Tales of the Unexpected (1979)

Tales of the Unexpected is a British television series which aired between 1979 and 1988. Each episode told a story, often with sinister and wryly comedic undertones, with an unexpected twist ending. Early episodes were based on short stories by Roald Dahl collected in the books Tales of the Unexpected, Kiss Kiss and Someone Like You. The series was made by Anglia Television for ITV with interior scenes recorded at their Norwich studios whilst location filming mainly occurred across East Anglia. The theme music for the series was written by composer Ron Grainer. Although similar in theme and title, the show is not related to the American anthology television series, Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected, which ran for one season in 1977.

Writing:
  • Roald Dahl

Stars:
Release Date: 1979-03-24
Seasons: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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  • Country: GB
  • Language: En
  • Runtime: 25
Ian Holm
Ian Holm
Max Gail
Max Gail
Robert Morley
Robert Morley
Roxanne Hart
Roxanne Hart
Michael Kitchen
Michael Kitch...
Nigel Havers
Nigel Havers
Ron Moody
Ron Moody
Eleanor Bron
Eleanor Bron
Peter Bowles
Peter Bowles
Phyllida Law
Phyllida Law
John Houseman
John Houseman
Will Hare
Will Hare
Joan Greenwood
Joan Greenwoo...
Samantha Eggar
Samantha Egga...
Marius Goring
Marius Goring
Nina van Pallandt
Nina van Pall...
Roger Rees
Roger Rees
George Sewell
George Sewell
Royce D. Applegate
Royce D. Appl...
Tom Bosley
Tom Bosley
Rita Gam
Rita Gam
Caroline Langrishe
Caroline Lang...
Hayley Mills
Hayley Mills
Jane Asher
Jane Asher
Jenny O'Hara
Jenny O'Hara
Jan Francis
Jan Francis
Patrick Mower
Patrick Mower
Carol Lynley
Carol Lynley
Kathleen Doyle
Kathleen Doyl...
Cyril Luckham
Cyril Luckham
John Beck
John Beck
Zoë Wanamaker
Zoë Wanamaker
Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
Peter Firth
Peter Firth
Ann Doran
Ann Doran
Bill Owen
Bill Owen
Ed Begley Jr.
Ed Begley Jr.
Julie Harris
Julie Harris
Don Johnson
Don Johnson
Peter Egan
Peter Egan
Tony Longo
Tony Longo
Rod Taylor
Rod Taylor
Lou Jacobi
Lou Jacobi
Joan Hackett
Joan Hackett
Arthur Hill
Arthur Hill
Roy Marsden
Roy Marsden
Chaim Topol
Chaim Topol
John Castle
John Castle
Clive Swift
Clive Swift
Colin Blakely
Colin Blakely
Van Johnson
Van Johnson
Anna Massey
Anna Massey
Katy Jurado
Katy Jurado
Judy Geeson
Judy Geeson
Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
Dina Merrill
Dina Merrill
Warren Oates
Warren Oates
Cyril Cusack
Cyril Cusack
Daragh O'Malley
Daragh O'Mall...
Kevin Dobson
Kevin Dobson
Julie Dawn Cole
Julie Dawn Co...
Edward Albert
Edward Albert
Tara Buckman
Tara Buckman
Richard Greene
Richard Green...
Joss Ackland
Joss Ackland
Thorley Walters
Thorley Walte...
Helmut Griem
Helmut Griem
James Faulkner
James Faulkne...
Stuart Wilson
Stuart Wilson
Anthony Higgins
Anthony Higgi...
Cherie Lunghi
Cherie Lunghi
Stuart Whitman
Stuart Whitma...
Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
Joseph Cotten
Joseph Cotten
Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
Allan Corduner
Allan Cordune...
James Greene
James Greene
Sondra Locke
Sondra Locke
Dick Smothers
Dick Smothers
Michael Byrne
Michael Byrne
Amanda Redman
Amanda Redman
Dorothy Tutin
Dorothy Tutin
David Cassidy
David Cassidy
Lynsey Baxter
Lynsey Baxter
Gary Burghoff
Gary Burghoff
Elaine Giftos
Elaine Giftos
Gloria Grahame
Gloria Graham...
Brenda Blethyn
Brenda Blethy...
Darren McGavin
Darren McGavi...
William Boyett
William Boyet...
Bryan Marshall
Bryan Marshal...
Harry H. Corbett
Harry H. Corb...
Stephanie Cole
Stephanie Col...
Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritc...
