Tales of the Unexpected is a British anthology television series that aired on ITV from 1979 to 1988. The series was based on the short stories of Roald Dahl, and each episode was a self-contained story with a surprise ending. The first series of Tales of the Unexpected aired from 1979 to 1980 and consisted of 13 episodes. The episodes were directed by a variety of directors, including Christopher Miles, Michael Winner, and Freddie Francis. The series starred a number of well-known actors, including Peter Cushing, Joan Collins, and Donald Pleasence. The first series of Tales of the Unexpected was a critical and commercial success. The series was nominated for a number of awards, including a BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series. The series was also popular with viewers, and it was one of the most-watched shows on ITV during its run. The first series of Tales of the Unexpected is a collection of dark and twisted stories that will keep you guessing until the very end. The series is a must-watch for fans of Roald Dahl and anthology television.

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Tales of the Unexpected, Set 1 (1982)

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Tales of the Unexpected is a British anthology television series that aired on ITV from 1979 to 1988. The series was based on the short stories of Roald Dahl, and each episode was a self-contained story with a surprise ending. The first series of Tales of the Unexpected aired from 1979 to 1980 and consisted of 13 episodes. The episodes were directed by a variety of directors, including Christopher Miles, Michael Winner, and Freddie Francis. The series starred a number of well-known actors, including Peter Cushing, Joan Collins, and Donald Pleasence. The first series of Tales of the Unexpected was a critical and commercial success. The series was nominated for a number of awards, including a BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series. The series was also popular with viewers, and it was one of the most-watched shows on ITV during its run. The first series of Tales of the Unexpected is a collection of dark and twisted stories that will keep you guessing until the very end. The series is a must-watch for fans of Roald Dahl and anthology television.

Where to Watch

Cast
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Roald Dahl

Himself - Introduced by (30 episodes, 1979-1981)
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Andrew Ray

Cranmer Oakes / ... (6 episodes, 1980-1984)
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Forbes Collins

Inspector / ... (4 episodes, 1981-1984)
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Richard Johnson

James / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
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Joan Collins

Clare Duckworth and Julia Roach / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
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Sheila Gish

Frances / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1983)
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John Mills

Sam Morrissey / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
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Lucy Gutteridge

Josie / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1988)
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Cyril Luckham

Gavin / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
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Mark Lewis

Carlo / ... (3 episodes, 1983-1984)
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Douglas Lambert

American Passenger / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
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Jean Kitson

Clerk / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
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Giles Phibbs

Bus Conductor / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1984)
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Richard Foxton

Assistant Manager / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1983)
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Roy Marsden

Chief Inspector Walters / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1984)
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Anthony Valentine

Bob / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
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Colin Blakely

Colin Mearns / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1983)
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John Duttine

Dr. Roger Ashburn / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
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Siobhan McKenna

Mrs. Grady / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1981)
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Joss Ackland

Colonel George Peregrine / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1988)
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Derek Jacobi

Drioli / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
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Simon Cadell

Co-Pilot / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1984)
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Susan Penhaligon

Mary Ashburn / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
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Susan Strasberg

Madame Myra / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
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Tom Smothers

Marvin Castlemore / ... (2 episodes, 1984)
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Elaine Stritch

Mary Pearl / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
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Jack Weston

William Botibol (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
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Julie Harris

Mrs. Bixby / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
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John Alderton

Rev. George Duckworth / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1988)
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Pauline Collins

Eve Peregrine / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1988)
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John Castle

Derek Johnstone / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1984)
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Cyril Cusack

Michael Fish / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1984)
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Gloria Grahame

Gladys / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1984)
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Shane Rimmer

Arthur Beauchamp / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
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Jeremy Clyde

Charlie Prince / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
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Celia Gregory

Edna / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1984)
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Kate Harper

Clodagh Jansen / ... (2 episodes, 1984)
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Joseph Cotten

Edward / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
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Susan George

Mabel Taylor / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
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Bosco Hogan

Tom / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1983)
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Elizabeth Spriggs

Aunt May / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
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Rachel Kempson

Mrs. Mason / ... (2 episodes, 1981)
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Constantine Gregory

Helmut Weinrich / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
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Roland Culver

Mr. Foster / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1982)
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Brewster Mason

Herbert Millette / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
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Paul Spurrier

David / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
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Anthony Steel

'Timber' / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
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Andrew Burt

Edward / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1988)
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Jim Norton

Dr. Mellish / ... (2 episodes, 1984)
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Leonard Preston

Billy Weaver / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
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Geoffrey Bayldon

Dr. Applegate / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1983)
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Lally Bowers

Alicia Hawksworth / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1983)
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Judy Geeson

Mary / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1983)
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Elizabeth Richardson

Clarissa Tower / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
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Lynette Davies

Paula Shaw / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1984)
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Kenneth Tigar

Merrifield / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
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Charles Hallahan

Charlie / ... (2 episodes, 1984)
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Paul Herzberg

Henri / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1988)
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Alan Rowe

Duncan Larch / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
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Amanda Redman

Anna Warrack / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
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Suzanne Danielle

Elaine / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
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Ronnie Stevens

Jeweller / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1988)
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Andrew Bicknell

Giles Wimbourne / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1988)
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John Gielgud

Cyril Boggis / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
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Avril Elgar

Nancy / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
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David Healy

Auctioneer / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1982)
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Graham Weston

Businessman / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1983)
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Geoffrey Chater

James Hamilton / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1988)
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Michael Troughton

Andrew / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
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Richard Hampton

Arthur Baxter / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
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Pauline Letts

Joan Wilcox / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1988)
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Olivier Pierre

Arnaud / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
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John Rees

Barman / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
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Helen Horton

American Lady Passenger / ... (2 episodes, 1981)
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Neil Daglish

Heath / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
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Gladys Spencer

Old Lady / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1982)
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John Biggerstaff

Mr. Pollard / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1983)
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Bernadette Windsor

Louise / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
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Tony Alleff

Hassin / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1988)
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Penelope Gillette

Gladys Miton / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
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Jacqueline Hill

Melanie Litmayer / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
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Allan Corduner

Hatchard's Bookshop Assistant / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1988)
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Richard Barnes

Charles Hearn / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
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Andrew MacLachlan

Metal Dealer / ... (2 episodes, 1981)
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David Hanson

John Dibbell / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1984)
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Nigel Caliburn

Signwriter / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
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Tony Osoba

Dr. Hartley / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
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William Hootkins

Harry Chester / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
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Neville Phillips

2nd Waiter / ... (2 episodes, 1981)
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Stuart Turton

Franco / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
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Virginia Clay

Housekeeper / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
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Peter Tuddenham

Control Voice / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
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Graham Bell

Interviewer On TV / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1984)
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John Stamp

Gallery Attendant / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
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Genevieve Allenbury

Croupier (2 episodes, 1981-1988)
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Michael Quinto

Man in Dressing Room / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1983)
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Rex Taylor

Art Dealer / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
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Bryan Matheson

Husband / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1984)
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Janet Leigh

Joan Stackpole (2 episodes, 1982-1984)
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Laurence Payne

Collingwood / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Tales of the Unexpected: Set 3

(DVD, THINpak)

9/27/2005

Disc Title Front Cover

Tales of the Unexpected: Set 1

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

9/28/2004

Disc Title Front Cover

Tales of the Unexpected: Set 4

(DVD, THINpak)

3/28/2006

Disc Title Front Cover

Tales of the Unexpected: Set 2

(DVD, THINpak)

3/15/2005

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