Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
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Walter Oates, editor of a magazine which publishes crime stories, is married to Jane but is having an affair with his secretary Edna, and the two women meet when Edna stands in for an ... See full summary »

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Walter Oates, editor of a magazine which publishes crime stories, is married to Jane but is having an affair with his secretary Edna, and the two women meet when Edna stands in for an absent guest at a dinner party. Walter is running a competition with a cash prize for the reader who submits the best murder mystery, though most of the entries are rubbish. Then Jane challenges him to write a story, under an assumed name, given that he is the editor. But when life mirrors art, even an assumed name is little defence. Written by don @ minifie-1

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16 June 1984 (UK)  »

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How to get rid of your wife.
21 February 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Walter Oates is the editor of a magazine which deals in crimes, married to wife Jane, but conducting an affair with sexy secretary Edna. Jane announces she's put on a dinner party, with important Doctor Mellish invited, a potential investor, Edna is invited to make up the even numbers. Edna pushes Walter to get rid of his wife, and when he says he plans to, Edna is worried. Walter's running a competition for mysteries, he's encouraged by his fellow guests to write a story himself. Edna turns up the heat announcing she's pregnant, Walter has a dilemma as Jane has the money. Naturally the unexpected happens.

The cast list makes for some impressive reading, Jane Asher, Patrick Mower and Jim Norton. Each put in a good performance, as did Celia Gregory who had previously impressed in 'Kindly dig your own grave,'

They actually manage to create a fair bit of suspense that's been lacking for ages, the dinner party scene is really well put together, but again the problem seems to be the small budget, it all looks a little cheaply put together once again, the sets are horrible, that last one especially, what were they thinking??

All in all though, better thought out, more engaging, a lot more enjoyable, 6/10


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