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Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988)

9 seasons
3,25 89 votes

Alternative title: Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected

State: Ended

Genre: Horror

Origin: United Kingdom

Developed by: Roald Dahl

Stars: Roald Dahl, Charles Dance and George Peppard

IMDb score: 7,6 (2.514)

Releasedate: Saturday 24 March 1979


This TV Show is not available on US streaming services.


Tales of the Unexpected plot

A collection of bizarre, scary and gritty stories by Roald Dahl. The stories are about murder, deceit and riddles, full of black humor and always with venom in their tail. Most episodes are based on short stories by Roald Dahl that were collected in his 'Tales of the Unexpected', 'Kiss Kiss' and 'Someone Like You'.

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  • 870 votes
Wednesday 19 April 2023
Tales of the Unexpected season 1

Roald Dahl was the master of the story with the surprising twist. Often it is about someone who devises a plan, but then gets the lid on the nose. Marriages are usually unhappy. There is refined humor in it, but often also a gruesome side.

These TV adaptations are introduced in a dry tone by the writer himself, with the shadow of the flickering fire on his face. Due to the limited budget, you should not expect a visual spectacle. There are beautiful locations to see, such as sunny Jamaica in the first episode. They are strong stories with pointed dialogues and great acting performances.

This first season immediately contains some highlights, mainly because they are based on the original stories from the 50s and 60s. The Landlady was also in Alfred Hitchcock Presents and shows similarities with [i]Psycho[/i ]. Famous faces include John Gielgud, Joseph Cotten, Brian Blessed, José Ferrer, Susan George, Joan Collins, Wendy Hiller and Pamela Stephenson. Ron Grainer's music could be coming from a barrel organ belonging to a street performer who tells stories.

Top 5 Best Episodes:
1. Lamb to the Slaughter
2. The Man From the South
3. Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat
4. William and Mary
5. A Dip in the Pool

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