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