Tales of the Unexpected: Season 3, Episode 3

Proof of Guilt (23 Aug. 1980)

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George Stamford has come to avenge himself on Mr. Chillingham and is discovered in the latter's locked office with Chillingham dead of a gun-shot wound. However, there is no gun to be found... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Roy Marsden ...
Chief Inspector Walters
Jeremy Clyde ...
George Stamford
Dudley Sutton ...
Det. Sgt. Jack Sherrard
Elizabeth Richardson ...
Clarissa Tower
John Gill ...
Alec MacTaggart
Geoffrey Lumsden ...
Peter Macklin ...
Police Constable Harris (as Peter Macklen)
Richard Barnes ...
Charles Hearn


George Stamford has come to avenge himself on Mr. Chillingham and is discovered in the latter's locked office with Chillingham dead of a gun-shot wound. However, there is no gun to be found and no apparent means of disposing of one. Inspector Walters has to work out how it was done and if George really is a man with an iron constitution. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"Make sure your lads give him a right going over" Pretty good tale of the unexpected.

Tales of the Unexpected: Proof of Guilt starts like any other ordinary morning in London, secretary Clarissa Tower (Elizabeth Richardson) is going about her work as normal when she hears a gunshot come from the office of her boss Mr Chillingham, she unlocks the door & sees him dead on the floor having been shot in the neck & a George Stamford (Jeremy Clyde) sitting there smoking. The police are notified & Chief Inspector Walters (Roy Marsden) is on the case which seems on the surface very simple, however while he has motive, means & opportunity he has no murder weapon. There is not one single trace of any weapon or a single shred of evidence to suggest George had or fired one so how did he shoot Chillingham inside a locked room if he didn't have a gun?

This Tales of the Unexpected story was episode 3 from season 3 that originally aired here in the UK during August 1980, directed by Chris Lovett this is another crime themed Tales of the Unexpected rather than a horror or supernatural one & is pretty good. The story by Bill Pronzini was dramatised by Johnny Byrne & has a fascinating central premise of a seemingly simple case of murder but on closer inspection would appear to be impossible to have been committed by the only suspect. It certainly has a attention grabbing hook & it kept me watching throughout to see what really happened which in the end was a bit of a disappointment, as I watch more of these Tales of the Unexpected episodes it's clear what sort of style the production team went for & I always try to put myself in their position & how they would end these episodes as opposed to the obvious & I generally always find myself guessing the outcome correctly & Proof of Guilt is no different as I had figured out how Goeorge did it within 15 minutes & I was right which sort of disappointed me but there you go. Also there is no way he could have done what was suggested, from the time of the shot to when the secretary entered the office there is no way on Earth he could have achieved what he was said to have & it's as simple as that. Still, as an interesting piece of crime mystery it's worth a watch.

Technically this is alright, a lot of these old British TV show's had pretty low budgets & I'm sure Tales of the Unexpected was no exception. As usual time hasn't been kind to this, from the hideous fashions to horrible cars & just check out those ancient police vehicles! The acting was alright from the usual familiar cast of Brit actors.

Proof of guilt is a neat little Tales of the Unexpected episode which fans of the show will like but I couldn't help but think the ending was a bit routine & anyone good at guessing these sorts of twists will figure this one out as I did, at only 30 odd minutes in length it's worth a watch though.

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