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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Introduced by
Paul Duveen
Michael Fish
John Forgeham ...
Police Officer


Flash American Paul Duveen stops to give elderly Irish vagrant Michael Fish a lift in his new BMW. Michael is a pickpocket, which comes in very handy after his encouragement to Paul to break the speed limit has attracted the attention of a traffic cop on a motor-bike, who waves them over. After the cop has gone Michael shows a happy Paul that he stole the cop's notebook and evidence but before long Paul will be anything but happy. Written by don @ minifie-1

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22 March 1980 (UK)  »

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OK Tales of the Unexpected episode.

Tales of the Unexpected: The Hitch-Hiker starts as an American author Paul Duveen (Rod Taylor) gets in his BMW in Cambridge & begins his drive to London, on the way he notices a hitch-hiker & decides to give him a lift. The elderly Irish hitch-hiker introduces himself as Michael Fish (no not the cult iconic British TV weatherman!, Cyril Cusack) & refuses to tell Duveen what he does for a living, unfortunately for Duveen it's not before long he finds out...

This Tales of the Unexpected story was episode 4 from season 2 that originally aired here in the UK during March 1980, the first of two Tales of the Unexpected episodes to be directed by Alastair Reid this was an OK way to pass 30 odd minutes. The story by Roald Dahl was dramatised by Robin Chapman & during his filmed introduction Dahl states that he always gave hitch-hikers lifts until one rainy night he stopped to pick two up one of whom stuck a knife to his neck & told him to get out which he did & they drove off leaving him in the rain & I suppose this story came from that unnerving experience. Anyway, this makes for a nice chance for this series while although it's yet another crime drama with a twist it's a different sort of story with a different setting & for that alone The Hitch-Hiker is a decent watch even if one might say it's a touch predictable, it's still pretty good fun to watch though with likable character's that are quite well developed considering it's tight running time.

Again this hasn't dated too well with horrible fashions, outdated police procedures & pretty awful looking cars. The casts of this series were generally excellent & feature all sorts of popular & familiar British TV actors & this is no exception with decent performances.

The Hitch-Hiker is a good tale of the unexpected episode that while in keeping with this series isn't outstandingly brilliant is watchable all the same.

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