Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
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A Harmless Vanity 

When her best friend Liz tells her that husband George is having an affair with the much younger Carol, Mary Hitchman decides to meet her rival and invites her to a civilized beach party, ... See full summary »

Director:

Giles Foster

Writers:

Theda O. Henle (story), Jeremy Paul (dramatisation)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Sheila Gish ... Mary Hitchman
Keith Barron ... George Hitchman
Carol MacReady ... Liz Ferguson
Colin Farrell Colin Farrell ... Dave Ferguson
Phoebe Nicholls ... Carol
Chas Bryer Chas Bryer ... Frogman
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When her best friend Liz tells her that husband George is having an affair with the much younger Carol, Mary Hitchman decides to meet her rival and invites her to a civilized beach party, having first lost weight and enjoyed a glamorous make-over, enabling her to wear a sexy red bathing suit identical to Carol's. This will all lead to George losing his mistress, though not in the way Mary had expected. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1982 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Wroxham, Norfolk, England, UK

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Anglia Television See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Very Unexpected
19 February 2008 | by michael-1151See all my reviews

These vignettes of the '70's & '80's contain some of the better actors of the era, this particular tale should be viewed bare footed, since its' ending certainly knocked my socks off.

Yes, the plot may have been a little soporific - a suburban tale of a dull wife whose husband appears to be playing away. But the beautiful filming, Sheila Gish's exemplary transformation from boring housewife to stunning blonde femme fatale with a near, but not completely nude long shot, to spice up proceedings, kept my attention. Sadly Sheila died of cancer aged 62 in 2005, a great loss to the British stage, Keith Barron and Phoebe Nicholls, who co-star are, I assume, still going strong.

Compared to the numbingly predictable police/hospital/murder in quaint village fare served to 21st century audiences consuming M & S microwaves for 1, texting their ex's whilst watching, this kept up interest to the unexpected ending. Fancy an unexpected end to a Tale of the Unexpected! But I didn't see it coming. Lets have a few more of these one act dramas, a little more of the unpredictable in this otherwise predictable age. There's one thing, I'll certainly predict: If you watch this, you'll feel you've seen something interesting. That's quite unexpected in itself, these days.


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