Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
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The police are dragging the marshes for a missing school-girl and a sinister man is approaching other young girls. Young Sylvia is on a bus on the way home from school when a friendly old ... See full summary »

Director:

Graham Evans

Writers:

Robin Chapman (dramatisation), Elizabeth Taylor (story)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Roald Dahl ... Himself - Introduced by
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Herbert
Pat Keen Pat Keen ... Vera
Lorna Yabsley Lorna Yabsley ... Sylvia
Peggy Thorpe-Bates Peggy Thorpe-Bates ... Mrs. Wilkinson
Stephanie Cole ... Miss Harrison
Anthony Smee Anthony Smee ... Vicar
Giles Phibbs Giles Phibbs ... Bus Conductor
Bernadette Windsor Bernadette Windsor ... Louise
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The police are dragging the marshes for a missing school-girl and a sinister man is approaching other young girls. Young Sylvia is on a bus on the way home from school when a friendly old man begins to talk to her. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1980 (UK) See more »

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Anglia Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Für Elise
(uncredited)
By Ludwig van Beethoven
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The out and out best, a chilling, nasty episode.
12 February 2016 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Schoolgirls are going missing, and Police are out searching. Young Sylvia is living with her Grandmother who doesn't particularly want her living there, she's hating everything, including her awful music lessons. After the latest lesson she heads home, but is aware of a man following her. On a bus journey he strikes up an uncomfortable talk with her, but she's rescued by a sweet, well meaning woman........

I am stunned this was written by Elizabeth Taylor. An insanely nasty story, which to this day holds up well, the sheer spite and true terror has not diminished in what's now approaching forty years, still a hugely relevant warning. That twist at the end is delivered in such a bleak way, it's horrible.

Filmed in Cambridgeshire, it's a particularly picturesque location, at such odds with the bleakness of the story.

Wonderfully well acted, young Lorna Yabsley is excellent as young Sylvia, Alfred Burke is incredibly nasty as Herbert, Pat Keen gives a top notch performance, her performance in this such a contrast to the funny one she gave in Fawlty Towers (The Annivesary.)

Even now I watch this with a total feeling of unease, a lump in my throat, and a discomfort. Tough viewing, but it is just outstanding, arguably the best episode of Tales.

No other score then 10/10


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