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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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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Tales of the Unexpected episode in the early Thatcher years
7 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Roald Dahl's introductions to Tales of the Unexpected are worth the price of admission alone, seeing him resting in his armchair by his fireplace. I'm not sure if it was filmed in a studio, but the setting was very convincing.

It's a shame the Dahl introductions didn't continue for every episode.

Anyway, the episode gets off to a sunny start, with beautiful weather, kind of representing the early Thatcher years where the Winter of Discontent dissolved following the election of Thatcher in 1979.

Mirian Margoyles (who became an Australian citizen in 2013) is a delight in this episode.

Credit also to Michael Quinto (not sure if he's related to Zachary) who was the Man in the Dressing Room, and Carol Thornton, the Woman in the Dressing Room.

The ending is downbeat or upbeat depending upon your perspective.


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