The 'eavesdropper' is married Moira who, whilst in a restaurant, overhears a younger woman at an adjacent table tell her friend how she had a weekend in Paris with her lover Donald. Moira ... See full summary »

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The 'eavesdropper' is married Moira who, whilst in a restaurant, overhears a younger woman at an adjacent table tell her friend how she had a weekend in Paris with her lover Donald. Moira is aghast. Not only is her husband called Donald, he was in Paris, supposedly on business, the previous weekend. To make matters worse, the woman, Louise, has a distinctive watch which she says was given to her by Donald. And it looks exactly the same as one Donald gave to Moira and then got 'mislaid'. Should Moira approach this woman? Or is it all a bizarre coincidence? Written by don @ minifie-1

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2 May 1982 (UK)  »

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OK Tales of the Unexpected episode.

Tales of the Unexpected: The Eavesdropper starts as Moira (Dorothy Tutin) overhears a conversation in a restaurant between a woman named Louise (Sheila Ruskin) & her friend Kaye (Bernice Stegers), Lousie talks of having an affair with a married man named Donald & him having taken her to Paris the previous weekend. Moira's imagination goes into overtime as her husband's name is Donald (Michael Craig) & he too had been in Paris the previous weekend supposedly on work commitments, could Moira have inadvertently discovered that her husband is in fact cheating on her & what is she going to do about it?

This Tales of the Unexpected story was episode 2 from season 5 & originally aired here in the UK during May 1982, the seventh of eleven Tales of the Unexpected episodes to be directed by John Gorrie this is OK but nothing particularly special. The story by Ruth Wissman was dramatised by Robin Chapman & I suppose is a morality tale about not jumping to conclusions, the dangers of paranoia & to not listen in on other people's conversation's. This one isn't that predictable as it could go either way, perhaps Moira is right & perhaps she isn't & you don't find out until the very end. It moves along at a decent pace at only 25 odd minutes in length & is watchable if nothing else. The twist at the end is alright & it's a neat enough little story, it's just that it's a tad forgettable & nothing special.

This one looks OK although hasn't dated too well as with many episodes from this cheaply produced show. There's no scares, suspense or tension in this one & relies on it's basic story to interest & entertain. The acting is OK & I can't believe Michael Craig is in this, he would go on to star in the Australian exploitation flick Turkey Shoot (1982) which is an absolute favourite of mine. It's amazing who turns in these things, it really is.

The Eavesdropper is a decent enough time waster, it won't change your life or anything but at least it's watchable if nothing else.


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