Tales of the Unexpected

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  • Scrimshaw

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    S 8 : Ep 4 - 7/28/85

    Brenda is a lonely drifter living in the island paradise of Key West, Florida. She has no friends and drinks a lot to forget her tragic past. Then Brenda runs into Eric, a man she knew long ago in her college days, and suddenly life takes on new meaning. But what is Eric really after?moreless
  • Nothin' Short of Highway Robbery

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    S 8 : Ep 3 - 7/21/85

    A husband and wife, Newt and Marcie, plan to drive home across the desert. They pull into a remote garage to fill their tank, and while they are there Harry the mechanic takes a look at their car and tells them it urgently needs some expensive repairs. Harry suggests Newt and Marcie should have a meal in his wife's eating house while he gets on with the work. But are the travellers being taken for a ride?moreless
  • In the Cards

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    S 8 : Ep 2 - 7/14/85

    Madame Myra is a third-rate fortune teller who foresees a dim future for herself. And then she meets a stranger in town who shows her a way to do a whole lot better. What, though, is in it for him?moreless
  • People Don't Do Such Things

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    S 8 : Ep 1 - 3/30/85

    Reeve Baker is a successful young romantic novelist, and he lives life in the fast lane. Gwen Carter is the wife of Reeve's tax consultant and she falls for Reeve in a big way. Gwen's husband, Terence, knows all about Reeve and his ways with women, but his warnings to Gwen go unheeded. Terence is dismayed - but he knows what he wants next.moreless
  • The Open Window

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    S 7 : Ep 15 - 10/21/84

    The 'open window' of the title is in a hunting lodge in the Connecticut hills. A young fellow goes through it and finds a strange new world on the other side which does not look much like New England...

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  • The Mugger

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    S 7 : Ep 14 - 10/14/84

    Gerald Overton is an ambitious politician with the tough job of cracking violent crime. But a chance encounter with a beautiful woman at a dinner party leads him into a nightmare, and his whole career is threatened... Gerald surprises himself when he decides to take the law into his own hands.

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  • The Reconciliation

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    S 7 : Ep 13 - 9/16/84

    After ten years, James is fed up with his boring marriage, but his wife, Caroline, still loves him. As he walks out on her, she warns: "I'll never divorce you." James's lawyer advises him that the best way to avoid years of delay is to catch Caroline being unfaithful. So James hires a private eye to follow her for a whole day, up to midnight, with little hope that it will do him any good - and he gets a surprise.

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  • Accidental Death

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    S 7 : Ep 12 - 8/19/84

    Steve and Jane travel around England pretending to be market researchers for Silvertone Metal Polish. They con their way into people's houses to identify things worth stealing on a return visit. Then one day, in a hotel bar, they meet a scruffy old man called Percy. Local gossip has it that Percy is a rich miser with a hoard of money hidden in his tumble-down farmhouse, so Jane decides to call on him at home... But there is more to old Percy than meets the eye.moreless
  • Bird of Prey

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    S 7 : Ep 10 - 8/4/84

    This is the story of a parrot's egg - and a flirtatious wife and a jealous husband.

    Jack and Edna's pet parrot lays a huge egg - one much bigger than parrot-size - and promptly dies. Jack and Edna keep the egg warm, and it hatches into a menacing, black-feathered bird. Although it fails to talk, the new arrival soon begins keeping a close and disdainful eye on them... Jack befriends the bird, but Edna is unnerved by it - and she has good reason to be.

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  • Sauce for the Goose

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    S 7 : Ep 9 - 7/21/84

    Olivia is a rich widow who seduces Stephen, a younger man with no money. He marries her on the strength of her inheritance from her late husband, whose death she has skillfully arranged. Stephen thinks he is in a position to go on playing the field, while Olivia has other ideas. When Stephen takes up with another woman, Olivia knows what has to be done...moreless

  • Wet Saturday

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    S 7 : Ep 8 - 7/7/84

    It's one of those days for a man of the world with a high standing in the community. Wet weather out of doors, and inside the house a dead body. Inconveniently, Princey's dim-witted daughter, Millicent, thwarted in love, has killed a young preacher with a croquet mallet, and Princey decides he must cover it up, or risk losing a lot of face. It's just a matter of persuading the police that there was a tragic accident - after all, they are not very bright, are they?moreless
  • The Gift of Beauty

