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1. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Accidental Death (1984)

26 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.1
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Steve and Jane are a couple of thieves who travel the country pretending to be market researchers for Silvertone metal polish whilst they find suitable homes to burgle. In a hotel bar they ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Duffell | Stars: Cyril Cusack, Andrew Ray, Lynsey Baxter, Tamara Ustinov

Votes: 50

2. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Have a Nice Death (1984)

26 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

5.0
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In New York to promote his new book 'Women Weeping', British author Sam Luke jauntily dismisses claims that it is sexist in a television interview. However, when he returns to his hotel ... See full summary »

Director: William Slater | Stars: Simon Cadell, Kate Harper, Susannah Fellows, Ian Tyler

Votes: 61

3. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: A Passing Opportunity (1983)

Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.2
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Frank Jesmond is on hard times and in danger of losing his family when a man named Laughlin gives him a job as a hitman, the mark being Peter Madison, a school contemporary of Frank who has... See full summary »

Director: Graham Evans | Stars: Bryan Marshall, George Sewell, Charles Keating, Janette Legge

Votes: 53

4. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Clerical Error (1983)

23 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

7.3
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Whilst winding up his late father's affairs for his invalid mother Paul Standing comes across an invoice from a London book-shop and goes to meet the owners, the Carey brothers, who claim ... See full summary »

Director: Graham Evans | Stars: Evelyn Laye, Richard Pearson, Hugh Fraser, David Webb

Votes: 71

5. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Hit and Run (1983)

26 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.8
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Dr. Roger Ashburn is heart-broken when his beloved but selfish wife Mary leaves him, in highly public fashion, leaving her wedding ring to be found during a dinner party Roger is giving for... See full summary »

Director: Peter Hammond | Stars: John Duttine, Susan Penhaligon, Ray Lonnen, Brenda Blethyn

Votes: 58

6. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: The Luncheon (1983)

26 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

5.6
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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 ... See full summary »

Director: Graham Evans | Stars: Gayle Hunnicutt, Bosco Hogan, Stephen Greif, Hazel McBride

Votes: 68

7. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: The Memory Man (1983)

26 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.6
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Colin Mearns scrapes a living with a business helping people improve their memory but it is not a huge success and his girl-friend wants out. Then a Mr. King turns up, seeking Colin's help.... See full summary »

Director: Peter Duffell | Stars: Colin Blakely, Bernard Cribbins, Judy Geeson, John Biggerstaff

Votes: 65

8. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: The Vorpal Blade (1983)

25 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.9
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Elderly - uniformed - Teuton Von Baden tells colleague Winterluck a tale from his youth when he was a student in Heidelberg over fifty years earlier. A fellow student Cassan was a bully but... See full summary »

Director: John Jacobs | Stars: Peter Cushing, Anthony Higgins, John Bailey, Andrew Bicknell

Votes: 77

9. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Where's Your Sense of Humour? (1983)

25 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.5
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George Forester is an annoying practical joker, who tries the patience of work colleague Frank Parker and his wife Laura. When the latest jape, involving the sabotaging of a business dinner... See full summary »

Director: Leonard Lewis | Stars: Sheila Gish, Tom Chadbon, Penelope Nice, Philip Jackson

Votes: 39

10. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: A Man with a Fortune (1982)

26 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.6
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Californian vineyard owner John Smith strikes up a conversation with a young woman called Eva whom he meets in a bar. He tells her that he has come to England to trace his ancestry and that... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: Shane Rimmer, Cyd Hayman, Elizabeth Richardson, Donald Eccles

Votes: 62

11. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Decoy (1982)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

5.9
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Following the murders of young women in a local park Woman Police Constable Mary Bryan agrees, somewhat reluctantly, to go undercover as a decoy. The chief suspect is a man called Timothy ... See full summary »

Director: John Jacobs | Stars: Susan Penhaligon, Tim Woodward, Frank Wylie, Ian Redford

Votes: 67

12. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Operation Safecrack (1982)

24 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

7.4
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Sam 'The Touch' Morrissey is the most famous safe-cracker in Britain and advertising executive Jack Harrison uses him in an elaborate live television stunt to promote his company. Sam has ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: John Mills, David Healy, June Ritchie, Edward Burnham

Votes: 74

13. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Run, Rabbit, Run (1982)

26 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

5.7
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Ten years after he was, as a young soldier billeted in Paris at the end of World War Two, Robert Simpson returns to the house where he stayed, owned by Resistance hero Hector Vareille. ... See full summary »

Director: John Jacobs | Stars: Leslie Caron, Constantine Gregory, James Aubrey, Bernadette Windsor

Votes: 62

14. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: The Eavesdropper (1982)

25 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

7.2
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The 'eavesdropper' is married Moira who, whilst in a restaurant, overhears a younger woman at an adjacent table tell her friend how she had a weekend in Paris with her lover Donald. Moira ... See full summary »

Director: John Gorrie | Stars: Dorothy Tutin, Michael Craig, Sheila Ruskin, Bernice Stegers

Votes: 73

15. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: The Moles (1982)

26 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.9
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Edward and George are friends whose businesses are in financial trouble but neither can get a loan from the bank, which makes them feel like robbing it. They enlist the help of an elderly ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Hammond | Stars: Fulton Mackay, Bill Owen, Harry H. Corbett, Joe Gladwin

Votes: 71

16. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: What Have You Been up to Lately? (1982)

