Tales of the Unexpected

(1979–88)

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| TV Programme | United Kingdom | Colour | Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
| Stars: Roald Dahl, John Mills, Rachel Kempson
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Star-studded sinister and amusing stories, each with a twist in the tale, created by Roald Dahl

Featured series cast

(81)
Roald Dahl
7 episodes
Himself – Introduced by
Screenshot from the 1980 ‘Galloping Foxley’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (1) featuring John Mills
3 episodes
Sam Morrissey / The Man / William Perkins
Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) | Bosom Friends screenshot (6) | Rachel Kempson
Rachel Kempson
1 episode
Nell Bridges
Ian Holm
1 episode
Alan Corwin
Joss Ackland
1 episode
Colonel George Peregrine
Glamorous British film star Phyllis Calvert wears a shawl as she smokes a cigarette.  A 1940s studio publicity photo for Madonna of the Seven Moons (1945).
1 episode
Mabel Ince
British actor, John Gielgud, a GB star
2 episodes
Cyril Boggis / Jelks
Julie Harris
1 episode
Mrs Foster
Michael Harbour
1 episode
Oliver Platt
Pauline Collins
1 episode
Eve Peregrine
Joan Collins, English actress, wears a beret
Joan Collins
1 episode
Natalia Turton
Andrew Ray
1 episode
Harry Pope
David Healy
1 episode
Jack Harrison
Screenshot from the 1981 ‘Bosom Friends’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (5) featuring Joan Greenwood
1 episode
Emma Adkins
British actress Wendy Hiller in a photograph from Carol Reed’s 1951 film, Outcast of the Islands
1 episode
Louisa
Anna Neagle, British actress, in a publicity photo wears a pearl necklace and a black dress
1 episode
Fanny Soane
British actor, Roland Culver
2 episodes
Mr Foster / Sir Alex Bullen
Screenshot from the 1980 ‘Galloping Foxley’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (2) featuring Anthony Steel
2 episodes
‘Timber’ / The Stranger
Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) | Bosom Friends screenshot (4) | Nat Jackley
Nat Jackley
1 episode
Mr Deacon
Joseph Cotten
1 episode
Edward
Carol Leader
1 episode
Daphne
Michael Aldridge
1 episode
Sir Basil Turton
Bernard Miles
1 episode
Mr Rummins
June Ritchie
1 episode
Jenny Morrissey
Sheila Burrell
1 episode
Lady Eleanor Benson
John Carson
1 episode
Arthur
Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) | Bosom Friends screenshot (7) | Aaron Shirley
Aaron Shirley
1 episode
Mr Brown
Angus MacKay
1 episode
Walker
Phil Brown
1 episode
F Milton Willis
Jan Francis
1 episode
Leila
Paul Williamson
1 episode
Harry, the Solicitor
Peter Bowles
1 episode
Major Haddock
Paul Spurrier
1 episode
Young William Perkins
Judy Geeson
1 episode
Sandra
Lee Montague
1 episode
Mr Storker
Edward Burnham
1 episode
Henry Bliss
Eleanor Bron
1 episode
Polly Knox
Michael Gambon
1 episode
Andrew
Patricia Browning
1 episode
Ward Sister
Jeremy Longhurst
1 episode
Car Driver
Geoffrey Chater
1 episode
James Hamilton
Gareth Thomas
1 episode
Telfer
Paul Herzberg
1 episode
John Bannister
Jonathan Scott-Taylor
1 episode
Young Bruce Foxley
Saeed Jaffrey
1 episode
Dr Kunzru
Godfrey James
1 episode
Claud
David Hanson
1 episode
Winford Stark
Brian Tipping
1 episode
Head Waiter
Jennifer Hilary
1 episode
Wendy
Anthony Bailey
1 episode
Arthur
Frank Gatliff
1 episode
Thomas Keyes
John Horsley
1 episode
Giles Rowley
Carmen Silvera
1 episode
Carmen La Rosa
Anthony Woodruff
1 episode
Housemaster
Harry Jones
1 episode
Bert Rummins
Jason Norman
1 episode
Billy Thompson
Stuart Turton
1 episode
Wine Waiter
John Rees
1 episode
Clerk
Julia Watson
1 episode
Maid
Rupert Frazer
1 episode
Basil Dashwood
Colin Thomas
1 episode
City Gent
Irlin Hall
1 episode
County Lady
Rachel Laurence
1 episode
Hilda
Michael Sheard
1 episode
Inspector
Brian Capron
1 episode
Airport Official
Allan Corduner
1 episode
Hatchard’s Bookshop Assistant
Guy Humphries
1 episode
Stamford
Roger Milner
1 episode
Mr Hawkins
Eliza Buckingham
1 episode
Reporter
Dulcie Huston
1 episode
Airline Hostess
Anna Nicholas
1 episode
Irina Stefanopoulos
Clifford Abrahams
1 episode
Schoolboy
Virginia Clay
1 episode
Housekeeper
Nick Diprose
1 episode
Studio Personnel
Kate Emma Davies
1 episode
Clio Stefanopoulos
Adrian Breeze
1 episode
Schoolboy
Richard Everett
1 episode
Studio Personnel
Dennis Matsuki
1 episode
Manservant
Timothy Breeze
1 episode
Schoolboy
Willow Wipp
1 episode
Maid
Wayne Brooks
1 episode
Schoolboy
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Film clips

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Main title from Tales of the Unexpected (1979)

Tales of the Unexpected (1979) Opening Credits

Date published

Main title from Tales of the Unexpected (1979).

