Friday, August 20, 2010

TV FLASHBACK : TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED : NECK .. 1979

ANGLIA TELEVISION
 Presents

TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED

Introduced by ROALD DAHL .
PRESS BROCHURE

 NECK 
Starring

JOAN COLLINS as Lady Natalia Turton
MICHAEL ALDRIDGE as Sir Basil Turton 
SIR JOHN GIELGUD as Jelks 
PETER BOWLES as Major Jack Haddock 
CARMEN SILVERA as Carmen La Rosa 
PAUL HERZBERG as John Bannister 

Story by Roald Dahl ..... Teleplay by Robin Chapman ...  Music By Ron Granier .. 
  Produced by John Rosenberg ... Executive Producer .. Sir John Woolf .. Directed by Christopher Miles ..

Lady Turton rules the roost of her husbands publishing empire, not to mention their country mansion..While Sir Basil has an eye for art, Lady Natalia has an eye for young men! But when Sir Basil has to make a choice, his wife or his art...who will get the axe? When it comes to the chop...who will get it in the Neck!! 

JOAN & JOHN SIGNED
LADY TURTON GET FRIENDLY WITH HER HOUSEGUEST
This now classic mystery/suspense series ran for nine seasons from 1979 to 1988 and attracted a high caliber of guests.. This episode was the first of three, that Joan filmed , "Neck" been the most remembered. The series first began with introductions by celebrated writer Roald Dahl, whose stories featured in the early episodes. Later on the series featured stories by different authors and Dahl no longer introduced the series...
WHO GETS THE AXE!
PETER BOWLES GETS AHEAD!

NATALIA IS DUMBFOUNDED!
Joan had filmed the highly rated Noel Coward adaptation "Fallen Angels" for Anglia and it's head Sir John Woolf asked Joan if she would like to appear. She was more than delighted to take the role and even more so with the casting of one of her favourite actors Sir John Gielgud...John played the crafty old butler Jelks, to Joan's typical bitchy maneater Lady Turton.. Joan loved working with him and was intrigued by his sharp wit and tales of theater-land.. Sir John was equally enamored with Joan as he commented..." Joan is a very professional actress and we got along extremely well together, in fact she was quite perfect in the part..of course people expected some kind of cataclysmic happening with Joan and I working together.."
THE CAST SIGNED
MARTINI MADAM!







Both Joan and John are excellent in the episode, incidentally  Michael Aldridge who plays the diddering Sir Basil also appeared with Joan in "Fallen Angels".. The episode was directed by Christopher Miles who would team up again with Joan for the 1998 film "The Clandestine Marriage"... Will feature Georgy Porgy tomorrow!!

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