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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.

Genre:
Stars:
Writer:
  •  Roald Dahl
  •  Denis Cannan

Production:
  •  Anglia Television


Seasons: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


Release Date: 1979-03-24
Status: Ended
First Air Time: 1979-03-24
Last Air Time: 1988-05-13
Total Episodes: 112
Original Title: Tales of the Unexpected
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themoviedb icon Popularity: 8
IMDb icon 7.7 / 10 / 1,342
IMDb icon ID: tt0075592
  • Country: GB
  • Language: En
  • Runtime: 25
Brad Dourif
Brad Dourif
Robert Beatty
Robert Beatty
Caroline Goodall
Caroline Good...
Kenneth Tigar
Kenneth Tigar
Anna Massey
Anna Massey
Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
Robert Loggia
Robert Loggia
Tom Bosley
Tom Bosley
Miriam Margolyes
Miriam Margol...
Phyllida Law
Phyllida Law
Tim Woodward
Tim Woodward
Don Johnson
Don Johnson
Eamonn Walker
Eamonn Walker
Ed Begley Jr.
Ed Begley Jr.
Roxanne Hart
Roxanne Hart
Bud Cort
Bud Cort
Darren McGavin
Darren McGavi...
Tony Longo
Tony Longo
Terry O'Quinn
Terry O'Quinn
Jemma Redgrave
Jemma Redgrav...
John Gielgud
John Gielgud
Joan Collins
Joan Collins
Hayley Mills
Hayley Mills
John Houseman
John Houseman
Peter Firth
Peter Firth
Jenny O'Hara
Jenny O'Hara
William Hootkins
William Hootk...
Dennis Christopher
Dennis Christ...
David Suchet
David Suchet
Edward Albert
Edward Albert
Hugh Fraser
Hugh Fraser
Michael Brandon
Michael Brand...
Max Gail
Max Gail
James Faulkner
James Faulkne...
Lois Smith
Lois Smith
James Greene
James Greene
John Mills
John Mills
Malachy McCourt
Malachy McCou...
Amanda Redman
Amanda Redman
Roger Rees
Roger Rees
Tom Smothers
Tom Smothers
Dick Smothers
Dick Smothers
Robert Morley
Robert Morley
Stuart Whitman
Stuart Whitma...
Ron Moody
Ron Moody
Bruce Boa
Bruce Boa
Michael Kitchen
Michael Kitch...
Bill Owen
Bill Owen
Ann Doran
Ann Doran
John Castle
John Castle
Stuart Wilson
Stuart Wilson
Brian Blessed
Brian Blessed
Roy Marsden
Roy Marsden
Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh
Eleanor Bron
Eleanor Bron
Joan Hackett
Joan Hackett
Brenda
Lou Jacobi
Lou Jacobi
Bernard Kay
Bernard Kay
Det. Sgt. Jim Gordon
Moray Watson
Moray Watson
Betsy Blair
Betsy Blair
Van Johnson
Van Johnson
Anthony Higgins
Anthony Higgi...
Clive Swift
Clive Swift
Latham
Timothy West
Timothy West
Chaim Topol
Chaim Topol
Denis Quilley
Denis Quilley
Captain Waterhouse
Warren Oates
Warren Oates
Julie Harris
Julie Harris
Lisa Eichhorn
Lisa Eichhorn
Zoë Wanamaker
Zoë Wanamaker
Richard Briers
Richard Brier...
Peter Davison
Peter Davison
Peter Cushing
Peter Cushing
Peter Jeffrey
Peter Jeffrey
Michael Hordern
Michael Horde...
Elizabeth Spriggs
Elizabeth Spr...
Kathleen Doyle
Kathleen Doyl...
Caroline Langrishe
Caroline Lang...
Nigel Havers
Nigel Havers
Peter Barkworth
Peter Barkwor...
Bradley Lavelle
Bradley Lavel...
Nina van Pallandt
Nina van Pall...
Joseph Cotten
Joseph Cotten
Lionel
Denholm Elliott
Denholm Ellio...
Rod Taylor
Rod Taylor
Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellow...
Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
Rita Gam
Rita Gam
Allan Corduner
Allan Cordune...
John Bennett
John Bennett
Royden
Patrick O'Neal
Patrick O'Nea...
Peter Egan
Peter Egan
Keith
Charles Hallahan
Charles Halla...
Lucy Gutteridge
Lucy Gutterid...
Logan Ramsey
Logan Ramsey
George Peppard
George Peppar...
Bernard Cribbins
Bernard Cribb...
Carol Lynley
Carol Lynley
Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
