So for Day 21, I thought I would go back into the world of Roald Dahl and grab a couple of adaptations of his short stories from the aforementioned anthology Kiss Kiss. And this led me to Tales of the Unexpected, the series we’ve mentioned before but somehow never posted anything from. It has, quite frankly, one of the oddest opening credit sequences I have ever seen. So if you’re pressed for time you should at least check that out.
But you should catch the episodes as well. There’s “The Landlady,” in which a young traveler finds a nice cozy bed and breakfast to lodge at…and then “Royal Jelly,” about a miracle cure for an ailing infant. When I looked up the anthology on Wikipedia (which is always right–and my copy has been read to nearly pieces, so I don’t open it unless I’m going to actually read it), they said of Dahl that he didn’t write horror but simply the macabre. And that’s a perfect way to describe his adult fiction. Enjoy.
Both of these episodes are taken from the first two seasons, which appear to be out of print (but still available) on DVD.