Wealthy Prince Zawi gives surgeon Robert Sandy a diamond for saving his life. The diamond is extremely valuable and, as a precaution against it being stolen, Robert hides it in a very safe ... See full summary »

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Wealthy Prince Zawi gives surgeon Robert Sandy a diamond for saving his life. The diamond is extremely valuable and, as a precaution against it being stolen, Robert hides it in a very safe place indeed. However, whilst he and his wife are out, the house is robbed and the diamond is stolen. Next day a colleague of Robert's is operating on a woman who has swallowed something unusual - Robert's diamond. So how did it get inside her? Written by don @ minifie-1

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15 January 1988 (UK)  »

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Decent Tales of the Unexpected episode.

Tales of the Unexpected: The Surgeon is set in Cambridge as a rich prince named Zawi (Raad Rawi) gives the surgeon Robert Sandy (John Alderton) who saved his life a large diamond as a gift. Sandy accepts the diamond & takes it to Harry Gold (Thorley Walters) a jeweller who says it could be worth up to a half a million pounds. Obviously excited by the news Robert tells his wife Betty (Allison Fiske) & they begin to make plans in regard to what they're going to do with the money once they sell it, Robert decides to hide the diamond in case they are burgled which actually happens that very night. Was Robert's hiding place good & clever enough to prevent it from being stolen?

This Tales of the Unexpected story was episode 3 from season 9 & originally aired here in the UK during January 1988, the seventh of seven Tales of the Unexpected episodes to be directed by Graham Evans this is an OK time waster but like most of the stories from this show nothing that special. The story by Roald Dahl was dramatised by Robin Chapman & unlike many of this show's latter stories it's a watchable way to pass 25 odd minutes but little else, the show went downhill after Dahl's involvement ceased but in taking one of his stories The Surgeon is at least quite fun if slight entertainment. Personally I think anyone familiar with the series & the way it's stories generally pan out will not have a great deal of trouble predicting how The Surgeon will end, it's relatively predictable & simplistic storytelling & considering the standard of season 9 I'm in no way surprised Tales of the Unexpected didn't return for season 10...

This one looks alright, the low TV budget obviously doesn't help & while it looks cheap it's generally well made I suppose. On a personal level I would have just kept the diamond in my pocket rather than try to be too clever, I mean then it would have been close to me at all times & I could actually psychically touch it & hold it just to reassure myself as opposed to a silly hiding place which was never going to totally safe. As usual another fine British cast of familiar TV faces turn up.

The Surgeon is an adequate time waster if you have nothing else to do but it lacks any real punch, it's more than a tad predictable & at the end of the day utterly forgettable.


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