Tales of the Unexpected - The Complete Series [DVD]
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Every episode from Series 1-9 of Roald Dahl's chillingly twisted drama series. Sinister and with a more than a touch of the macabre, every episode has a core of black humour and a delicious twist to its tale. Episodes comprise: 'Man from the South', 'Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat', 'William and Mary', 'Lamb to the Slaughter', 'The Landlady', 'Neck', 'Edward the Conqueror', 'A Dip in the Pool', 'The Way Up to Heaven', 'Royal Jelly', 'Skin', 'Galloping Foxley', 'The Hitch-hiker', 'Poison', 'Fat Chance', 'Taste', 'My Lady Love, My Dove', 'Georgy Porgy', 'Depart in Peace', 'The Umbrella Man', 'Genesis and Catastrophe', 'Mr Botibol's First Love', 'Back for Christmas', 'The Orderly World of Mr Appleby', 'The Man at the Top', 'The Flypaper', 'A Picture of a Place', 'Proof of Guilt', 'Vengeance Is Mine Inc.', 'A Girl Can't Always Have Everything', 'Parson's Pleasure', 'The Stinker', 'I'll Be Seeing You', 'The Party', 'Would You Believe It?', 'Vicious Circle', 'The Boy Who Talked With Animals', 'The Best of Everything', 'A Woman's Help', 'Shatterproof', 'The Sound Machine', 'Never Speak Ill of the Dead', 'The Best Policy', 'The Last Bottle in the World', 'Kindly Dig Your Grave', 'Completely Foolproof', 'There's One Born Every Minute', 'Bosom Friends', 'A Glowing Future', 'The Way to Do it', 'Hijack', 'Blue Marigold', 'The Eavesdropper', 'Operation Safecrack', 'Run, Rabbit, Run', 'Stranger in Town', 'The Moles', 'Decoy', 'Pattern of Guilt', 'A Harmless Vanity', 'Death Can Add', 'Light Fingers', 'Death in the Morning', 'What Have You Been Up to Lately?', 'The Absence of Emily', 'In the Bag', 'A Man With a Fortune', 'Who's Got the Lady?', 'The Skeleton Key', 'A Passing Opportunity', 'The Memory Man', 'A Sad Loss', 'Clerical Error', 'Heir Presumptuous', 'Where's Your Sense of Humour?', 'Down Among the Sheltering Palms', 'The Vorpal Blade', 'The Wrong 'Un', 'The Luncheon', 'The Tribute', 'Hit and Run', 'Youth from Vienna', 'Turn of the Tide', 'The Dirty Detail', 'The Best Chess Player in the World', 'Proxy', 'Have a Nice Death', 'Number Eight', 'The Last of the Midnight Gardeners', 'The Gift of Beauty', 'Wet Saturday', 'Sauce for the Goose', 'Bird of Prey', 'I Like It Here in Wilmington', 'Accidental Death', 'The Reconciliation', 'The Mugger', 'The Open Window', 'People Don't Do Such Things', 'In the Cards', 'Nothin' Short of Highway Robbery', 'Scrimshaw', 'Skeleton in the Cupboard', 'The Colonel's Lady', 'The Surgeon', 'The Verger', 'The Facts of Life', 'Wink Three Times', 'The Dead Don't Steal', 'The Finger of Suspicion', 'A Time to Die' and 'Mr Know-All'.
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Produced by Anglia Television in, er, Norwich, Tales of the Unexpected clocked up a total of 112 "tales with a twist" over its nine year run, and every single one of them is crammed into this DVD boxset.
So what was so good about this show? I'd argue that when at their best, these seemingly innocuous little plays had twists which were so damn wierd that they'd be burnt into your brain for the rest of your life. We're not talking visceral gore and horror, nor lurid sex and violence, no breakneck car chases or edge-of-the-seat tension: it's more often a case of rather normal little situations which over the course of half an hour somehow manage to slip sideways from the world the ordinary into the world of the bizarre, almost without you noticing, until suddenly the twist at the end shocks you awake again and you're left reeling! And as you reel, the wonderful little theme tune dances around you (penned by Ron Grainer of Doctor Who fame, no less).
Most of the early ones were written (and also introduced on screen) by Roald Dahl, whose slightly unsane imagination we ultimately have to thank for the series' delights. Of course, many different other writers supplied stories as the years went on, not all of them quite of the same calibre - occasionally we seem to be watching Tales of the Bleedin' Obvious instead :) but overall the show keeps delivering.Read more ›
This DVD box set of all 112 episodes includes over 20 which were never shown in the United Kingdom, having been made and produced in the United States. Some of the best episodes are in this category, including such stars as George Peppard, Sharon Gless and Joan Hackett. However, all episodes of the usual 28 minute run feature acting and production values which will never be approached in the 'reality-ridden' content which masquerades as Television nowadays. In the first 2 series, introduced by Roald Dahl, much of his own work is used. Later series involve a wide range of other authors of the weird and horrific such as Angela Carter and W.W.Jacobs. The quality of the acting is of the highest order with such thespians as Sir John Gielgud and Sir John Mills amongst many others.
A word of warning. Do not watch this in large doses. Look on it as you would a collection of short stories. Sip carefully over a long period of time, to extract the best from this unique box set. It will never be available again.
A stellar cast from stage, film and TV, including Sir John Gielgud, Peter Bowles, Denholm Elliot, Joan Greenwood and Sian Phillips all make guest appearances. The series hits the ground running, with the tense opener "Man From The South", in which a young sailor accepts an highly unusual wager.
Sir John Mills stars in "Galloping Foxley", playing a commuter whose daily routine is disturbed by the arrival of a new face on the train, a face which evokes painful memories of being bullied as a pupil at a public school.
Elaine Stritch enjoys herself in the delicious black comedy "William And Mary", as the long-suffering wife of a dictatorial husband who "keeps an eye" on her from beyond the grave. Fans of the earlier "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" may experience a feeling of Deja vu, with some of the stories having been recycled from that series, an example being "Lamb To The Slaughter", a domestic murder tale starring Susan George and Brian Blessed.
The series also boasts a number of American actors, including Gloria Grahame, George Peppard, Sharon Gless, and Stuart Whitman to name but a few. Gary Burghoff (Radar from M.A.S.H.) stars in "The Best Policy", a humorous little tale about a newly-promoted bank manager, an extremely honest man who finds himself accused of embezzlement.Read more ›
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I haven't watched the entire set yet - as there are over 100 episodes, that may take a while - but it's a pleasure to revisit this series from the 1980s. Read morePublished 13 days ago by S. Hapgood
Perfect, incl. the lovely theme tune and silloette of woman dancing while the credits roll. You will need to set your t.v. Read morePublished 13 days ago by gonky
I have had this DVD for years, and really enjoy it. All the episodes are there, including two of my favourites "Lamb to the Slaughter" where the murderer uses a leg of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Greg Chapman
Yet another tv programme ,l remember better than it actually is , it was good tv at thetime late 70,s/early 80,s ,it was nice to see actors l actually know , its mini stories... Read morePublished 4 months ago by julie sayers
It was a mixed bag at best. Some great episodes but some awful ones as well.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very good box set with some amazing short storys.
Highly recommended entertainment.