Tales of the Unexpected

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| TV Programme | | United Kingdom | Colour | Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Stars: Roald Dahl, John Mills, Rachel Kempson

Star-studded sinister and amusing stories, each with a twist in the tale, created by Roald Dahl

Partial episode guide (11)

Season 1 (3 episodes)

Season 2 (2 episodes)

Season 3 (1 episode)

Season 4 (1 episode)

Season 5 (2 episodes)

Season 6 (1 episode)

Season 9 (1 episode)

Featured cast (76)

Roald Dahl
6 episodes
Himself – Introduced by
British actor John Mills wears a jacket and tie 2 episodes
William Perkins
Rachel Kempson
Nell Bridges
Ian Holm
Alan Corwin
Joss Ackland
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).
Mabel Ince
British actor, John Gielgud, a GB star 2 episodes
Jelks
Julie Harris
Mrs Foster
Michael Harbour
Oliver Platt
Pauline Collins
Eve Peregrine
Joan Collins
Natalia Turton
Andrew Ray
Harry Pope
David Healy
Jack Harrison
A new picture of the talented and lovely British actress Joan Greenwood under contract to the J. Arthur Rank Organisation.
Emma Adkins
British actress Wendy Hiller in a photograph from Carol Reed’s 1951 film, Outcast of the Islands
Louisa
Anna Neagle, British actress, in a publicity photo wears a pearl necklace and a black dress
Fanny Soane
British actor, Roland Culver 2 episodes
Mr Foster
Handsome British film star Anthony Steel, as he appears in the role of Mark Loring, in the new Raymond Stross production, A Question of Adultery (1958), and in which he co-stars with Julie London.  The film was directed by Don Chaffey and will be released by Eros Films Ltd. 2 episodes
The Stranger
Nat Jackley
Mr Deacon
Joseph Cotten
Edward
Carol Leader
Daphne
Michael Aldridge
Sir Basil Turton
Bernard Miles
Mr Rummins
June Ritchie
Jenny Morrissey
Sheila Burrell
Lady Eleanor Benson
Aaron Shirley
Mr Brown
Angus MacKay
Walker
Phil Brown
F Milton Willis
Jan Francis
Leila
Paul Williamson
Harry, the Solicitor
Peter Bowles
Major Haddock
Paul Spurrier
Young William Perkins
Judy Geeson
Sandra
Lee Montague
Mr Storker
Edward Burnham
Henry Bliss
Eleanor Bron
Polly Knox
Patricia Browning
Ward Sister
Jeremy Longhurst
Car Driver
Geoffrey Chater
James Hamilton
Gareth Thomas
Telfer
Paul Herzberg
John Bannister
Jonathan Scott-Taylor
Young Bruce Foxley
Saeed Jaffrey
Dr Kunzru
Godfrey James
Claud
David Hanson
Winford Stark
Brian Tipping
Head Waiter
Anthony Bailey
Arthur
Frank Gatliff
Thomas Keyes
John Horsley
Giles Rowley
Carmen Silvera
Carmen La Rosa
Anthony Woodruff
Housemaster
Harry Jones
Bert Rummins
Jason Norman
Billy Thompson
Stuart Turton
Wine Waiter
Julia Watson
Maid
Rupert Frazer
Basil Dashwood
Colin Thomas
City Gent
Irlin Hall
County Lady
Rachel Laurence
Hilda
Brian Capron
Airport Official
Allan Corduner
Hatchard’s Bookshop Assistant
Guy Humphries
Stamford
Roger Milner
Mr Hawkins
Eliza Buckingham
Reporter
Dulcie Huston
Airline Hostess
Anna Nicholas
Irina Stefanopoulos
Clifford Abrahams
Schoolboy
Virginia Clay
Housekeeper
Nick Diprose
Studio Personnel
Kate Emma Davies
Clio Stefanopoulos
Adrian Breeze
Schoolboy
Richard Everett
Studio Personnel
Dennis Matsuki
Manservant
Timothy Breeze
Schoolboy
Willow Wipp
Maid
Wayne Brooks
Schoolboy
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Series director

Graham Evans
4 episodes
Simon Langton
1 episode
Rodney Bennett
1 episode
Barry Davis
1 episode
Christopher Miles
1 episode
Claude Whatham
1 episode
John Bruce
1 episode
Alan Gibson
1 episode

Series producer

John Rosenberg
9 episodes
David Deutsch
1 episode

Series writer

Robin Chapman
(dramatisation) 5 episodes
Dana Lyon
(story) 1 episode
Roald Dahl
(dramatisation) 6 episodes
Ronald Harwood
(dramatisation) 3 episodes
Johnny Byrne
(dramatisation) 1 episode
Philip Ketchum
(story) 1 episode
W Somerset Maugham
(story) 1 episode
Denis Cannan
(dramatisation) 1 episode
Henry Slesar
(story) 1 episode
Jane Gardam
(story) 1 episode
Alan Seymour
(dramatisation) 1 episode

Production company

Anglia Television
 

Pictures (24)

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)
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