James Howgill finds his marriage to Caroline unfulfilling and wants a divorce but she sees nothing wrong and refuses. He therefore hires fastidious private eye H.A.K. Bates in the hopes ... See full summary »

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James Howgill
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James Howgill finds his marriage to Caroline unfulfilling and wants a divorce but she sees nothing wrong and refuses. He therefore hires fastidious private eye H.A.K. Bates in the hopes that he can catch her out with another man but the story the detective comes back with leads him to see his wife in a renewed light, resulting in a reconciliation. Did Caroline stage manage this by any chance? Written by don @ minifie-1

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16 September 1984 (UK)  »

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Another average episode.

Tales of the Unexpected: the Reconciliation is set in London where high powered stock broker James Howgill (Roger Rees) wants to divorce his wife Caroline (Meg Davies) but she won't grant him one so he's stuck, in desperation James takes advice from his lawyer friend Derek (John Castle) who says that unless she has been unfaithful or that he can prove they have been separated for over five years the courts would never grant a divorce. Derek points James in the direction of a Mr Bates (Jim Norton) a private detective to try & dig some dirt up on Caroline but nobody counts on what happens next...

This Tales of the Unexpected story was episode 13 from season 7 that originally aired here in the UK during September 1984, the sixth of six Tales of the Unexpected episodes to be directed by John Jacobs this is yet another weak thriller drama with a wholly predictable so-called twist. The story by Nicholas Monsarrat was dramatised by Roy Russell & makes for average viewing at best, as usual the problem is the fact that there's no horror or supernatural elements & the twist is weak & forgettable. At less than 30 minutes in length there's not enough time to develop these plots & character's so you simply don't care either for or what happens to them & there's no chance to throw in any red herrings or any sub plots so almost all of these Tales of the Unexpected episodes with a crime based theme are very predictable & have little to no impact other than at least they move along at a fair pace but as I've just mentioned this is a curse as well as a blessing.

This one hasn't dated too badly although it still looks very bland. There's no action or excitement or tension in this episode & there is one glaring plot hole which I just cannot forgive or believe but to reveal it would give the whole thing away. The acting is alright by yet another familiar British cast.

The Reconciliation (you can guess the so-called 'twist' just from that title) is an OK way to pass 30 odd minutes, nothing more nothing less really.


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