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Tales of the Unexpected: A Dip in the Pool

William Botibol, a passenger on an ocean cruise, decides on a scheme to make himself some money. Each night, the captain estimates the ship's progress, and the numbers 'round that are auctioned. The winner collects the pot. As the ship has encountered rough seas, Botibol decides to purchase the "low field" - a wager that the ship will make poor progress - and he spends his last $1000 on this. So when the seas clear just a little too soon, Botibol realizes he is broke - unless he can delay the ship for just long enough to win. The method he chooses suggests, perhaps, the desperation of a gambler with his back up against the wall.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: 049638
Airdate: Saturday May 12th, 1979

Director: Michael Tuchner
Story: Roald Dahl
Teleplay: Ronald Harwood

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Guest Stars
Jack Weston
As William Botibol
Gladys Spencer
As Sylvia

Co-Guest Stars
David Healy (1)
As Auctioneer
Don Fellows
As Renshaw
Davyd Harries
As Purser
Jana Sheldon
As Mrs. Renshaw (as Jana Shelden)
Bill Reimbold
As Bidder
Elaine Ives-Cameron
As Woman Bidder (as Elaine Ives Cameron)
Ken Buckle
As Sailor
Main Cast
Roald Dahl
As Presenter
Episode References
A tale from earlier in Mr. Botibol's life is the second season's story of Mr. Botibol's First Love.

Warning: Tales of the Unexpected season 1 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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