Tales of the Unexpected: Season 6, Episode 4

Clerical Error (30 Apr. 1983)

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Whilst winding up his late father's affairs for his invalid mother Paul Standing comes across an invoice from a London book-shop and goes to meet the owners, the Carey brothers, who claim ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Evelyn Laye ...
Mrs. Standing
Richard Pearson ...
Michael Carey
Paul Standing
David Webb ...
Ronnie Carey


Whilst winding up his late father's affairs for his invalid mother Paul Standing comes across an invoice from a London book-shop and goes to meet the owners, the Carey brothers, who claim that Paul's father owes them money for pornographic books they sent him. In fact the brothers are crooks who scour the obituary columns for the names of deceased worthies and then hit their relatives with the lie that the dead man owed them for erotic reading material, knowing that the ignorant next of kin will pay up to avoid a scandal. However Paul and his mother invite the Careys to their house and greet them with a shot-gun and some very incontrovertible news that certainly scuppers the proposed scam. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Decent Tales of the Unexpected episode.

Tales of the Unexpected: Clerical Error starts as Paul Standing (Hugh Fraser) is coming to terms with the death of his father Ralph. He gets a letter in the post from Carey Bros. Curious Books who has sent a bill for £1100 for an outstanding payment for an order of porn books brought by his father, it's a scheme run by Michael (Richard Pearson) & Ronnie Carey (David Webb) to con money out of relatives of rich gentlemen who will just pay the money to prevent news of their loved ones being implicated in reading porn & keep their good names intact. However this time Michael & Ronnie didn't check their facts & are about to come unstuck...

Episode 4 from season 6 this Tales of the Unexpected story originally aired here in the UK during April 1983, the eighth of twelve Tales of the Unexpected episodes to be directed by Graham Evans this is a decent enough way to pass 25 minutes. The story by James Gould Cozzens & Richard Huggett was dramatised by Peter Ransley & is saved completely by the reasonably satisfying twist ending, take the ending away & Clerical Error is absolutely worthless. It's a dull, extremely padded (the two old geezers breaking down for instance) & gives the plot away far too early on. The ending saves it somewhat & as a one time watch it's fine I suppose, I didn't love it but I didn't hate it, if your a fan of the show you'll probably like it otherwise it's nothing to write home about.

Like just about every other Tales of the Unexpected episode Clerical Error has no style or visual flair, it's shot in the most boring way you can imagine. It's competent but bland & totally forgettable. The acting is alright, no big names in the cast here.

Clerical Error is an OK Tales of the Unexpected story, the twist ending totally saved it from the realms of banality. Fans of the show should like it.

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