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.

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
Jim Broadbent
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Valerie Mahaffey
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Ian Holm
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John Gielgud
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Ed Begley Jr.
Ed Begley Jr.
Charles Dance
Charles Dance
Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
Eamonn Walker
Eamonn Walker
Lou Jacobi
Lou Jacobi
Kevin Dobson
Kevin Dobson
Joss Ackland
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David Suchet
David Suchet
Jennifer Connelly
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John Houseman
John Houseman
Dennis Christopher
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Evelyn Laye
Evelyn Laye
Nina van Pallandt
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Michael Kitchen
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Bryan Marshall
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Michael Ontkean
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Shane Rimmer
Shane Rimmer
Denholm Elliott
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Peter Davison
Peter Davison
Michael Hordern
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Anthony Valentine
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George Peppard
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Robert Beatty
Robert Beatty
Rita Gam
Rita Gam
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Michael Gambon
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Helmut Griem
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Caroline Goodall
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James Faulkner
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Robert Morley
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Richard Johnson
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Robert Loggia
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John Mills
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Will Hare
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Max Gail
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Colin Blakely
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Arthur Hill
Arthur Hill
Julie Harris
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Joan Hackett
Joan Hackett
Don Johnson
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Eli Wallach
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Pauline Collins
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Joyce Redman
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William Hootkins
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Anna Massey
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Susan George
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Malachy McCourt
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Roxanne Hart
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Richard Pearson
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Lynsey Baxter
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Jennie Linden
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Margaretta Scott
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Dorothy Tutin
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Derek Jacobi
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Nigel Hawthorne
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Elaine Stritch
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Warren Oates
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Jack Weston
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Elizabeth Spriggs
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Stuart Wilson
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Rod Taylor
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John Forgeham
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Roger Rees
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Cyd Hayman
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Michael Craig
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Michael Jayston
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Bradley Lavelle
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Bruce Boa
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Anthony Quayle
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Judy Geeson
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Marius Goring
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Carol Drinkwater
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Toyah Willcox
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Victoria Tennant
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Ann Doran
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Joanna Pettet
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Julie Dawn Cole
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Timothy West
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Elspeth March
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Carol Lynley
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Gareth Thomas
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Jonathan Scott-Taylor
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Tom Smothers
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Bernard Kay
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Jan Francis
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Tim Woodward
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Ray Lonnen
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David Buck
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Neville Phillips
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Patrick Mower
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Denis Quilley
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Peter Barkworth
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Logan Ramsey
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Brad Dourif
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Hilary Mason
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Dick Smothers
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Phyllida Law
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Warren Clarke
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Keith Barron
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Liza Goddard
Liza Goddard
John Bailey
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Peter Cushing
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Nigel Havers
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Eleanor Bron
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Stuart Whitman
Stuart Whitma...
Peter Egan
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Tom Chadbon
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Jenny O'Hara
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Charles Hallahan
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Tony Longo
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John Castle
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Ron Moody
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Miriam Margolyes
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Gary Bond
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Bill Owen
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Julian Fellowes
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Joan Collins
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Katy Jurado
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Geoffrey Beevers
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Anthony Higgins
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Peter Firth
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Anna Neagle
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Zoë Wanamaker
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Dina Merrill
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Chaim Topol
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Hugh Fraser
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Samantha Eggar
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Peter Bowles
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James Greene
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Van Johnson
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Clive Swift
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Robert Arden
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Leslie Caron
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Roy Marsden
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John Carson
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Edward Albert
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Sondra Locke
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John Duttine
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June Ritchie
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Fulton Mackay
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Charles Keating
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Moray Watson
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Peter Copley
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Wendy Hiller
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Michael Byrne
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Frank Finlay
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Tara Buckman
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Hayley Mills
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Cherie Lunghi
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George Sewell
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David Cassidy
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Caroline Langrishe
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William Boyett
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Amanda Redman
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John Alderton
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Elaine Giftos
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Gary Burghoff
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Lois Smith
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Robert Morse
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Janet Leigh
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