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The rot starts to set in
on 1 April 2011
A really average series, generally weak stories and a considerable departure from the heights of series one and two. Seventeen stories in all with maybe four or so half decent but nowhere near as good as stories from previous years.
Would You Believe It? - starts off well with this tale of two archaeologists who discover a valuable statue whilst excavating in the Middle East.
Vicious Circle - God, the acting in this was abysmal. I hate those posh stage school actors who play rough inner city 'yoof' repleat with black leather biker jacket and white t-shirt. Pointless story as well.
The Boy Who Talked With Animals - A turtle caught on the beach is freed due to the protestations of an empathic boys father. Not very good and silly overblown and misrepresented viciousness attributed to the turtle made this a daft excursion.
The Best of Everything - An ok story about a rather repressed man who goes too far out of desperation in keeping his beau in the lifestyle to which she has become accustomed. Not bad and at least had a satisfactory conclusion.
A Woman's Help - Average and generally uninteresting story of a philanderer who decides to polish off his ailing wife.
Shatterproof - Quite good. Set in America (1920's I think) concerns a hit man and his intended victim. Can the assassin be dissuaded from his deadly assignment?
The Sound Machine - Started off good but petered into nothingness. A man has invented a listening device which allows the user to hear the sounds of nature formerly indiscernable to human ears (plants screaming etc) Should have been much better but nice premise.
Never Speak Ill Of The Dead - Ridiculous set pieces and dialogue. Irritatingly hostile and intrusive questionning against a man by two friends of his because he is discovered concreting his cellar with his wife seemingly absent ruined this one.
The Best Policy - I drifted off so many times during this one that I can't provide a synopsis. Awful episode.
The Last Bottle In The World - The only bottle of its type in existence; a specifically chosen dinner party with an ulterior motive. A really incredulous sequence of events follows. not very good.
Kindly Dig Your Grave - A tight fisted gallery owner gets her come uppance by getting 'framed'; Contrived tosh.
Completely Foolproof - Ok. Another tale of marriage disharmony and hit men for hire. American based again with Telly Savalas as the disgruntled husband.
There's One Born Every Minute - Enough twists and turns to keep the interest levels functionning. Double dealing and dasterdly deeds in a property investment deal that goes sour.
Bosom Friends - Super performances by two old theatrical ladies. Friends and business don't mix in a story of freeloading, manipulation and tethers reached the end of. First class over the top acting here and a decent story.
A Glowing Future - Another charmless American set episode. A dumped woman finds it difficult to let go when her ex begins to pack his belongings for a life in Australia.
The Way To Do It - So-so. A guy with gambling problems, a rich aunt, an inheritence, paint by numbers stuff.
Hijack - Starring Susanne Danielle (whatever happened to her?) who unfortunately is barely in it as she is locked in an aircraft toilet for most of the duration. A hijacker wants parachutes and cash. Plot holes a plenty in this one but an ok watch.
Roald Dahl doesn't introduce any of these so they lose some gravitas from the offset. Combined with overtly more of a focus on the U.S market and less intriguing story lines I wouldn't actually recommend this series as a stand alone purchase. Only just scrapes three stars using averages but probably deserves two as for seventeen episodes hardly any rise above mediocre.