My Uncle Oswald and Tales of the Unexpected


Publication of My Uncle Oswald; broadcast of Tales of the Unexpected



In 1979, Roald Dahl's longer comic novel for adults, My Uncle Oswald, is published. Featuring a character introduced by Roald in some of his earlier short stories, Oswald Hendryks Cornelius, the book tells the story of Oswald's exploits in the early years of the 20th century.

Also in 1979, Tales of the Unexpected, a British TV series based on Roald’s short stories, airs for the first time. As with the earlier American series 'Way Out, initially each episode began with an introduction from Roald and featured a dramatic adaptation of a short story. The first series focused on his own stories, including Man from the SouthLamb to the SlaughterThe Landlady and Skin

Tales of the Unexpected ran for several series between 1979 and 1988. After series one, the format was broadened to include short stories from other writers. Roald provided commentary for all episodes in series one to two, but in later series his introductions became a less regular feature of the show.

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