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    S 7 : Ep 7 - 6/30/84

    Elizabeth has a rich husband, until she kills him, with the help of Ray, her young lover. She then has a face lift and puts herself on a keep-fit regime, in the hope of closing the age-gap between her and Ray, but she finds it all too much for her. Then one day Elizabeth finds a flier advertising a new way to reverse the ageing process, and she decides to give it a try.moreless
  • The Last of the Midnight Gardeners

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    S 7 : Ep 6 - 6/16/84

    Walter Oats is a magazine publisher based in London. He has a rich wife and is also having an affair with his secretary, Edna.

    Walter launches a story-writing competition, with a £5,000 prize, to find the plot for a perfect murder, and his wife Jane taunts him into entering the competition himself under a pseudonym. But what exactly is Jane up to?moreless
  • Number Eight

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    S 7 : Ep 5 - 6/9/84

    A smartly dressed driver, travelling on his own, picks up a thin, scruffy, wild-eyed hitch-hiker. As they drive off together, they hear warnings on the car radio of a dangerous serial killer on the run who has been called the Will-o-the-wisp Murderer. The man is said to be of slight build with fair hair, and it dawns on the driver that this description closely matches the hitch-hiker he has just picked up. And the man at the wheel forms a plan.moreless
  • Have a Nice Death

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    S 7 : Ep 4 - 6/2/84

    Sam Luke is a successful writer. He is also a leading male chauvinist, pushing the line that women are the fairer and weaker sex. He sees himself as a popular fellow, with no enemies, except perhaps that the feminists were less than thrilled about his book Women Weeping. Then the literary lion gets a series of 'Have a nice death' messages, his machismo crumbles and he decides to go home to his wife. But he finds it isn't so easy as it might once have been.moreless
  • Proxy

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    S 7 : Ep 3 - 5/26/84

    A media tycoon and two of his lawyer friends are all being blackmailed by a scheming woman, who threatens to reveal their past affairs with her. Then the woman is found murdered in her apartment, and the men fear that the police inquiries will lead to one or all of them, and they will be ruined. Luckily, the media tycoon's faithful chauffeur, William, dreams up a brilliant plan for dealing with the situation. Or, at least, it looked brilliant at first sight.moreless
  • The Best Chess Player in the World

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    S 7 : Ep 2 - 5/19/84

    G.B. Shaw, the calculating owner of a successful newpaper, sets out to use people as if they were pieces on a chessboard. He has a gorgeous wife called Paula, and she has everything she could want - including a horse, a Ferrari and an enormous dress allowance. But then Paula begins to live dangerously by taking a lover, and Shaw finds out about it. He decides to deal with the problem in his usual cool, calm and clear-thinking way. But life does not always obey the rules of the game.moreless

  • The Dirty Detail

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    S 7 : Ep 1 - 5/12/84

    Fred Pearson is a U.S. Army veteran, but he came out of the Vietnam war with a miserable record. This was chiefly thanks to the bullying of Guedo, his sergeant, who gave Fred endless dirty detail punishments and broke his nerve. Since his discharge, Fred hasn't been able to hold down a job, and he feels the world is against him. Years on from Vietnam, and after another day of looking for work without success, Fred goes into his favourite bar to drown his sorrows - and there he finds none other than Guedo, boasting about his time as a big man in the U.S. Army. And Fred sees his chance of revenge.moreless
  • Youth from Vienna

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    S 6 : Ep 13 - 7/2/83


    Caroline Coates, a television station interviewer, is promoted to be anchorwoman of the station's main news programme - and there are two men who want to marry her. But Caroline worries that she won't keep her looks forever.

    Humphrey Baxter, one of her admirers, is a scientist working on a formula to stop the aging process. Unfortunately, though, some of the effects of the fountain of eternal youth are unforeseen...

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  • Hit and Run

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    S 6 : Ep 12 - 5/10/83

    Roger Ashburn is a young hospital doctor with a beautiful but selfish wife. They hold a dinner party for Steve and Carol Hutchins, but the party is ruined when one of the men finds his wife's wedding ring in his dinner - her ploy to signal that the marriage is over.

