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Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988)



Tales of the Unexpected

(1979-1988)

Anthology / Science Fiction

50 minutes

Hosted by Roald Dahl

Tales of the Unexpected is a long running British television series that focuses on telling stories with an unexpected twist ending. Most of the stories are based on a series of anthologies by Roald Dahl. 

Notable stars appearing in episodes of the program include Brian Blessed, Joan Collins, Joseph Cotten, Cyril Cusack, John Gielgud, Julie Harris, Wendy Hiller, Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Derek Jacobi, Janet Leigh, Siobhán McKenna, John Mills, Anna Neagle, Elaine Stritch, Andrew Ray, Rod Taylor, and Timothy West.

Dahl also created an almost identical series for American audiences called Way Out.

112 Episodes aired from March 24, 1979 to May 13, 1988

 
Season One
 
1.      Man From the South 3/24/1979

2.      Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat 3/31/1979

3.      William and Mary 4/7/1979
 
4.      Lamb to the Slaughter 4/14/1979

5.      The Landlady 4/21/1979

6.      Neck 4/28/1979

7.      Edward the Conqueror 5/5/1979

8.      A Dip in the Pool 5/12/1979

9.      The Way Up to Heaven 5/19/1979

Season Two
 
10.     Royal Jelly 3/1/1980

11.     Skin 3/8/1980

12.     Galloping Foxley 3/15/1980
 
13.     The Hitch-hiker 3/22/1980

14.     Poison 3/29/1980

15.     Fat Chance 4/5/1980

16.     Taste 4/12/1980

17.     My Lady Love, My Dove 4/19/1980

18.     Georgy Porgy 4/26/1980
 
19.     Depart in Peace 5/3/1980

20.     The Umbrella Man 5/10/1980

21.     Genesis and Catastrophe 5/17/1980

22.     Mr Botibol's First Love 5/24/1980

23.     Back for Christmas 5/31/1980
 
24.     The Orderly World of Mr Appleby 6/7/1980

25.     The Man at the Top 6/14/1980

Season Three
 
26.     The Flypaper 8/9/1980
 
27.     A Picture of a Place 8/16/1980

28.     Proof of Guilt 8/23/1980

29.     Vengeance is Mine Inc. 8/30/1980

30.     A Girl Can't Always Have Everything 11/9/1980

31.     Parson's Pleasure 11/30/1980
 
32.     The Stinker 12/7/1980

33.     I'll be Seeing You 12/14/1980

34.     The Party 12/19/1980

Season Four
 
35.     Would you Believe it? 4/5/1981
 
36.     Vicious Circle 4/12/1981

37.     The Boy Who Talked with Animals 4/19/1981

38.     The Best of Everything 4/26/1981

39.     A Woman 's Help 5/3/1981

40.     Shatterproof 5/10/1981
 
41.     The Sound Machine 5/17/1981

42.     Never Speak Ill of the Dead 5/24/1981

43.     The Best Policy 5/31/1981

44.     The Last Bottle in the World 6/7/1981

45.     Kindly Dig Your Grave 6/14/1981
 
46.     Completely Foolproof 6/21/1981

47.     There's One Born Every Minute 6/5/1981

48.     Bosom Friends 6/12/1981

49.     A Glowing Future 7/19/1981

50.     The Way to Do it 7/26/1981
 
51.     Hijack 12/26/1981

Season Five
 
52.     Blue Marigold 4/25/1982

53.     The Eavesdropper 5/2/1982

54.     Operation Safecrack 5/9/1982
 
55.     Run, Rabbit, Run 5/16/1982

56.     Stranger in Town 5/23/1982

57.     The Moles 5/30/1982

58.     Decoy 6/6/1982

59.     Pattern of Guilt 6/13/1982

60.     A Harmless Vanity 6/20/1982
 
61.     Death Can Add 6/27/1982

62.     Light Fingers 7/4/1982

63.     Death in the Morning 7/11/1982

64.     What Have you Been up to Lately? 7/18/1982

65.     The Absence of Emily 7/25/1982
 
66.     In the Bag 8/1/1982

67.     A Man with a Fortune 8/8/1982

68.     Who's Got the Lady? 8/15/1982

69.     The Skeleton Key 8/22/1982

Season Six
 
70.     A Passing Opportunity 4/9/1983

71.     The Memory Man 4/16/1983

72.     A Sad Loss 4/23/1983

73.     Clerical Error 3/30/1983

74.     Heir Presumptuous 5/7/1983
 
75.     Where's Your Sense of Humour? 4/14/1983

76.     Down Among the Sheltering Palms 5/21/1983

77.     The Vorpal Blade 5/28/1983

78.     The Wrong 'Un 6/11/1983

79.     The Luncheon 6/19/1983
 
80.     The Tribute 6/25/1983

81.     Hit and Run 5/10/1983

82.     Youth from Vienna 7/2/1983

83.     Turn of the Tide 9/3/1983

Season Seven
 
84.     The Dirty Detail 5/12/1984

85.     The Best Chess Player in the World 5/19/1984

86.     Proxy 5/26/1984

87.     Have a Nice Death 6/2/1984

88.     Number Eight 6/9/1984
 
89.     The Last of the Midnight Gardeners 6/16/1984

90.     The Gift of Beauty 6/30/1984

91.     Wet Saturday 7/7/1984

92.     Sauce for the Goose 7/21/1984

93.     Bird of Prey 8/4/1984
 
94.     I Like it Here in Wilmington 8/8/1984

95.     Accidental Death 8/19/1984

96.     The Reconciliation 9/16/1984

97.     The Mugger 10/14/1984

98.     The Open Window 10/21/1984

Season Eight
 
99.     People Don't Do Such Things 3/30/1985

100.    In the Cards 7/14/1985

101.    Nothin' Short of Highway Robbery 7/21/1985
 
102.    Scrimshaw 7/28/1985

Season Nine
 
103.    Skeleton in the Cupboard 12/18/1987

104.    The Colonel's Lady 1/8/1988

105.    The Surgeon 1/15/1988

106.    The Verger 1/22/1988

107.    The Facts of Life 1/29/1988

108.    Wink Three Times 4/15/1988

109.    The Dead Don't Steal 4/22/1988

110.    The Finger of Suspicion 4/29/1988

111.    A Time to Die 5/6/1988

112.    Mr. Know-All 5/13/1988




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