Valerie Mahaffey
Valerie Mahaf...
Pauline Collins
Pauline Colli...
Judy Geeson
Judy Geeson
Peter Copley
Peter Copley
Brenda Blethyn
Brenda Blethy...
Gary Burghoff
Gary Burghoff
Dina Merrill
Dina Merrill
Stephanie Cole
Stephanie Col...
Samantha Eggar
Samantha Egga...
Martin Benson
Martin Benson
Frank Sinatra Jr.
Frank Sinatra...
Patrick Mower
Patrick Mower
Colin Blakely
Colin Blakely
Wendy Hiller
Wendy Hiller
Anthony Quayle
Anthony Quayl...
Anthony Valentine
Anthony Valen...
Royce D. Applegate
Royce D. Appl...
Leslie Caron
Leslie Caron
David Cassidy
David Cassidy
Patricia Routledge
Patricia Rout...
Michael Craig
Michael Craig
John Alderton
John Alderton
Cyril Cusack
Cyril Cusack
Hilary Mason
Hilary Mason
Frances Tomelty
Frances Tomel...
George Sewell
George Sewell
Daragh O'Malley
Daragh O'Mall...
Richard Johnson
Richard Johns...
Geoffrey Bayldon
Geoffrey Bayl...
Peter Cellier
Peter Cellier
Wilkins
Stephen Greif
Stephen Greif
Phyllis Calvert
Phyllis Calve...
William Boyett
William Boyet...
John Duttine
John Duttine
Tara Buckman
Tara Buckman
Neville Phillips
Neville Phill...
Jennifer Hilary
Jennifer Hila...
Carol Drinkwater
Carol Drinkwa...
Elspeth March
Elspeth March
Sheila Burrell
Sheila Burrel...
Jack Weston
Jack Weston
Sondra Locke
Sondra Locke
Joan Greenwood
Joan Greenwoo...
Elaine Paige
Elaine Paige
Suzanne Danielle
Suzanne Danie...
Elaine
Michael Ontkean
Michael Ontke...
Will Hare
Will Hare
Robert Arden
Robert Arden
Berners
Deborah Harmon
Deborah Harmo...
Joanna Pettet
Joanna Pettet
Harry H. Corbett
Harry H. Corb...
Tom Chadbon
Tom Chadbon
Anthony Steel
Anthony Steel
Arthur Hill
Arthur Hill
John Forgeham
John Forgeham
Gloria Grahame
Gloria Graham...
Olivia
Jan Francis
Jan Francis
Toyah Willcox
Toyah Willcox
Shane Rimmer
Shane Rimmer
Elaine Giftos
Elaine Giftos
Pamela Stephenson
Pamela Stephe...
Kevin Dobson
Kevin Dobson
Frank Converse
Frank Convers...
Cherie Lunghi
Cherie Lunghi
Susan Strasberg
Susan Strasbe...
Katy Jurado
Katy Jurado
Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritc...
Michael Jayston
Michael Jayst...
Geoffrey Beevers
Geoffrey Beev...
Joyce Redman
Joyce Redman
Susan Penhaligon
Susan Penhali...
Jennie Linden
Jennie Linden
Faye
Carmen Silvera
Carmen Silver...
Phil Brown
Phil Brown
Ivor Roberts
Ivor Roberts
Helmut Griem
Helmut Griem
Keith Barron
Keith Barron
Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas
Robert Morse
Robert Morse
Stephen Shaw
Andrew Ray
Andrew Ray
Bryan Marshall
Bryan Marshal...
Richard Pearson
Richard Pears...
Richard Basehart
Richard Baseh...
Sean Barrett
Sean Barrett
Steward
David Buck
David Buck
Thorley Walters
Thorley Walte...
Julie Dawn Cole
Julie Dawn Co...
Charles Kimbrough
Charles Kimbr...
Eric
Heather Sears
Heather Sears
Anna Neagle
Anna Neagle
Siobhán McKenna
Siobhán McKen...
Jonathan Scott-Taylor
Jonathan Scot...
Evelyn Laye
Evelyn Laye
Cyril Luckham
Cyril Luckham
Marius Goring
Marius Goring
Cyd Hayman
Cyd Hayman
Gary Bond
Gary Bond
Ray Lonnen
Ray Lonnen
Margaretta Scott
Margaretta Sc...
James Aubrey
James Aubrey
Godfrey James
Godfrey James
Anthony Ainley
Anthony Ainle...
Deryck Guyler
Deryck Guyler
Jacqueline Hill
Jacqueline Hi...
June Ritchie
June Ritchie
Liza Goddard
Liza Goddard
John Nettleton
John Nettleto...
Paul Eddington
Paul Eddingto...
Christopher Blake
Christopher B...
Robert Lang
Robert Lang
Michael Aldridge
Michael Aldri...
Paul Herzberg
Paul Herzberg
Lisa Dunsheath
Lisa Dunsheat...
Gloria
Andrew Burt
Andrew Burt
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