Tales of the Unexpected: Season 5, Episode 18

The Skeleton Key (22 Aug. 1982)

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Andy, a hospital radiographer, is losing his girlfriend Emma to the self-centred Max, who is planning to take her on a romantic holiday. When Max complains of pains and Andy sees him in a ... See full summary »

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John Duttine ...
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Peter Machin ...
Andy
Peter Jeffrey ...
Mr. Stewart
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Andy, a hospital radiographer, is losing his girlfriend Emma to the self-centred Max, who is planning to take her on a romantic holiday. When Max complains of pains and Andy sees him in a professional capacity, an opportunity for revenge arises. Did Max really swallow that key, or is Andy just making him suffer ? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Rubbish love story.

Tales of the Unexpected: The Skeleton Key starts as Andy (Peter Machin) is told by his girlfriend Emma (Julie Dawn Cole) that she is dumping him for a guy named Max (John Duttine). Andy feels somewhat upset, then Max complains of pains in his body & Andy senses his opportunity. Since Andy is the radiographer at the local hospital & has to take an x-ray of Max he uses his position to try & get Emma back...

Episode 18 from season 5 this Tales of the Unexpected story originally aired here in the UK during August 1982, the final story from season 5 & the tenth of ten Tales of the Unexpected episodes to be directed by Alan Gibson I thought this was crap. The story by Graham Sutton was dramatised by Roy Russell & is one of those horribly predictable Tales of the Unexpected episodes which has some awful slushy love story at it's center. I'm sorry but this series is at it's best when it's telling dark twisted tales about crimes & the supernatural, not & I repeat not when it's trying to tell a truly horrible love story that is as predictable as it is crap. The Skeleton Key is one of those awful episodes which let the good ones down & why Tales of the Unexpected isn't that popular or well remembered despite running for over 110 episodes over nine seasons.

Why did the surgeon operate on Max before an x-ray had been taken? As everyone was at great pains to point out the key itself might have dislodged itself & moved by the morning so why operate when he didn't even know where the key would be for definite? This has no style & is rather bland & forgettable to look at. The acting is alright, John Duttine would later go on to star in over 60 episodes of Heartbeat (1992 - 2007) as Sgt. George Miller.

The Skeleton Key is crap, I hated it & thought it was a waste of 25 minutes of my time. There's no twist, no scares, no surprises so what's the point? There are much better Tales of the Unexpected episodes out there so watch one of those instead.


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