Partial episode guide (12 episodes)

Season 1 (3 episodes)

  • Episode Episode title Transmitted
    1-6Neck28 Apr 79
    1-7Edward the Conqueror05 May 79
    1-9The Way Up to Heaven19 May 79
  • Season 2 (3 episodes)

  • Episode Episode title Transmitted
    2-2Galloping Foxley15 Mar 80
    2-5Poison29 Mar 80
    2-9The Umbrella Man10 May 80
  • Season 3 (1 episode)

  • Episode Episode title Transmitted
    3-6Parson’s Pleasure30 Nov 80
  • Season 4 (1 episode)

  • Episode Episode title Transmitted
    4-14Bosom Friends28 Jan 81
  • Season 5 (2 episodes)

  • Episode Episode title Transmitted
    5-3Operation Safecrack09 May 82
    5-10Death Can Add27 Jun 82
  • Season 6 (1 episode)

  • Episode Episode title Transmitted
    6-10The Tribute25 Jun 83
  • Season 9 (1 episode)

  • Episode Episode title Transmitted
    9-2The Colonel’s Lady08 Jan 88
  • Pictures

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    Screenshot from the 1981 ‘Bosom Friends’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (7) featuring Aaron Shirley
    Screenshot from the 1981 ‘Bosom Friends’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (6) featuring Rachel Kempson
    Screenshot from the 1981 ‘Bosom Friends’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (5) featuring Joan Greenwood
    Screenshot from the 1981 ‘Bosom Friends’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (4) featuring Nat Jackley
    Screenshot from the 1980 ‘Galloping Foxley’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (2) featuring Anthony Steel
    Screenshot from the 1980 ‘Galloping Foxley’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (1) featuring John Mills
    Main title from the 1980 ‘Galloping Foxley’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (4). Dramatized by Robin Chapman
    Main title from the 1980 ‘Galloping Foxley’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (3)
    Main title from the 1980 ‘Galloping Foxley’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (2). Anthony Steel
    Main title from the 1980 ‘Galloping Foxley’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (1). John Mills
    Main title from the 1980 ‘The Umbrella Man’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (5)
    Main title from the 1982 ‘Operation Safecrack’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (4). By Henry Slesar
    Main title from the 1980 ‘Poison’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88) (5)
    Main title from the 1980 ‘Parson’s Pleasure’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88) (4)
    Opening credits from the 1983 ‘The Tribute’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (6). By Jane Gardam
    Opening credits from the 1983 ‘The Tribute’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (5). Phyllis Calvert
    Opening credits from the 1983 ‘The Tribute’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (4). Sheila Burrell
    Opening credits from the 1983 ‘The Tribute’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (3). Eleanor Bron
    Opening credits from the 1983 ‘The Tribute’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (2). Anna Neagle
    Main title from the 1979 ‘Neck’ episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988) (5)
    Main title from the 1982 episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88), The Colonel’s Lady (1982) opening credits (4). By W Somerset Maugham
    Main title from the 1982 episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88), Death Can Add (1982) opening credits (7). With Jan Francis Geoffrey Chater
    Main title from the 1982 episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88), Death Can Add (1982) opening credits (6). Dramatized by Johnny Byrne
    Main title from the 1982 episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88), Death Can Add (1982) opening credits (5). By Philip Ketchum
    Main title from the 1982 episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88), Death Can Add (1982) opening credits (4). Roland Culver
    Main title from the 1982 episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88), Death Can Add (1982) opening credits (3). Michael N Harbour
    Main title from the 1982 episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88), Death Can Add (1982) opening credits (2). Ian Holm
    Main title from the 1982 episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88), Death Can Add (1982) opening credits (1)
    Main title from the 1979 episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88), Edward the Conqueror (3).  Joseph Cotton
    Main title from the 1979 episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88), Edward the Conqueror (2).  Joseph Cotton
    Main title from the 1979 episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88), Edward the Conqueror (1).  Wendy Hiller
    Main title from the 1979 episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88), The Way Up to Heaven (1979) opening credits (3)
    Main title from the 1979 episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88), The Way Up to Heaven (1979) opening credits (3).  Roland Culver
    Main title from the 1979 episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88), The Way Up to Heaven (1979) opening credits (2).  Julie Harris
    Screenshot from the ‘Bosom Friends’ (1981) episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88) (3)
    Screenshot from the ‘Bosom Friends’ (1981) episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88) (2)
    Screenshot from the ‘Bosom Friends’ (1981) episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979-88) (1)
    Tales of the Unexpected DVD

    Production

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    John Rosenberg
    10 episodes
    Producer
    David Deutsch
    1 episode
    Producer
    Graham Evans
    4 episodes
    Director
    Simon Langton
    1 episode
    Director
    Rodney Bennett
    1 episode
    Director
    Barry Davis
    1 episode
    Director
    Christopher Miles
    1 episode
    Director
    Claude Whatham
    2 episodes
    Director
    John Bruce
    1 episode
    Director
    Alan Gibson
    1 episode
    Director
    Robin Chapman
    5 episodes
    Writer (dramatisation)
    Dana Lyon
    1 episode
    Writer (story)
    Roald Dahl
    7 episodes
    Writer (dramatisation) / Writer (story)
    Ronald Harwood
    4 episodes
    Writer (dramatisation)
    Johnny Byrne
    1 episode
    Writer (dramatisation)
    Philip Ketchum
    1 episode
    Writer (story)
    W Somerset Maugham
    1 episode
    Writer (story)
    Denis Cannan
    1 episode
    Writer (dramatisation)
    Henry Slesar
    1 episode
    Writer (story)
    Jane Gardam
    1 episode
    Writer (story)
    Alan Seymour
    1 episode
    Writer (dramatisation)

    Companies

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    Anglia Television
    Production company