Tales of the Unexpected Audience Choice

Posted on: 18 Aug 2016

As part of our Roald Dahl on Film season, we're taking the opportunity to screen a selection of episodes of Tales of the Unexpected and we want you to choose which episodes we show!

Read on for more information and click here to vote for your choice.

Votes will be counted and the winning episodes announced on Tue 30 August at 5pm. Three episodes will be shown at each screening on Tue 6 + Tue 20 September at 6pm.

Click here to book your tickets now.

The Man from the South

UK/1979/25mins/no cert. Dir: Micheal Touchner With: Pamela Stephenson, José Ferrer, Michael Ontkean

An American sailor and his girlfriend, Cathy, are on holiday in Jamaica. They become involved in a bizarre bet with Carlos, who loves to gamble. When the young man boasts about his cigarette lighter, Carlos offers him his Jaguar if the boy can strike his lighter successfully ten times in a row. But if it fails even once, if the boy does not strike it precisely, Carlos will cut off his finger.

Mrs Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat

UK/1979/25mins/no cert. Dir: Simon Langton With: Michael Hordern, Julie Harris, Sandra Payne

Mrs Bixby is having an affair behind her husband's back. Her lover gives her a mink coat and she devises a devious plan to explain its presence to her husband.

William and Mary

UK/1979/25mins/no cert. Dir: Donald McWhinnie With: Elaine Stritch, Marius Goring, Jimmy Mac

A widow is informed by her Doctor that her husband's brain has been kept alive. The husband had always imposed a strict regime on his wife and she now seeks revenge.

Lamb to the Slaughter

UK/1979/25mins/no cert. Dir: John Davies With: Brian Blessed, Susan Goerge, Michael Byrne

Mary Marney, a devoted housewife, finds her husband dead. The police conclude that Patrick was killed with a large blunt object, but are baffled when the murder weapon cannot be found. As they were all friends of Patrick, Mary begs them to stay and eat the lamb which has been roasting, while they discuss the case.

The Landlady

UK/1979/25mins/no cert. Dir: Herbert Wise With: Siobhán McKenna, Leonard Preston

Billy Weaver, a young man from London, arrives at a guesthouse. He is greeted by the Landlady, but his curiosity is aroused when he reads the Guest Book. He sees the names of young men whom, he remembers, had gone missing. The Landlady tells him that she is a taxidermist.


UK/1979/25mins/no cert. Dir: Christopher Miles, With: Joan Collins, John Gielgud, Peter Bowles, Carmen Silvera

Lady Turton, an art collector's wife, is conducting a series of affairs, much to the disapproval of her resentful husband and their butler, Jelks. One night while cavorting with Major Jack Haddock, making fun of her husband's beloved artworks, she finds her head trapped in a priceless piece of art.

Edward the Conqueror

UK/1979/25mins/no cert. Dir: Rodney Bennett With: Joseph Cotton, Wendy Hiller, Phil Brown

A husband and wife adopt a stray cat. The woman bonds with the cat, much to her husband's jealousy.

A Dip in the Pool

UK/1979/25mins/no cert. Dir: Michael Touchner With: Jack Weston, Gladys Spencer

William Botibol, a man on a cruise ship, takes part in a bet to predict how far the ship will travel in 24 hours. He calculates that he will win if the ship is delayed a little – if, for instance, it has to turn back to collect a man overboard. In order to win by cheating, he waits until he and a woman are alone on the deck and then he pretends to fall overboard. Unfortunately for him, the woman is not what he thinks she is.

The Way Up to Heaven

UK/1979/25mins/no cert. Dir: Simon Langton With: Julie Harris, Ronald Culver, Angus MacKay

Mrs Foster has a pathological fear of being late and her husband, a somewhat sadistic dawdler, torments her by making her late. On the day of her holiday to New York to visit their daughter Mr. Foster attempts to delay her again but has he pushed her too far?

Royal Jelly

UK/1980/25mins/no cert. Dir: Herbert Wise With: Susan George, Timothy West, Andrew Ray

A Bee-keeper becomes concerned when his wife tells him that their baby daughter is ill and losing weight. To help the baby gain strength, he begins feeding her Royal Jelly.


UK/1980/25mins/no cert. Dir: Herbert Wise With: Derek Jacobi, Boris Isarov, Lucy Gutteridge, Donald Pickering

An old street-beggar, a former tattooist, was a friend of the famous artist, Soutine. On his back, he has a tattoo by the artist, which is now priceless.

Galloping Foxley

UK/1980/25mins/no cert. Dir: Claude Whatham With: John Mills, Anthony Steel, Paul Spurrier, Johnathan Scott-Taylor

William Perkins is haunted by the bullying he received while at Boarding school 60 years ago. While on a train, he is convinced that the man sitting opposite him is the bully.

