Worst & Best Tales of the Unexpected Episodes/List

About the Series

Genre: UK Mystery/Fantasy/Horror Series
Series: 9
Episodes: 112
First Transmission: 1979-1988
Channel: ITV

Tales of the Unexpected is a British television anthology series.

Each episode told a different story, often with sinister and wryly comedic undertones, with an unexpected twist ending. Most of the episodes of series 1, series 2 and series 3 were based on short stories by Roald Dahl collected in the books Tales of the Unexpected.

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  Ron Grainer.

Throughout its run of 112 episodes, many famous British actors and some American actors made starring roles.


Best Episode ( S3 Ep1 )

The Flypaper – The police are dragging the marshes for a missing school-girl and a sinister man is being looked for after approaching other young girls. Schoolgirl Sylvia is on a bus on the way home when a friendly old man begins to talk to her.

9 August 1980

Imdb Score [8.3]



Worst Episode ( S7 Ep8 )

Wet Saturday – It is a wet Saturday and  Mr Princey learns that his daughter Millicent has hit and killed the man with whom she was obsessed with a croquet mallet. Mr Princey cannot afford a scandal so he tries to cover it all up. Nothing will go wrong. Will it?

7 July 1984

Imdb Score – [4.0]




Full Episode List

Key:-  Blue highlighted episodes rated in the top half, brown highlighted episodes rated in the bottom half.


Season One

Man from the South (1979)

Mrs Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat (1979)

William and Mary (1979)

Lamb to the Slaughter (1979)

The Landlady (1979)

Neck (1979)

Edward the Conqueror (1979)

A Dip in the Pool (1979)

The Way Up to Heaven (1979)


Season Two

Royal Jelly (1980)

Skin (1980)

Galloping Foxley (1980)

The Hitch-hiker (1980)

Poison (1980)

Fat Chance (1980)

Taste (1980)

My Lady Love, My Dove (1980)

Georgy Porgy (1980)

Depart in Peace (1980)

The Umbrella Man (1980)

Genesis and Catastrophe (1980)

Mr. Botibol’s First Love (1980)

Back for Christmas (1980)

The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby (1980)

The Man at the Top (1980)


Season Three

The Flypaper (1980)

A Picture of a Place (1980)

Proof of Guilt (1980)

Vengeance is Mine Inc. (1980)

A Girl Can’t Always Have Everything (1980)

Parson’s Pleasure (1980)

The Stinker (1980)

I’ll Be Seeing You (1980)

The Party (1980)


Season Four

Would You Believe it? (1981)

Vicious Circle (1981)

The Boy Who Talked with Animals (1981)

The Best of Everything (1981)

A Woman’s Help (1981)

Shatterproof (1981)

The Sound Machine (1981)

Never Speak Ill of the Dead (1981)

The Best Policy (1981)

The Last Bottle in the World (1981)

Kindly Dig Your Grave (1981)

Completely Foolproof (1981)

There’s One Born Every Minute (1981)

Bosom Friends (1981)

A Glowing Future (1981)

The Way to Do It (1981)

Hijack (1981)


Season Five

Blue Marigold (1982)

The Eavesdropper (1982)

Operation Safecrack (1982)

Run, Rabbit, Run (1982)

Stranger in Town (1982)

The Moles (1982)

Decoy (1982)

Pattern of Guilt (1982)

A Harmless Vanity (1982)

Death Can Add (1982)

Light Fingers (1982)

Death in the Morning (1982)

What Have You Been Up to Lately? (1982)

The Absence of Emily (1982)

In the Bag (1982)

A Man with a Fortune (1982)

Who’s Got the Lady? (1982)

The Skeleton Key (1982)


Season Six

A Passing Opportunity (1983)

The Memory Man (1983)

A Sad Loss (1983)

Clerical Error (1983)

Heir Presumptuous (1983)

Where’s Your Sense of Humour? (1983)

Down Among the Sheltering Palms (1983)

The Vorpal Blade (1983)

The Wrong ‘Un (1983)

The Luncheon (1983)

The Tribute (1983)

Hit and Run (1983)

Youth from Vienna (1983)

Turn of the Tide (1983)


Season Seven

The Dirty Detail (1984)

The Best Chess Player in the World (1984)

Proxy (1984)

Have a Nice Death (1984)

Number Eight (1984)

The Last of the Midnight Gardeners (1984)

The Gift of Beauty (1984)

Wet Saturday (1984)

Sauce for the Goose (1984)

Bird of Prey (1984)

I Like It Here in Wilmington (1984)

Accidental Death (1984)

The Reconciliation (1984)

The Mugger (1984)

The Open Window (1984)


Season Eight

People Don’t Do Such Things (1985)

In the Cards (1985)

Nothin’ Short of Highway Robbery (1985)

Scrimshaw (1985)


Season Nine

Skeleton in the Cupboard (1987)

The Colonel’s Lady (1988)

The Surgeon (1988)

The Verger (1988)

The Facts of Life (1988)

Wink Three Times (1988)

The Dead Don’t Steal (1988)

The Finger of Suspicion (1988)

A Time to Die (1988)

Mr. Know-All (1988)