Tales of the Unexpected

Tales of the Unexpected (1979)

  • Genre: Drama
  • Creator: Roald Dahl
  • First Air Date: 1979-03-24
  • Last Air Date: 1988-05-13
  • Total Seasons: 9
  • Total Episodes: 112
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 25 min.
  • Production Company: ITV
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Networks: ITV
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Tales of the Unexpected is a British television series which aired between 1979 and 1988. Each episode told a story, often with sinister and wryly comedic undertones, with an unexpected twist ending. Early episodes were based on short stories by Roald Dahl collected in the books Tales of the Unexpected, Kiss Kiss and Someone Like You. The series was made by Anglia Television for ITV with interior scenes recorded at their Norwich studios whilst location filming mainly occurred across East Anglia. The theme music for the series was written by composer Ron Grainer.

  • Keywords: anthology
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    Tales of the Unexpected Seasons

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1979-03-24
    9 Episodes

    Season 2

    First Air Date: 1980-03-01
    16 Episodes

    Season 3

    First Air Date: 1980-08-09
    9 Episodes

    Season 4

    First Air Date: 1981-04-05
    17 Episodes

    Season 5

    First Air Date: 1982-04-25
    18 Episodes

    Season 6

    First Air Date: 1983-04-09
    14 Episodes

    Season 7

    First Air Date: 1984-05-12
    15 Episodes

    Season 8

    First Air Date: 1985-03-30
    4 Episodes

    Season 9

    First Air Date: 1987-12-18
    10 Episodes

    Tales of the Unexpected Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1Man from the South25 min
    Season 1Episode 2Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat25 min
    Season 1Episode 3William and Mary25 min
    Season 1Episode 4Lamb to the Slaughter25 min
    Season 1Episode 5The Landlady25 min
    Season 1Episode 6Neck25 min
    Season 1Episode 7Edward the Conqueror25 min
    Season 1Episode 8A Dip in the Pool25 min
    Season 1Episode 9The Way Up to Heaven25 min
    Season 2Episode 1Royal Jelly25 min
    Season 2Episode 2Skin25 min
    Season 2Episode 3Galloping Foxley25 min
    Season 2Episode 4The Hitch-hiker25 min
    Season 2Episode 5Poison25 min
    Season 2Episode 6Fat Chance25 min
    Season 2Episode 7Taste25 min
    Season 2Episode 8My Lady Love, My Dove25 min
    Season 2Episode 9Georgy Porgy25 min
    Season 2Episode 10Depart in Peace25 min
    Season 2Episode 11The Umbrella Man25 min
    Season 2Episode 12Genesis and Catastrophe25 min
    Season 2Episode 13Mr. Botibol's First Love25 min
    Season 2Episode 14Back for Christmas25 min
    Season 2Episode 15The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby25 min
    Season 2Episode 16The Man at the Top25 min
    Season 3Episode 1The Flypaper25 min
    Season 3Episode 2A Picture of a Place25 min
    Season 3Episode 3Proof of Guilt25 min
    Season 3Episode 4Vengeance is Mine Inc.25 min
    Season 3Episode 5A Girl Can't Always Have Everything25 min
    Season 3Episode 6Parson's Pleasure25 min
    Season 3Episode 7The Stinker25 min
    Season 3Episode 8I'll Be Seeing You25 min
    Season 3Episode 9The Party25 min
    Season 4Episode 1Would You Believe it?25 min
    Season 4Episode 2Vicious Circle25 min
    Season 4Episode 3The Boy Who Talked with Animals25 min
    Season 4Episode 4The Best of Everything25 min
    Season 4Episode 5A Woman's Help25 min
    Season 4Episode 6Shatterproof25 min
    Season 4Episode 7The Sound Machine25 min
    Season 4Episode 8Never Speak Ill of the Dead25 min
    Season 4Episode 9The Best Policy25 min
    Season 4Episode 10The Last Bottle in the World25 min
    Season 4Episode 11Kindly Dig Your Grave25 min
    Season 4Episode 12Completely Foolproof25 min
    Season 4Episode 13There's One Born Every Minute25 min
    Season 4Episode 14Bosom Friends25 min
    Season 4Episode 15A Glowing Future25 min
    Season 4Episode 16The Way to Do It25 min
    Season 4Episode 17Hijack25 min
    Season 5Episode 1Blue Marigold25 min
    Season 5Episode 2The Eavesdropper25 min
    Season 5Episode 3Operation Safecrack25 min
    Season 5Episode 4Run, Rabbit, Run25 min
    Season 5Episode 5Stranger in Town25 min
    Season 5Episode 6The Moles25 min
    Season 5Episode 7Decoy25 min
    Season 5Episode 8Pattern of Guilt25 min
    Season 5Episode 9A Harmless Vanity25 min
    Season 5Episode 10Death Can Add25 min
    Season 5Episode 11Light Fingers25 min
    Season 5Episode 12Death in the Morning25 min
    Season 5Episode 13What Have You Been Up to Lately?25 min
    Season 5Episode 14The Absence of Emily25 min
    Season 5Episode 15In the Bag25 min
    Season 5Episode 16A Man with a Fortune25 min
    Season 5Episode 17Who's Got the Lady?25 min
    Season 5Episode 18The Skeleton Key25 min
    Season 6Episode 1A Passing Opportunity25 min
    Season 6Episode 2The Memory Man25 min
    Season 6Episode 3A Sad Loss25 min
    Season 6Episode 4Clerical Error25 min
    Season 6Episode 5Heir Presumptuous25 min
    Season 6Episode 6Where's Your Sense of Humour?25 min
    Season 6Episode 7Down Among the Sheltering Palms25 min
    Season 6Episode 8The Vorpal Blade25 min
    Season 6Episode 9The Wrong 'Un25 min
    Season 6Episode 10The Luncheon25 min
    Season 6Episode 11The Tribute25 min
    Season 6Episode 12Hit and Run25 min
    Season 6Episode 13Youth from Vienna25 min
    Season 6Episode 14Turn of the Tide25 min
    Season 7Episode 1The Dirty Detail25 min
    Season 7Episode 2The Best Chess Player in the World25 min
    Season 7Episode 3Proxy25 min
    Season 7Episode 4Have a Nice Death25 min
    Season 7Episode 5Number Eight25 min
    Season 7Episode 6The Last of the Midnight Gardeners25 min
    Season 7Episode 7The Gift of Beauty25 min
    Season 7Episode 8Wet Saturday25 min
    Season 7Episode 9Sauce for the Goose25 min
    Season 7Episode 10Bird of Prey25 min
    Season 7Episode 11I Like It Here in Wilmington25 min
    Season 7Episode 12Accidental Death25 min
    Season 7Episode 13The Reconciliation25 min
    Season 7Episode 14The Mugger25 min
    Season 7Episode 15The Open Window25 min
    Season 8Episode 1People Don't Do Such Things25 min
    Season 8Episode 2In the Cards25 min
    Season 8Episode 3Nothin' Short of Highway Robbery25 min
    Season 8Episode 4Scrimshaw25 min
    Season 9Episode 1Skeleton in the Cupboard25 min
    Season 9Episode 2The Colonel's Lady25 min
    Season 9Episode 3The Surgeon25 min
    Season 9Episode 4The Verger25 min
    Season 9Episode 5The Facts of Life25 min
    Season 9Episode 6Wink Three Times25 min
    Season 9Episode 7The Dead Don't Steal25 min
    Season 9Episode 8The Finger of Suspicion25 min
    Season 9Episode 9A Time to Die25 min
    Season 9Episode 10Mr. Know-All25 min