Tales of the Unexpected

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Tales of the Unexpected

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Welcome to the TV.com guide to Tales of the Unexpected. This collection of twist-in-the-tail stories of suspense, horror and black comedy (in the early seasons, all by Roald Dahl) was filmed by Anglia Television, a regional production company in the East of England. Each episode stands alone and has its own cast, and for two seasons each was introduced by Dahl himself from a fireside arm-chair. He took a back seat when most of the stories coming forward were based on the work of other writers. Tales of the Unexpected was an instant hit. It ran for nearly ten years, clocking up a total of 112 episodes, and in the UK it is still being repeated. Anglia sold the series to more than eighty other countries, and all episodes are now available on DVD as well as VHS.

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

Presenter (1979-1980)

John Houseman

John Houseman

Presenter (1980-1984)

Karen Standley

Karen Standley

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  • hitchcock presents a rip off

    5.5
    basically a rip off of alfred hitchcock presents
  • Tales of the Unexpected looks old-fashioned now, but that is part of its charm. After twenty years or more, it's still around on channels in many parts of the world: a tribute to Roald Dahl and the other writers and producers of this major show of suspensmoreless

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    Tales of the Unexpected looks very old-fashioned now, but that is all part of its charm. After twenty years or more, it's still around on channels in many parts of the world: a tribute to Roald Dahl and the other writers and producers of this major show of suspense and mystery.



    All of the early episodes were based on stories by Roald Dahl himself. As the years went by, original stories by a host of other 'twist-in-the-tail' writers were used, but they were always substantially re-worked by the producers at Anglia. Not only were the names of characters changed, sometimes even the plot itself was recast.



    Tales of the Unexpected is out there on DVD as well as VHS video-tape, so it's going to be around for anyone who wants it for a long time to come. Classic show, period piece, well worth keeping around.moreless
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