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