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Tales of the Unexpected

Season 3 1980
TV-PG

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  • 1980-08-08T23:00:00Z on ITV
  • 25 mins
  • 3 hours, 45 mins (9 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Drama
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9 episodes

3x01 The Flypaper

  • Season Premiere

    1980-08-08T23:00:00Z — 25 mins

A young girl is being followed by a stalker and is glad to take shelter with the elderly Miss Harrison, who lives in a caravan - but the girl is still in danger, and she disappears.... what has happened to her, and who was the stalker?
At the end of the programme, an old man joins Miss Harrison in her caravan, and we see that it is near a lake...

3x02 A Picture of a Place

  • 1980-08-15T23:00:00Z — 25 mins

Hazel is a gullible old widow whose farm-house is full of antiques, and Merv is a charming con-man who buys a valuable picture from her for a knock-down price... but, somehow, all is not quite as it seems.

3x03 Proof of Guilt

  • 1980-08-22T23:00:00Z — 25 mins

Hard-bitten police inspector Walters has a murder on his hands that he can't crack. The prime suspect is George Stamford, who was alone in a locked room with the dead man when he was shot - but Stamford is admitting nothing, and there is no evidence against him...

3x04 Vengeance Is Mine Inc.

  • 1980-08-29T23:00:00Z — 25 mins

Tom and George, two young college graduates who are out of work in New York, offer satisfaction to the victims of Lionel Brewster, the city's most scurrilous gossip columnist - for a price.
Mrs Wilbur has a job for 'Vengeance is Mine Inc', but she gets rather more for her money than she asked for.

Suzy Starr and Pat Lewis are actresses in a touring theatre company, but it doesn't give them a glittering lifestyle. They can hardly pay the rent on their shared apartment.
Then the theatre company finds a rich new backer, Herbert, a middle-aged widower.
Suzy is selfish and takes what she wants. She smartly cottons on to Herbert and soon has a mink coat and a sports car out of him. Then Herbert wants her to marry him, but she's less thrilled - she prefers to make use of him but to have fun with other men behind his back.
Suzy needs Pat's help - and Pat is under no illusions about Suzy. And Suzy isn't as clever as she thinks...

3x06 Parson's Pleasure

  • 1980-11-30T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Cyril Boggis is a rogue antique dealer who goes around posing as a clergyman and describing himself as President of the Society for the Preservation of Rare Furniture. Cyril makes a handsome living by buying valuable antiques cheap and selling them to Storker, another dealer.
One day, Cyril calls on old Farmer Rummins and buys a piece of furniture from him which he knows is worth a fortune. He looks forward to making a huge profit on it - but his luck may be about to run out.

3x07 The Stinker

  • 1980-12-07T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Jack Cutler is an arrogant millionaire, and in middle age he runs into the meek Harold Tinker, a fellow he was at school with - Tinker remembers being bullied by Cutler, who called him ""Stinker Tinker"". Cutler offers Tinker a job, and, to please his beautiful wife, Tinker accepts. But his old resentment and loathing for Cutler have not gone away, and when he suspects his wife is having an affair with his new boss, something explodes...

3x08 I'll Be Seeing You

  • 1980-12-14T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Roland Trent is married to the rich, beautiful, bitchy Vivien. He prefers to be with his young mistress, Anna, who is nearly blind and needs looking after, but leaving Vivien will leave Roland penniless. Nevertheless, he makes up his mind to leave his wife to be with Anna - but Vivien plans to make his suffering more human than financial...

3x09 The Party

  • 1980-12-19T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Christmas is in sight, and for Harry Knox, the elderly manager of a toy factory, it is always an unhappy time of year. But this Christmas looks even worse when Harry hears a rumour that the factory is being taken over by foreigners. Then comes the news that young Leighton is organising an office disco the night before the staff party which Henry has been running for many years. The writing is on the wall for Henry's party and his job - he decides his bosses want to push him out, after forty years of loyal service, and he is so enraged that he sets fire to the factory. But there was more to the planned party than Harry realized...

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