Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)

TV Series   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Horror


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Dramatizations of many Roald Dahl short stories.

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7.8/10
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  • Susan George and Michael Byrne in Tales of the Unexpected (1979)
  • Joseph Cotten and Wendy Hiller in Tales of the Unexpected (1979)
  • Julie Harris and Michael Hordern in Tales of the Unexpected (1979)
  • Siobhan McKenna in Tales of the Unexpected (1979)

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8 February 2016 | Sleepin_Dragon
8
| A series which evokes so many different thoughts and emotions.
One of those Series that is very difficult to review as a whole, largely due to the vast degree in quality between the episodes, on the whole though I'd say I love Tales of the Unexpected, it's a unique series, one millions remember very fondly, for good reason.

I always preferred the introductions when Roald Dahl was sat in his chair, he added to the sense of Theatre in his own inimitable style.

Fair to say the earlier Series were a better standard then the later ones, at the end they became a little sad and repetitive. The 'twist' was always the best bit, and in the first few series, the twists were big.

Highlights include Lamb to the Slaughter, Fat Chance, The way up to Heaven and Royal Jelly, but it's fair to say that the out and out best episode of the entire Series, is the opener to the third run, The Flypaper, truly one of the nastiest, most horrifying pieces of television ever made, even to this day it's intensely disturbing.

Is that possibly the most iconic set of opening credits and music ever put together, instantly recognisable, impossible to forget, I wonder the mix of emotions that tune creates for people.

No wonder Tales ran for nine years, a great series. 8/10

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