Tales of the Unexpected: Season 4, Episode 14

Bosom Friends (1981)

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When hard-working Nell invites her old school friend Emma to come and stay in her ramshackle country cottage to help her make ends meet, she is unaware that she has landed herself with a ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Nell Bridges
Emma Adkins
Nat Jackley ...
Mr. Deacon
Aaron Shirley ...
Mr. Brown
Patricia Browning ...
Ward Sister


When hard-working Nell invites her old school friend Emma to come and stay in her ramshackle country cottage to help her make ends meet, she is unaware that she has landed herself with a free-loader who has a lifetime's experience of not paying her way. Nell is so anxious to get rid of her unwelcome tenant that she resorts to a murderous plan. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Another average episode.

Tales of the Unexpected: Bosom Friends starts as penniless old lady Emma Adkins (Joan Greenwood) receives a phone call on her birthday from her old school friend Nell Bridges (Rachel Kempson) who lives in a farmhouse which she can't afford, Nell suggests that Emma rent the upstairs rooms & that would ease her money troubles. Emma senses she could also ease hers even though she hasn't got any & agrees only she can't pay any rent because she doesn't have any money & takes advantage of Nell's good nature, however Nell becomes fed up with Emma & decides to take somewhat unfriendly action...

This Tales of the Unexpected story was episode 14 from season 4 & originally aired here in the UK during June 1981, the fifth of twelve Tales of the Unexpected episodes to be directed by Grahma Evans this is average stuff at best. The story by Dana Lyon was dramatised by Robin Chapman & is a pretty predictable affair, it's all about trust, taking advantage & other such morals although that doesn't really make for a good story in itself. I suppose it tells it's story effectively enough & there's a decent ending but it's nothing special, the character's & dialogue are OK & at 30 odd minutes in length it takes a while to get to it's very simple & basic punchline.

This looks alright, the low TV budget didn't help & it's a bit flat & bland looking. There's no scares or suspense or tension in this one. Again there's another fine British TV cast here.

Bosom Friends is yet another instantly forgettable Tales of the Unexpected episode that is worth watching if your bored or there's nothing else on.

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