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