Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
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Albert Dobson is a very good verger who has served the church for years. But when the modernising new vicar discovers Albert cannot read or write, he soon leaves him no choice but to resign... See full summary »

Director:

Rodney Bennett

Writers:

Denis Cannan, W. Somerset Maugham (original story)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Briers ... Albert Dobson
Patricia Routledge ... Milly Dobson
Andrew Burt Andrew Burt ... The Vicar
Rowland Davies Rowland Davies ... The Bank Manager
Geoffrey Chater ... The Magistrate
Bruce Boa ... Mr. Groober
Bradley Lavelle ... The Lawyer
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... The Health Inspector
Andrew Seear Andrew Seear ... Man in Teashop
Debbie Norris Debbie Norris ... First Waitress
Glenda Smith Glenda Smith ... Second Waitress
Garth Walker Garth Walker ... Café Owner
Mike Carnell Mike Carnell ... Passerby
Tony Kassell Tony Kassell ... Schoolboy
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Storyline

Albert Dobson is a very good verger who has served the church for years. But when the modernising new vicar discovers Albert cannot read or write, he soon leaves him no choice but to resign. Albert and his wife Milly face an impoverished unwanted retirement, until chance gives Albert the idea of opening a quality tea shop. But can they make a go of such a shop in a modern world that seems to have little patience for their old-fashioned approach? Written by Gazhack

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1988 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Anglia Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Brilliant, subtle, reserved and so very very clever.
5 July 2009 | by Davo-CCSee all my reviews

I've always enjoyed a story with a clever twist – it doesn't have to be a shocking one, it just has to be clever.

When it's been there all along, looking you in the face – and you never even realized it – this is clever writing. The Verger is, for me, the most memorable episode of the entire series in this regard.

It's a quiet, subtle, almost slow pace of extreme simplicity and modesty; indeed it's not trying to be anything more. But if one can stick with it through to the end of the story the way the twist is handled so very very clever – indeed I've actually found myself showing it to people who I thought could benefit from the simple yet poignant philosophical message, to me it's a story with real meaning to it and makes so much sense.

The characters are thoroughly believable and likable, while the evil-doers in it may seem a little contrived I think this is intentional so as to simply illustrate who they are and what they represent and not to take form the main story – to simply paint the ice-bergs in the sea as it were.

I'd highly recommend this to anyone who wants a simple, poignant and brilliantly clever story in a short and concise package, indeed it's by far the most memorable episode of this entire series for me and perhaps of my top 10 anywhere.


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