Tales of the Unexpected

Season 2 Episode 3

Galloping Foxley

Aired Unknown Mar 15, 1980 on ITV
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Galloping Foxley
After more than sixty years, William Perkins is still haunted by memories of being bullied at an English boarding school. Then, one day, he is annoyed by a swaggering passenger on a train and is sure he recognizes him as Foxley, the school prefect who made his life so miserable, long ago. And Perkins makes a mistake.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • The late Sir John Mills was one of the biggest British movie stars of his generation and worked on into his nineties. He received an Oscar for his role as the idiot in Ryan's Daughter (1970).

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Roald Dahl: In 1929, when I was thirteen, I was sent to a famous English boarding school for boys. In those days, life was pretty brutal at schools like these. And you won't believe this, but even now, fifty years later, if I sit for too long on a hard chair, I begin to feel my heart beating along the old wounds on my bottom where I was flogged. "Do you want six with your dressing gown on or four with it off?" the prefects used to say to us down there in the changing room late at night. This is a story about those school days of mine, and for once I have not made anything up. It's all true.

      • Perkins: My name is Perkins, William Perkins, and I was at Repton in 1907.
        Stranger: I'm glad to meet you. Mine's Fortescue, Jocelyn Fortescue, Eton, 1916.

    • NOTES (2)

      • This episode is based on Roald Dahl's story Galloping Foxley, first published in Town & Country magazine in November 1953.

      • For Sir John Mills, playing the part of Perkins, the edges of fact and fiction became more than a little blurred. He had an almost equally miserable time at a school in Norfolk in the 1920s - and Galloping Foxley was filmed a few miles from his own old school. "This is my story," he later commented.

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