Tales of the Unexpected: Season 1, Episode 4

Lamb to the Slaughter (14 Apr. 1979)

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When her policeman husband Patrick callously announces that he is leaving her, Mary Marney hits and kills him with the frozen leg of lamb she has bought for their dinner. Thinking quickly, ... See full summary »

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When her policeman husband Patrick callously announces that he is leaving her, Mary Marney hits and kills him with the frozen leg of lamb she has bought for their dinner. Thinking quickly, she calls his colleagues, claiming that she came in from the shops and found him dead. Whilst they speculate over what kind of weapon killed him she invites them all to a roast lamb dinner. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Meat is murder.
7 January 2013 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Pregnant housewife Mary Marny (Susan George) arrives home from the shops to discover her police inspector husband Patrick (Michael Byrne) dead on the living room floor, the back of his head crushed by a heavy, blunt weapon. A distraught Mary calls the police who, led by Detective Sergeant Jack Nolan (Brian Blessed), proceed to hunt for the murder weapon, but to no avail.

Lamb to the Slaughter is a fun little tale, but one can't feeling that it's just a touch ridiculous, not because of the somewhat implausible nature of the final twist, which is macabre enough to forgive, but because it is revealed in a series of flashbacks that Patrick is cheating on his wife, a caring, attentive woman who also happens to be incredibly sexy, even in a maternity smock the size of a circus tent. Patrick's bit on the side would have to be off the scale in every department to compete with Susan George, in which case she'd hardly be knocking around with an ugly git like him! This aspect of an otherwise decent tale is incredibly hard to swallow, much like that dry joint of lamb Roald Dahl shared with Ian Fleming in his opening anecdote.


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