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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Dr. Applegate
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James
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Derek
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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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One of my favourites. A classic episode of Tales.
10 February 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

John Burge, a conceited Pharmacist is annoyed by his wife Mary, as time has gone on she's piled on weight, and enjoys sitting in front of the TV eating sweets and boxes of Chocolates. John is having an affair with the attractive Frances, a woman that he does amateur dramatics with. John gets Frances to suss out Mary's opinion on what she'd do hypothetically if he was having an affair, she explains she'd take him for every penny. Frances comes up with the idea of bumping off Mary, through poison.

Fat Chance is beautifully acted, John Castle I am a huge fan of, he is brilliant in this. Sheila Gish is excellent, almost Lady Macbeth is a pleated skirt. Miriam Margolyes shines in every scene she's in, such a glint in her eye in every scene, utterly brilliant. Geoffrey Bayldon too, excellent as the blackmailed Doctor.

There is a total nastiness about this episode, it's a fantastic story, with a really nasty twist, one that you did not see coming. I can also relate with Mary, times when I hammer the gym, and times where I love to pop the TV on and open the box of chocs.

Possibly many people will argue that my score of ten is too high for this episode, but there is just something magical about this episode, it's one of my favourites, and when I think of this show I think of Flypaper and Fat Chance.

Love everything about this episode, it boasts one of the best ever twists. 10/10


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