Richard Briers
Richard Brier...
Michael Ontkean
Michael Ontke...
Susan Strasberg
Susan Strasbe...
Phyllis Calvert
Phyllis Calve...
Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellow...
Anthony Steel
Anthony Steel
George Peppard
George Peppar...
Denis Quilley
Denis Quilley
Nigel Hawthorne
Nigel Hawthor...
Bernard Cribbins
Bernard Cribb...
Pamela Stephenson
Pamela Stephe...
Susan Penhaligon
Susan Penhali...
Bud Cort
Bud Cort
Victoria Tennant
Victoria Tenn...
William Hootkins
William Hootk...
Valerie Mahaffey
Valerie Mahaf...
Bradley Lavelle
Bradley Lavel...
Anthony Valentine
Anthony Valen...
Charles Kimbrough
Charles Kimbr...
Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Conn...
Patricia Routledge
Patricia Rout...
Denholm Elliott
Denholm Ellio...
Patrick O'Neal
Patrick O'Nea...
Lois Smith
Lois Smith
Warren Clarke
Warren Clarke
Miriam Margolyes
Miriam Margol...
Benedict Taylor
Benedict Tayl...
Leslie Caron
Leslie Caron
Dennis Christopher
Dennis Christ...
Micheline Presle
Micheline Pre...
Eamonn Walker
Eamonn Walker
David Buck
David Buck
Peter Davison
Peter Davison
Jennie Linden
Jennie Linden
Betsy Blair
Betsy Blair
Susan George
Susan George
Brad Dourif
Brad Dourif
Charles Dance
Charles Dance
Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh
Brian Blessed
Brian Blessed
Robert Morse
Robert Morse
Timothy West
Timothy West
David Suchet
David Suchet
James Aubrey
James Aubrey
Keith Barron
Keith Barron
Shane Rimmer
Shane Rimmer
Pauline Collins
Pauline Colli...
Anthony Quayle
Anthony Quayl...
Michael Gambon
Michael Gambo...
John Gielgud
John Gielgud
Michael Brandon
Michael Brand...
Michael Hordern
Michael Horde...
Richard Johnson
Richard Johns...
Geoffrey Beevers
Geoffrey Beev...
Caroline Goodall
Caroline Good...
Richard Basehart
Richard Baseh...
Bruce Boa
Bruce Boa
Jack Weston
Jack Weston
John Mills
John Mills
Terry O'Quinn
Terry O'Quinn
Phil Brown
Phil Brown
Moray Watson
Moray Watson
Cyd Hayman
Cyd Hayman
Martin Benson
Martin Benson
Sharon Gless
Sharon Gless
Bernard Kay
Bernard Kay
Heather Sears
Heather Sears
Evelyn Laye
Evelyn Laye
Liza Goddard
Liza Goddard
Saeed Jaffrey
Saeed Jaffrey
June Ritchie
June Ritchie
Joan Collins
Joan Collins
John Duttine
John Duttine
Ray Lonnen
Ray Lonnen
Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
Peter Copley
Peter Copley
Lisa Eichhorn
Lisa Eichhorn
John Alderton
John Alderton
Kenneth Tigar
Kenneth Tigar
Michael Craig
Michael Craig
Wendy Hiller
Wendy Hiller
Toyah Willcox
Toyah Willcox
Peter Cushing
Peter Cushing
Robert Loggia
Robert Loggia
Carmen Silvera
Carmen Silver...
Charles Hallahan
Charles Halla...
Charles Keating
Charles Keati...
Joanna Pettet
Joanna Pettet
Godfrey James
Godfrey James
Sheila Burrell
Sheila Burrel...
Tim Woodward
Tim Woodward
Siobhán McKenna
Siobhán McKen...
Frank Converse
Frank Convers...
Michael Jayston
Michael Jayst...
Fulton Mackay
Fulton Mackay
John Forgeham
John Forgeham
Deborah Harmon
Deborah Harmo...
Gary Bond
Gary Bond
Geoffrey Bayldon
Geoffrey Bayl...
Tom Chadbon
Tom Chadbon
Robert Beatty
Robert Beatty
Richard Pearson
Richard Pears...
Margaretta Scott
Margaretta Sc...
Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas
John Carson
John Carson
Hilary Mason
Hilary Mason
Joyce Redman
Joyce Redman
Peter Barkworth
Peter Barkwor...
Carol Drinkwater
Carol Drinkwa...
Elizabeth Spriggs
Elizabeth Spr...
John Bennett
John Bennett
Anthony Ainley
Anthony Ainle...
Lucy Gutteridge
Lucy Gutterid...
Stephen Greif
Stephen Greif
Peter Cellier
Peter Cellier
Elaine Paige
Elaine Paige
Peter Jeffrey
Peter Jeffrey
Logan Ramsey
Logan Ramsey
Ivor Roberts
Ivor Roberts
Neville Phillips
Neville Phill...
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