Although widely-regarded as one of the greatest childrenís authors of all-time, Roald Dahl also wrote chilling adult fiction, taking the twisted ideas used to entertain children and thrilling adults with similar themes. Much-gossiped about in its day, the surprising stories Ė usually with a sting in the tale Ė enthralled a nation the moment the iconic titles started.
Sinister and with a touch of the macabre, Tales of the Unexpected has, at its heart, a core of black humour that makes each story compelling, with a twist in each tale that delighted audiences throughout the country.
This complete third series, first transmitted to great critical acclaim in 1980, features nine top-notch episodes with gripping performances from the likes of Alfred Burke (Public Eye, Manhunt), Bill Maynard (Selwyn Froggit, Heartbeat), Roy Marsden (Sandbaggers, PD James Mysteries), Joan Collins (The Stud, The Bitch), Pauline Collins (Upstairs Downstairs, Shirley Valentine), Sir John Gielgud (Brideshead Revisited, Gandhi), Denholm Elliott
(Raiders of the Lost Ark, Voyage of the Damned) and Anthony Valentine (Callan, The Knock).
A lonely schoolgirl is threatened by a strange man.
Starring Alfred Burke, Stephanie Cole
A Picture of a Place
Greedy antiques collector Merv thinks he has struck gold meets a widow whose farmhouse is crammed with rare items.
Starring Jessie Matthews, Bill Maynard and Peter Sallis
Proof of Guilt
Two men are in a locked room and one is shot dead. But is the case as clear cut as it seems?
Starring Roy Marsden, Jeremy Clyde and Dudley Sutton
Vengeance is Mine Inc
A pair of unemployed graduates plan revenge on a newspaper columnist and in doing so, stumble upon a new business idea.
Starring Bosco Hagen, Julian Fellowes
and Betsy Blair
A Girl Canít Always Have Everything
Suzi and Pat are performers with a touring theatre. Money is always tight until the company gets a wealthy new backer...
Starring Joan Collins, Pauline Collins and
A crooked antiques dealer poses as a man of the cloth to hunt for bargains.
Starring Sir John Gielgud, Bernard Miles and Lee Montague
Harold Tinker has spent his whole life tormented by the arrogant Jack Cutler.
Starring Joss Ackland, Denholm Elliott
Iíll be Seeing You
Roland Trent is desperate to leave his bitchy wife for his near-blind mistress.
Starring Anthony Valentine, Hilary Tindall and Amanda Redman
This Christmas could turn out to be the blackest yet for toy firm manager Henry Knox.
Starring Robert Morley, Joyce Redman and Raymond Francis