    When Roger's wife disappears, he is desperately worried - but there is a surprise in store for him.

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  • The Tribute

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    S 6 : Ep 11 - 6/25/83

    Three English ladies who served the Empire in distant places, Fanny Soane, Mable Ince, and Lady Eleanor Benson, hear of the death of Nanny Dench, who had served all of them. The three ladies decide against the expense of a notice in The Times and plan instead to meet Nanny's niece for lunch. But a shock is in store for them...

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  • The Wrong 'Un

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    S 6 : Ep 9 - 6/11/83

    Helmut Weinrich is a German business man staying in a hotel and looking for a good time after a successful deal. Helmut meets the beautiful and enigmatic Molly, a girl with an edge of danger about her. He ignores the warnings of the hotel's security officer, buys Molly dinner and invites her up to his room...

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  • The Vorpal Blade

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    S 6 : Ep 8 - 5/28/83

    A tale of love, honour and murder in Germany in the 1930s, looked back on many years later. The elderly von Baden, one of those who witnessed a long-ago duel to the death at Heidelberg between Macker and the bully Cassan, reveals a shocking secret...

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  • Down Among the Sheltering Palms

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    S 6 : Ep 7 - 5/21/83

    Gerry Armstrong, an American veteran of World War II, makes a nostalgic return trip to England and visits the town in Norfolk where he served as an airman forty years before.

    Carol is a pretty young woman Armstrong meets in a dance hall - which is where the sheltering palms come in. But the past can yield secrets and surprises, and Carol brings it all disturbingly alive...

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  • Heir Presumptuous

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    S 6 : Ep 5 - 5/7/83

    Rancher George Devon is found murdered. Devon was a rich man, and his nephews Donald and David (who are identical twins) stand to inherit his fortune. They become the prime suspects, as one of them was seen at the scene of the crime just before Devon's body was found. But Sheriff Milt Singleton faces the problem that no-one can tell the twins apart, and both of them seem to have water-tight alibis.

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  • A Sad Loss

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    S 6 : Ep 3 - 4/23/83

    Claire Hawksworth is a young widow who owns a smart hotel in the Caribbean, where she lives with her good-looking hotel manager (and lover) Dave Bingham. Alas, Claire is struggling financially and faces bankruptcy, so she is having to look to her rich Aunt Alicia to save the day. But then Alicia announces she has a new heir. What's to be done?

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  • The Memory Man

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    S 6 : Ep 2 - 4/16/83

    Colin Mearns, called 'the memory man', is going through a very thin patch. Out of funds and facing the loss of Mary, his gorgeous girlfriend, he advertises for customers and agrees to help Charlie Krebs, an obviously shady character, to remember the number of a station locker. But then Mearns gets curious and wonders if he might be missing his only chance to make a fortune...

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  • The Skeleton Key

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    S 5 : Ep 18 - 8/22/82

    An arrogant young man called Max has to have an emergency operation just before he is due to go away on a holiday with his girlfriend, Emma - a holiday he hoped to turn into a honeymoon. Max panics and gets bad-tempered, and Emma tries to calm him down. Meanwhile, Andy, who is a radiologist at the hospital and a much more pleasant character than Max, is also keen on Emma. So she has to choose between them...

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  • Who's Got the Lady?

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    S 5 : Ep 17 - 8/15/82

    Parnell is an art dealer who plans to steal an important picture from his own London art gallery. During a ceremony to unveil The Patrician Lady (a masterpiece on temporary loan) gun shots and an explosion suggest a robbery. Afterwards, surprisingly, The Patrician Lady seems to be unharmed, but then Parnell finds the name 'Zarchetti' stamped on the back of the canvas, suggesting the picture is a fake. With the original under suspicion, Parnell plans that his artist girlfrend will then forge copies of the painting, which he can sell to several of his collectors who will each pay a good price for what appears to be the real masterpiece.

    But something goes wrong with the plan...

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  • A Man with a Fortune

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    S 5 : Ep 16 - 8/8/82

    John Smith is a rich but lonely Californian wine-grower visiting England in the hope of finding his long-lost family. In London, he meets two girls, Janet Murdoch and her room-mate Eva, and things start to go terribly wrong.

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