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This was the very last episode of Tales of the Unexpected to be produced. However, all one hundred and twelve programmes have been repeated many times since 1988 on a variety of U.K. channels, and the show is still watched around the world.
Roald Dahl gives a short voice-over introduction.
The 2002 season summary for this episode on the Granada Plus web site reads "Two men are locked in a room together and one is hot but there's no sign of a gun."
The story by Roald Dahl was published under the title of Nunc Dimittis, the first two words of a well-known canticle in the original Latin. The traditional English version of the first line is "Lord, now lettest Thou thy servant depart in peace." This seems to be an example of television's "dumbing down" habit.
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).
The feline Liszt was played by a male British Cream called Lulu. Unfortunately, Lulu swiftly attached himself to Joseph Cotten, showing little or no interest in wanting to know Wendy Hiller.
According to Jeremy Treglown's biography of Roald Dahl, he researched the science behind William and Mary to make the story as credible as possible.
The late Michael Hordern was one of the most prolific English actors and worked on well into his eighties. He is also remembered as the voice of the BBC's Paddington Bear stories.
Pamela Stephenson is an Australian actress who went on to star in Not the Nine O'Clock News.