The Hitch-hiker

UK/1980/25mins/no cert. Dir: Alistair Reid With: Cyril Cusack, Rod Taylor, John Forgeham

Flashy American Paul Duveen stops to give elderly Irish vagrant Michael a lift in his new BMW. Michael is a pickpocket, which comes in very handy after his encouragement to Paul to break the speed limit has attracted the attention of a traffic cop on a motor-bike, who waves them over. After the cop has gone, Michael shows a happy Paul that he stole the cop's notebook and evidence, but before long Paul will be anything but happy.


UK/1980/25mins/no cert. Dir: Graham Evans With: Saeed Jaffrey, Anthony Steel, Andrew Ray, Judy Geeson

Set in British colonial India, Timber Woods goes to visit his friend Harry Pope. Harry is in bed, motionless, sweating, and in a panic: he has discovered a snake, is on his stomach, underneath the covers. Timber calls Dr. Ganderbai, a local Indian doctor.


UK/1980/25mins/no cert. Dir: Alistair Reid With: Ron Moody, Anthony Carrick, Mercia Glossop

Mike Schofield has a wager against his wine connoisseur friend, Richard Pratt that Pratt will not be able to deduce the vineyard from which the wine he is serving at dinner originates. The stakes become increasingly high: Pratt wants to bet for the hand of Schofield's daughter in marriage; if he loses, he will give Schofield both of his houses.

My Lady Love, My Dove

UK/1980/25mins/no cert. Dir: John Rosenberg, Herbert Wise With: Elaine Stritch, Lisa Eichhorn, Douglas Lambert, Shane Rimmer

Pamela Beauchamp has invited friends to stay for the weekend. For fun, she has installed a hidden microphone in their room. After a high-stakes game of bridge, she listens in to discover that they had been cheating.

Georgy Porgy

UK/1980/25mins/no cert. Dir: Graham Evans With: Joan Collins, John Alderton, Margaretta Scott, Ann Beach

A Vicar with an overactive imagination sees naked women as he delivers his sermons. One day, he finds that women are suddenly attracted to him and a beautiful woman offers herself to his desires.

Depart in Peace

UK/1980/25mins/no cert. Dir: Alan Gibson With: Joseph Cotton, Maureen O’Brien, Gloria Grahame

An art collector becomes involved in a struggle between two beautiful women

The Umbrella Man

UK/1980/25mins/no cert. Dir: Claude Whatham With: Michael Gambon, John Mills, Michael Sheard

On a wet afternoon, an elderly con-man strikes up a conversation with a passer-by. The old man sells him a silk umbrella, which he has stolen, claiming he needs money for a taxi. A mix-up with stolen umbrellas means that he exposes a couple who are cheating on the woman's husband.

Genesis and Catastrophe

UK/1980/25mins/no cert. Dir: Herbert Wise With: Helmut Griem, Hana Maria Pravda, Alastair Llewellyn

In 1889, after having lost three children, an Austrian woman is concerned that her newborn baby boy is ill. The doctor helps and urges the woman's husband to be positive. They decide to name the boy Adolphus.

Mr Botibol's First Love

UK/1980/25mins/no cert. Dir: Herbert Wise With: Anna Massey, Jack Weston, Alan Rowe, Allan Corduner, Paul Greenhalgh

Mr Botibol is obsessed with Classical music and builds a concert hall in his house. To his records, he pretends to conduct an orchestra and play a silent piano. A woman he meets shares his love of music and together they "perform" in the imaginary hall.

Vengeance is Mine Inc.

UK/1980/25mins/no cert. Dir: Alan Gibson With: Julian Fellowes, Betsy Blair, Robert Mill, Morris Barry

Two out-of-work actors in New York set up a scheme whereby they take revenge on a newspaper critic, Lionel Brewster, for money. Mrs Wilbur calls on them and hires their services.

Parson’s Pleasure

UK/1980/25mins/no cert. Dir: John Bruce With: John Gielgud, Bernard Miles, Lee Montague

A crooked antiques dealer is masquerading as a clergyman. Claiming to be collecting old furniture, he comes across a farmer who gives him an antique piece worth a fortune.

The Boy who Talked with Animals

UK/1981/25mins/no cert. Dir: Alan Gibson With: Paul Spurrier, David Buck, Stuart Whitman, John Nettleton

While on holiday in Jamaica, young David persuades his father to buy a giant turtle captured by fishermen, so that it can be released. When both boy and turtle disappear, an American man, Jenner, gets caught up in the adventure.

The Sound Machine

UK/1981/25mins/no cert. Dir: John Gorrie With: James Warwick, Harry Andrews, Margery Mason

A botanist has invented a machine, which translates the sound of plants into speech. What he hears gives him a shock.

The Surgeon

UK/1988/25mins/no cert. Dir: Graham Evans With: John Alderton, Shirley Cain, Jonathan Coy, Raad Rawi

Doctor Robert Sandy receives a huge diamond from a grateful patient – an Eastern Prince. Robert is eager to sell it for money, but his death follows his greed.


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