Tales of the Unexpected: Season 4, Episode 17

Hijack (26 Dec. 1981)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Denis Quilley ...
Captain Waterhouse
Simon Cadell ...
Sean Barrett ...
Steward (as Seán Barrett)
Suzanne Danielle ...
Douglas Lambert ...
American Passenger
Helen Horton ...
American Lady Passenger
John Graham ...
Scottish Passenger
William Merrow ...
German Passenger
Neville Phillips ...
English Passenger
Richard Foxton ...
Security Guard
Matthew Long ...
Control Voice (voice)
Peter Tuddenham ...
Control Voice (voice)


An aeroplane flying from London to Edinburgh with a party of surgeons on board is apparently taken over by a hi-jacker. He has taken the stewardess prisoner in a toilet and will shoot her if his demands are not met. This involves a landing at Manchester airport and the delivery onboard of two parachutes and a million pounds. As the plane goes on its way the passengers are informed that the hi-jacker has bailed out. But did he ever exist? And how innocent are the crew in all of this? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Pretty good Tales of the Unexpected episode.

Tales of the Unexpected: Hijack starts in London on an airport runway as Gaelic Airways flight 103 to Edinburgh prepares to take off. With the passengers aboard, a large group of renowned surgeons, the Captain (Denis Quilley) & his co-pilot (Simon Cadell) take off. Then shortly into the flight the Steward (Sean Barrett) enters the cockpit & informs the Captain that an unidentified passenger has taken the air hostess Milly (Suzanne Danielle) hostage in the toilet, he says he has a shampoo bottle full of nitro, a gun & if anyone tries to enter the toilet Milly gets it. The hijacker also demands the plane stop to refuel at Manchester where he wants two parachutes & one million pounds in used notes. All the hijackers demands are met & the plane takes off again but what he is up to & how can he possibly get away with it...

This Tales of the Unexpected story was the 17th & final episode from season 4, the sixth of nine Tales of the Unexpected episodes to be directed by Herbert Wise Hijack is actually an enjoyable little tale with a twist. The story by Robert L. Fish was dramatised by Denis Cannan & is your typical Tales of the Unexpected episode that revolves around some sort of clever criminal scheme that ends in a twist of some sort be it good or bad for the perpetrators. Here the story revolves around a plane hijacking which these days is a bit of a hot potato of a topic & one would suspect that most sensible TV stations now wouldn't make a show with such a theme but luckily back then at the beginning of the 80's things were different & as such Hijack was made. At only twenty five minutes in length at least it's short, it moves along at a good pace & it has a fairly gripping story in which most viewers will probably want to know how it ends. Speaking of the ending I must admit I didn't foresee the twist & it was both satisfying & unexpected.

This appears to have been shot on a real plane but obviously on a runway somewhere, in fact I can't remember a single shot showing the plane flying in the air. At the start of Hijack the hijacker walks through customs at London & he's wearing a long overcoat, huge dark sunglasses & an obviously fake moustache & I sat there & said to myself 'could this guy look any more conspicuous if he tried?'. Dark sunglasses at night & a fake moustache is not the sort of thing to wear if you want to go unnoticed! I am also not convinced that you can open the door on a plane in midair & casually just walk down the aisle against nothing stronger than a slight breeze! There's yet another good cast here including Denis Quilley OBE & Simon Cadell.

Hijack is a bit far-fetched at times especially when compared to todays ultra high security at airports but it's enjoyable enough with a good twist at the end as well, a good end to a largely mixed fourth season which includes great episodes like Would You Believe It? (1981) & crap episodes like Vicous Circle (1981).

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