Tales of the Unexpected: Season 2, Episode 5

Poison (29 Mar. 1980)

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Harry, a young teacher working in India but about to return home is petrified when a poisonous snake creeps into his bed and sits on his belly. His friend Timber happens by and they call a ... See full summary »



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Harry, a young teacher working in India but about to return home is petrified when a poisonous snake creeps into his bed and sits on his belly. His friend Timber happens by and they call a local doctor. The snake is parted from Harry's body and the others leave but... Written by don @ minifie-1

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The snake on Harry's belly is a black & white grass snake for most shots, but in one shot he lifts the bed sheet and the snake is, instead, a brown boa constrictor. See more »


Version of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Poison (1958) See more »

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Decent Tales of the Unexpected episode.

Tales of the Unexpected: Poison is set in India which teacher Harry Pope (Andrew Ray) hates, he has had some good news though in that the company he works for is replacing him with a local teacher & it's only a matter of time before Harry goes back to England. However one night while reading a book a highly poisonous snake called a Kriate slithers into his bed & parks itself on his stomach, Harry is petrified & cannot move a muscle for fear of the snake biting him which would undoubtedly be fatal. Then luckily his friend Timber Woods (Anthony Steel) arrives & together they have to figure a way out of the precarious situation...

This Tales of the Unexpected story was episode 5 from season 2 that originally aired here in the UK during March 1980, the first of 12 Tales of the Unexpected episodes to be directed by Graham Evans this is a decent enough time waster but as usual nothing special. The story by Roald Dahl was dramatised by Robin Chapman & in his filmed introduction Dahl recalls that while he was working in East Africa when he was 20 years old he witnessed a gardener bitten by a Black Mamba & despite his best efforts died later that day & that's where the inspiration for this story came from I suppose. Anyway this is the second time Dahl's story Poison has been adapted into a TV anthology series after an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1958) & the main thing about this story is it's unique hook, setting & plotting. Unfortunately it doesn't do much with the premise & it actually starts to wear thin before the end which is supposed to have a twist but as is common for Tales of the Unexpected it's pretty predictable. This is passable stuff & worth 25 minutes of your life but it's hardly spectacular or particularly memorable.

This one looks a lot better than most Tales of the Unexpected episodes being shot on film & having some nice cinematography which actually has the camera moving rather than the usual low budget 'point-and-shoot' blandness. The acting is alright from another strong British cast including Judy Geeson.

Poison is a watchable enough 25 minutes of British TV drama that is worth a watch but isn't outstanding & a tad forgettable.

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