Tales of the Unexpected: Season 3, Episode 6

Parson's Pleasure (1980)

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Crooked antique expert Cyril Boggis dresses as a vicar and calls on Suffolk farmsteads offering to take old furniture off the occupants' hands for a fee. Of course, he knows when the ... See full summary »

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Cyril Boggis
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Mr. Rummins
Lee Montague ...
Mr. Storker
Godfrey James ...
Claud
Harry Jones ...
Bert Rummins
Irlin Hall ...
County Lady
Roger Milner ...
Mr. Hawkins
Virginia Clay ...
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Crooked antique expert Cyril Boggis dresses as a vicar and calls on Suffolk farmsteads offering to take old furniture off the occupants' hands for a fee. Of course, he knows when the furniture is valuable and none more so than the dresser he sees at Farmer Rummins' run-down place. So as not to create suspicion he tells Rummins that he is only interested in the legs. This is a bad plan on his part because Rummins and his lads have difficulty getting the object of Cyril's greed through the door and decide on drastic action. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Voiceover disclaimer over end-credits: "We have been requested by the London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association to make it clear to viewers that the use of their symbol, shown in the window of the fictional antique dealer in this programme, was in no way intended to imply that the Association condones certain dishonest practices of the antique dealer which were portrayed in this fictional story". See more »

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Version of Thirty-Minute Theatre: Parson's Pleasure (1965) See more »

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Lead Us, Heavenly Father
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By James Edmeston
Performed by John Gielgud
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a fun twist to a well-acted tale
12 May 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Cyril Boggis, antiques dealer (John Gielgud), is more than a bit crooked and is always on the hunt for a bargain, under the guise of 'The Society for the Preservation of Rare Furniture' and a clergyman's collar.

With his plummy accent and bearing he's never going to cause suspicion, and we see him charm his way through country houses until one day he meets a farmer, Mr Rummins (Bernard Miles), who has something a bit unexpected hiding under his ferret cage.

This episode is great fun and beautifully acted by the two theatrical knights, and has a satisfying twist even if you can see it coming quite a few minutes before. One of the better Tales in the series and well worth a look.


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