Tales of the Unexpected: Season 2, Episode 6

Fat Chance (5 Apr. 1980)

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Mary Burge's figure has ballooned over the years since she first married her pharmacist husband John because she is a great comfort eater. John is tired of her and turns to legal secretary ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Introduced by
John Burge
Mary Burge
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Dr. Applegate
Anthony Roye ...
Peter van Dissel ...
Katie Flower ...
Jean Kitson ...
Nigel Caliburn ...
Stage Manager
Michael Quinto ...
Man in Dressing Room
Carol Thornton ...
Woman in Dressing Room


Mary Burge's figure has ballooned over the years since she first married her pharmacist husband John because she is a great comfort eater. John is tired of her and turns to legal secretary Frances, who becomes his mistress. Mary, however, will not divorce him and Frances is issuing an ultimatum. He decides to put his pharmaceutical skills into play and poison his wife's chocolates. However, not everything will go to plan. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Decent Tales of the Unexpected episode.

Tales of the Unexpected: Fat Chance is set in a small English village where chemist John Burge (John Castle) runs a pharmacy & is in love with legal secretary Frances (Sheila Gish), everything would be perfect except for his fat overweight wife Mary (Miriam Margolyes) whom won't give him a divorce & still loves him. Frances gives John an ultimatum, she is going away & unless he gets rid off Mary she won't be coming back. John takes the decision to kill Mary & uses her obsession with eating chocolates to do so, however his carefully laid plans don't go as smoothly as he had anticipated...

This Tales of the Unexpected story was episode 6 from season 2 that originally aired here in the UK during April 1980, the first of eleven Tales of the Unexpected episodes to be directed by John Gorrie this is an OK way to pass 30 odd minutes but nothing more. The story by Robert Bloch was dramatised by Denis Cannan & unlike most of season 1 & 2 Roald Dahl creatively had nothing to do with Fat Chance although he still gets an introduction in which he talks about how rich Indians used to poison their wives by putting Tiger whiskers in their curry! Anyway, this is a decent enough crime thriller with yet another seemingly clever plan back firing in a spectacular way & to it's credit it has a nice ironic twist ending which makes Fat Chance a worthwhile watch. This has some OK dialogue & character's which don't feel as rushed or pointless as in a lot of Tales of the Unexpected episodes which helps draw you into the story & makes the twist at the end have at least some impact.

This one looks OK, it's a bit flat & bland but it's watchable if a bit dated. There's no horror, suspense or excitement really but the stories alright which is it's main selling point. There's yet another strong cast featuring plenty of familiar British TV actors.

Fat Chance is a painless way to pass 30 odd minutes, don't bust a gut to do so but if you can catch it on TV then it's worth a watch.

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