been dubbed over by someone else named Sophie (Sharon Duce), in a reversal of fortune Sophie gets loads of work as a voice over artist while Marigold is dropped by the people at Blue Marigold. Jump forward to '1981' where marigold has no money, no career, no boyfriend & has attempted to kill herself, however she meets Sophie again by chance who is now engaged to her old rich boyfriend Paul (the late Ralph Bates) & Marigold senses the opportunity to get some revenge & sort her own problems out...

This Tales of the Unexpected story was episode 1 from season 5, the fourth of five Tales of the Unexpected episodes to be directed by Giles Foster this is pretty poor & a forgettable way to start season 5. The uninspired story by Aileen Wheeler was dramatised by Robin Chapman & I have no idea what the point of this story is, who it is meant to appeal too & what they would get out of it. Most Tales of the Unexpected have some sort of supernatural or crime based build up which leads to a shock twist ending, unfortunately Blue Marigold lacks imagination & feels like some dull life story with an OK climax but one that feels a bit out of place & very rushed. Another problem with Blue Marigold is Marigold herself as a character, she is so unlikeable, rude & just spends the entire episode feeling sorry for herself that I couldn't care for her or what happened to her which is a big problem as you need a central character to emote with & Blue Marigold doesn't have one. At only 30 odd minutes in length this is worth a watch if your a fan of the series or it's on TV for free but there are better episodes out there.

This looks alright & hasn't dated that badly. There's no excitement, there's no tension or atmosphere here at all & for the majority of it's duration it feels like a soap opera. Blue Marigold also features a bizarre closing announcement over the final credits, some guy states that Blue Marigold is fictitious & the company who made the perfume bottle used as a prop in this episode has no connection to any of the events that took place! The acting was OK, again it's always nice to pick out familiar faces & singer Willcox stars in this along with the late Ralph Bates who appeared in numerous British horror films during the 70's.

Blue Marigold is a pretty forgettable & some might say pointless Tales of the Unexpected episode, there is better out there if you look.
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Marigold's cockney accent in the early Thatcher years
Parker Lewis6 November 2016
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One reason I like watching Tales of the Unexpected, especially the early episodes, is we see England in the Thatcher years. This episode was screened in 1982, three years into Thatcher's prime ministership, and we see the fashions, the cars, the furniture, the weather.

Toyah Willcox plays Marigold who struggles to make a living in advertising when her voice is dubbed for an advertisement. It's an impressive performance from Marigold, and I can imagine her having to resort to shopping at Costcutter instead of Waitrose given her drop in income. Unfortunately Marigold suffers a nervous breakdown. Her cockney type accent reminds of me Dick Van Dyke's cockney attempt in Mary Poppins.

We also get to see the English seaside pier, as Marigold contemplates her future. You can feel the cold, with everyone wrapped up. Interestingly, in the end credits there's a voice-over saying that Marigold perfume was entirely made up for this episode.
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disappointing episode
FieCrier2 June 2006
A woman known as Blue Marigold is the face of an advertising campaign. Ordinarily she doesn't speak in the ads, but when it comes time to do a TV ad, she's surprised to discover that she'd been dubbed by another actress. She's upset and ultimately let go by the company with a jeweled blue marigold as a parting gift.

Correspondingly, her boyfriend (a married man) also leaves her, though it's unclear whether he didn't want to be with her as her fame faded or whether he was more upset at her becoming alcoholic.

Year later she bumps into the woman who dubbed her, who is due to be married to her ex- boyfriend.

Competently shot and acted, but the story is rather slight and predictable.
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