26 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.7
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Fergus Locke, an irascible and frankly washed-up actor, has a row over money with his put-upon wife, during which he kills her. He flees to London and meets Richard Mellor, another failed ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: Peter Barkworth, Benjamin Whitrow, Maggie Fitzgibbon, June Watson

Votes: 61

17. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Who's Got the Lady? (1982)

26 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

5.7
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'The Patrician Lady', a priceless painting, is coming from France on loan to Parnell's London gallery but, at its unveiling, there is an explosion and gun-shots, suggesting a robbery ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Hammond | Stars: Richard Johnson, Victoria Tennant, Robert Beatty, Olivier Pierre

Votes: 55

18. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Bosom Friends (1981)

26 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.5
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When hard-working Nell invites her old school friend Emma to come and stay in her ramshackle country cottage to help her make ends meet, she is unaware that she has landed herself with a ... See full summary »

Director: Graham Evans | Stars: Rachel Kempson, Joan Greenwood, Nat Jackley, Aaron Shirley

Votes: 76

19. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Completely Foolproof (1981)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.3
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Tycoon Joe Brisson is two-timing his wife Lisa, who finds out and wants a divorce - and half of his very considerable fortune, to which end she has forced his hand in admitting to shady ... See full summary »

Director: John Jacobs | Stars: Telly Savalas, Rita Gam, Belinda Mayne, Ramsay Williams

Votes: 72

20. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Shatterproof (1981)

25 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

7.3
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Gerry Williams returns to his New York apartment to discover that an assassin called Smith has been sent by his young and faithless wife Ellen to kill him. Staring down the barrel of a gun ... See full summary »

Director: John Jacobs | Stars: Eli Wallach, Anthony Pullen Shaw, Caroline Langrishe, Godfrey Talbot

Votes: 70

21. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: The Last Bottle in the World (1981)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.2
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Sophie Kassoulas and her wine importer uncle Charles recall a past incident when her lover, Max, editor of a wine magazine, asked Charles what he thought was the finest of all vintages. ... See full summary »

Director: John Gorrie | Stars: Anthony Quayle, Nigel Hawthorne, Gary Bond, Lynette Davies

Votes: 72

22. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: The Way to Do It (1981)

26 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.0
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Living a dreary life and dominated by his wealthy Aunt May, Roger Carson takes to gambling and, due to the wiles of the lovely but devious casino hostess Suzie, he has quickly run up a ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Andrew Ray, Elizabeth Spriggs, Elaine Paige, Martin Benson

Votes: 63

23. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: There's One Born Every Minute (1981)

26 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

7.0
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Arthur and Margaret Pearson are a quiet little suburban couple who inherit fifty thousand pounds when a relative dies. They tentatively invest it in property with the questionable Edward ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Frank Finlay, Heather Sears, Andrew Burt, Jo Rowbottom

Votes: 69

24. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Vicious Circle (1981)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.4
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Whom would you consider to be the more dangerous? Rex Tobin, the young thief who breaks into Mrs. Grady's flat to rob her? Or dear little old Mrs. Grady herself, who, when Tobin falls and ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Dudley | Stars: Siobhan McKenna, Patrick Field, Forbes Collins, Graham Weston

Votes: 71

25. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: I'll Be Seeing You (1980)

24 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

7.1
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Roland Trent is in love with Anna, who is gradually losing her sight but could have an operation to save it. Unfortunately it is not cheap. Roland is married to Vivienne but she is no more ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Dudley | Stars: Anthony Valentine, Hilary Tindall, Amanda Redman, Patricia Mort

Votes: 87

26. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Parson's Pleasure (1980)

27 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

7.3
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Crooked antique expert Cyril Boggis dresses as a vicar and calls on Suffolk farmsteads offering to take old furniture off the occupants' hands for a fee. Of course, he knows when the ... See full summary »

Director: John Bruce | Stars: Roald Dahl, John Gielgud, Bernard Miles, Lee Montague

Votes: 87

27. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Proof of Guilt (1980)

24 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.5
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George Stamford has come to avenge himself on Mr. Chillingham and is discovered in the latter's locked office with Chillingham dead of a gun-shot wound. However, there is no gun to be found... See full summary »

Director: Chris Lovett | Stars: Roy Marsden, Jeremy Clyde, Dudley Sutton, Elizabeth Richardson

Votes: 83

28. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Royal Jelly (1980)

26 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.1
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Bee-keeper Albert Taylor and his wife Mabel are concerned that their baby daughter is underweight and seems reluctant to take any nourishment until, that is, Albert decides to feed her on ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: Roald Dahl, Timothy West, Susan George, Andrew Ray

Votes: 157

29. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: The Party (1980)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.7
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It is coming up to Christmas and Henry Knox, manager of Peckham's toy factory, is doubly incensed. First, he has heard a rumour that the factory will be subject to a take-over by a foreign ... See full summary »

Director: Giles Foster | Stars: Robert Morley, Joyce Redman, Raymond Francis, Leonard Preston

Votes: 85

30. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Vengeance Is Mine Inc. (1980)

23 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.7
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Tired of freezing in their room and living out of tins, enterprising lads Tom and George set up Vengeance Is Mine, Inc. For a small fee they will punch anyone their client feels deserves it... See full summary »

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Roald Dahl, Betsy Blair, Bosco Hogan, Julian Fellowes

Votes: 80

31. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)

25 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

7.8
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Dramatizations of many Roald Dahl short stories.

Stars: Roald Dahl, Andrew Ray, Forbes Collins, Richard Johnson

Votes: 1,163



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