Author Tony Medway is thrilled to receive a phone call from Susan Mandeville, inviting him to a restaurant to discuss making a film of his book. After all, Susan is married to an ... See full summary »

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Susan Mandeville
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Rinaldo
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Louise Medway
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Peter Blundell
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Melanie Litmayer
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Gertrude Shilling ...
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Author Tony Medway is thrilled to receive a phone call from Susan Mandeville, inviting him to a restaurant to discuss making a film of his book. After all, Susan is married to an influential film producer and the deal could make Tony's fortune. Unfortunately, Blundell's, the restaurant of Susan's choice, is very expensive. Tony has budgeted himself to have a fairly inexpensive and minimal meal but Susan keeps going for items he can barely afford. Never mind, it will all come right because of her husband, won't it? Assuming he still is her husband. Written by don @ minifie-1

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18 June 1983 (UK)  »

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I quite liked this one.

Tales of the Unexpected: The Luncheon starts as an author named Tony Medway (Bosco Hogan) gets a phone call from Susan Mandeville (Gayle Hunnicutt) who wants to talk to him about his novel 'Angels and Ministers of Grace', Tony instantly recognises her name as the wife of an influential Hollywood film producer & agrees to meet her at Blundell's restaurant for lunch. Blundell's is extremely expensive so he clears the little money he has out of his account in an attempt to impress her & maybe get her to convince her husband to buy the rights to his book & make it into a film, but will his final few quid spent on someone he has never met be a good investment?

Episode 10 from season 6 this Tales of the Unexpected story originally aired here in the UK during June 1983, the ninth of twelve Tales of the Unexpected episode to be directed by Graham Evans I actually quite liked this one. The story by successful novelist & disgraced Tory politician Jeffrey Archer who was jailed for four years for purgery (ha, ha, ha) was dramatised by Gerald Savory & has a really neat central story about an up & coming author which one might suspect is partly autobiographical on Archer's part, the story builds up very well & you can relate to the situation Tony finds himself in as his lunch guest continues to order expensive food from the menu while he looks on in horror thinking about the ever growing bill! Having said that The Luncheon is all about greed, be it the greed of Susan who stuffs herself at Tony's expense or Tony's greed as he sees pounds signs in his eyes as he thinks he might get a bundle of cash for his novel. This one works very well & much better than most Tales of the Unexpected, at only 25 minutes long it moves along at a nice pace & doesn't outstay it's welcome. The only negative is that the ending isn't quite as strong as the rest of the program & isn't much of a twist.

This one hasn't dated too badly although the Art Deco styled interior of Blundell's is simply horrendous & one of the ugliest looking restaurants ever put on screen, I should also point out to those who don't live in the UK tall black guy's who have their shirt unbuttoned down to their stomach wearing gold chains around their neck are few & far between... Shot entirely on videotape this looks pretty poor. The acting is alright but nothing special & unusually there's no big names in the cast.

The Luncheon is one of the best Tales of the Unexpected stories from it's later seasons, probably because it had a good central idea which manages to overcome it's lowly production values.


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