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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29 March 1980 (UK)  »

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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 »

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

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Beware the bite of a Krait.
10 February 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Harry Pope is working out in India as a teacher, a drinker who's been off it for three weeks, he's set to return home, not being a fan of India, a new life beckons. One night Harry is laying in bed, a Krait climbs into his bed, to sleep on his warm stomach, one false move and the Krait would strike, a deadly bite. Soon after the Krait has made itself comfortable, his friend Timber returns home from an evening out, but time is very short for Harry.

Andrew Ray is very very good as Harry, an actor that would make quite a few appearances in Tales, I would argue this was his best performance of the six.

A truly top notch episode, so clever and twisted, which of us doesn't have a justifiable fear of deadly and poisonous snakes, the Krait being one of the most feared. They managed to create a massive amount of tension, and a primal fear. You also get a moment of calm, and just when you think everything is alright, Roald Dahl strikes in his own typical way.

A cracker, especially if you have a fear of serpents!! 8/10


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