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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

Guest Stars
Jack WestonJack Weston
As William Botibol
Gladys SpencerGladys Spencer
As Sylvia

Co-Guest Stars
Michael TroughtonMichael Troughton
As Steward
David Healy (1)David Healy (1)
As Auctioneer
Don FellowsDon Fellows
As Renshaw
Davyd HarriesDavyd Harries
As Purser
Jana SheldonJana Sheldon
As Mrs. Renshaw (as Jana Shelden)
Bill ReimboldBill Reimbold
As Bidder
Elaine Ives-CameronElaine Ives-Cameron
As Woman Bidder (as Elaine Ives Cameron)
Ken BuckleKen Buckle
As Sailor
Main Cast
Roald DahlRoald Dahl
As Presenter
Episode Notes
This was the first episode of Tales of the Unexpected to be filmed.

Episode References
A tale from earlier in Mr. Botibol's life is the second season's story of Mr. Botibol's First Love.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJohn Woolf
ProducerJohn Rosenberg (1)
Associate ProducerKevin Goldstein-Jackson
EditorMichael O'Halloran
CastingJenia Reissar
MusicRon Grainer
Costume DesignerMichael Robbie  |  Jane Robinson
CinematographerIan Craig  |  Richard Crafter
Dubbing MixerCharles Earl
Sound RecordistTerence Barker
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