Tales of the Unexpected

ITV (ended 1988)


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Episode Guide

  • Season 9
    • Mr Know-All
      Mr Know-All
      Episode 10
      Pretty medical student Elly Somerton is working as a hotel chambermaid and falls for a guest at the hotel, Professor Max Kelada. Kelada is a well-known archaeologist with a profitable sideline in identifying ancient artefacts, and he faces a dilemma when he is asked to identify a fake relic he designed himself.

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    • A Time to Die
      A Time to Die
      Episode 9

      Yves Drouard is a romantic French electronics expert whose love life has become rather too complicated. His marriage to Marthe has cooled, and his young mistress, Violette, has announced that she is pregnant. Yves is forced into a decision - but something he failed to foresee leads to an outcome he did not reckon on at all.


    • The Finger of Suspicion
      American safe-cracker Steve Baker is married to a beautiful Arab, and they are leading an idyllic life together in a Middle Eastern country - but then Steve is threatened with extradition for a crime he says he didn't commit.

    • The Dead Don't Steal
      Secretary Lilian Brett is having an affair with her boss Ken Johnson, and his wife Annie is angry about it. Then Lillian says she wants to end their affair, as she has found someone else, and Ken does something he didn't mean to do.

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    • Wink Three Times
      Wink Three Times
      Episode 6

      Jeremy Tyler, a timid provincial solicitor, is visiting a smart London hotel on a business trip and becomes embroiled in a curious case of mistaken identity.

      Babs Colport has arranged a blind date through a dating agency. Jeremy, looking for female company, tries to seduce her.

    • The Facts of Life
      Nicholas Lillie is an inexperienced young man who lives in a remote rural area, and he is constantly held back by his parents. But Nicholas is a keen amateur fencer, and he qualifies for a national fencing contest which is to be held in London. When Nicholas travels up to the bright lights, he gets caught up in a very strange adventure.moreless
    • The Verger
      The Verger
      Episode 4
      Albert and Milly Dobson have given sixteen years of devoted service to their parish church, but then a new Vicar arrives who does not like the old ways and who has little time for the Dobsons. After some radical changes, a secret which Albert has hidden for years comes out and causes consternation. In defiance, the couple set out to build a new life. Of course, God moves in mysterious ways.moreless
    • The Surgeon
      The Surgeon
      Episode 3
      Robert Sandy is an Oxford doctor, and one day a grateful patient - a Saudi Arabian prince - gives him a huge diamond. Robert and his wife Betty find that their new jewel, if they keep it, is really more of a liability than an asset.
    • The Colonel's Lady
      Eve, the wife of Colonel George Peregrine, writes a book of love poems which is a huge success. Eve is soon in demand everywhere, but her book seems to include revelations about her love life, and it has a disastrous effect on her marriage. The colonel is anxious to find out the identity of the young man Eve's poems were addressed to - and when she tells him, the truth hits hard.moreless
    • Skeleton in the Cupboard
      Robert Smythe is a ruthless executive who has a dangerous twenty-year-old secret - one which even his wife, Margaret, knows nothing about. Then an echo from the past prompts Robert into a new cover-up of the truth, and Margaret starts to become suspicious. So Robert reverts to type and tries a ruthless remedy.moreless
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