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THE UNFORESEEN

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THE UNFORESEEN

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CBC Production

(IMBD say a UK Granada Production, the ITV station based in Manchester, England  - this is  incorrect)

Executive Producer Peter Francis

Produced by Melwyn Breen (verified on "The Oddball")

Produced by Harry Horner (verified on "Desire")

 

Canadian Anthology Series  1958-60   ? episodes x 30min

 

CBC airdates: Thu 8:30-9:00 p.m., 02Oct1958 - 02Apr1959 (season 1)

CBC airdates: Wed 10:00-10:30 p.m., 28Oct1959 - 09Mar1960 (season 2)

 

As the anthology drama format eroded in U.S. television,

it was modified into series that had more unified approaches,

even though they might not follow the story of a single set

of characters from week to week. The CBC anticipated the

example of "The Twilight Zone", which started in l959, with

"The Unforeseen", which succeeded "On Camera" as the network's

half-hour weekly drama. As the title suggested, "The Unforeseen"

presented suspense drama, or stories with a surprise twist at

the end, not necessarily futuristic narratives or tales of the supernatural.

 

Previously, the supervising producer of television

drama oversaw the production of the half-hour drama, but Peter Francis

was delegated responsibility as executive producer of The

Unforeseen. Although the thematic limits of the series were pretty loose, they

strained the capabilities of the contemporary writers.

Administrator Hugh Gauntlett remarked, "...we found that by over- specializing the

series it was difficult for us to get scripts from our Canadian

writers. We had a fair number of playwrights who could write a story

involving a personal situation with which they were familiar, but what we lacked was

the sort of skilled craftsman who could be given this sort of assignment,

think for a few moments, and the come up with the sort of suspense

story of mystery that the series demanded." (Quoted, Roger Lee Jackson, "An

Historical and Analytical Study...," 1966)

Consequently, very few of the scripts were original stories by Canadian writers;

among the exceptions were Donald Jack and Peter Francis himself.

 

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CBC Thursdays  8:30-9:00 p.m.

(02Oct1958 - 2Apr1959)

 

[--] The Unforeseen: CABIN B-13

22Apr59 (30 min BW)

Producer/Director Paul Almond

Adapted by Lester Powell

From a story by John Dickson Carr

Starring:

James Doohan

Susan Douglas

 

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CBC Wednesdays  10:00-10:30 p.m.

(28Oct1959 - 09Mar1960) 

 

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[--] The Unforseen: THE THREE MARKED PENNIES (30 min)

15Jan61 Tyne-Tees UK, Sun 11:00pm

Written by Mary ELizabeth Counselman

Starring:

Ed McNamara ............ Haverty

Kay Livingston ......... Callie

George Luscombe ........ Bud

Alex McKee ............. Carlton

Peg Dixon .............. Effie

Sandra Scott ........... Beulah

Marjorie Leete ......... Maybelle

Douglas Master ......... Nickelson

Austin Clark ........... Stacey

Synopsis:

High excitement comes to the sleep town of Blakesville when posters

are mysteriously plastered all over town announcing an unusual contest

which offers "gifts" to the people who receive one of three marked

pennies that have been put into circulation. The three gifts are

$100,000 cash, a trip around the world - and death!

 

x.2 The Unforeseen: THE TIN-TYPE (30 min)

05Jul60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate)  

Starring:

Patrick Macnee

Aileen Seaton

(UK syndicated airdate: 29Jan61 ITV Tyne-Tees, Sun

11:00 pm)

 

x.3 The Unforeseen: WHEN GREEK MEETS GREEK

12Jul60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate)

Starring: 

Paddy Croft

Barry Morse

 

x.4 The Unforeseen: THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS

19Jul60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate)

Starring:

Barry Lavender

Claude Rae

 

x.5 The Unforeseen: THE LATE DEPARTED

26Jul60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate)

Starring:   

Norma Renault

Joseph Shaw

 

x.6 The Unforeseen: THE NEW MEMBER

02Aug60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate) 

Starring:

Peter Mews

 

x.7 The Unforeseen: THE MASK

09Aug60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate)

Starring:

Barry Morse

 

x.8 The Unforeseen: THE MONSTERS

16Aug60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate)

Starring:

John Sullivan

John Vernon

 

x.9 The Unforeseen: MASTER USED-TO-BE

23Aug60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate) 

Starring:

Hayward Morse

(UK syndicated airdate: 23Aug60 Granada UK, Tue 11:25 pm)

 

x.10 The Unforeseen: TIME EXPOSURE

30Aug60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate)   

Starring:

Dave Broadfoot

Peggi Loder

 

x.11 The Unforeseen: RENDEZVOUS  (30 min)

06Sep60

Starring:

Jill Foster ............ Jane

Frank Perry ............ Hank

Sydney Brown ........... Train Conductor

Walter Massey .......... Brady

Synopsis:

Some people often wish that they could be invisible, but Hank Edwards

finds that it can have many disadvantages. This is a tale about an

invisible man and a girl who is the only person who can see him.

(UK syndicated airdate: 30Apr61 ITV Tyne-Tees UK, Sun

11:00 pm)

 

x.12 The Unforeseen: TORGUT 

13Sep60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate)

Starring: 

Uriel Luft

Tudi Wiggins

 

x.13 The Unforeseen: THE THREE MARKED PENNIES (30 min)

20Sep60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate)     

Written by Mary ELizabeth Counselman

Starring:

Ed McNamara ............ Haverty

Kay Livingston ......... Callie

George Luscombe ........ Bud

Alex McKee ............. Carlton

Peg Dixon .............. Effie

Sandra Scott ........... Beulah

Marjorie Leete ......... Maybelle

Douglas Master ......... Nickelson

Austin Clark ........... Stacey

Synopsis:

High excitement comes to the sleep town of

Blakesville when posters are mysteriously plastered all over town

announcing an unusual contest which offers "gifts" to the people who receive

one of three marked pennies that have been put into circulation. The

three gifts are $100,000 cash, a trip around the world - and

death!  

(UK syndicated airdate:  15Jan61 ITV Tyne-Tees, Sun 11:00pm) 

 

X.14 The Unforeseen: DESIRE (30 min)

27Sep60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate)

Executive Producer, Peter Francis

Produced by Harry Horner     

Written by James Stephens

Directed by ?        

Guest Cast:

Barry Morse

Frances Hyland

Ted Burrows

Synopsis:

A young couple kiss in a Spanish street - it is their wedding

anniversary. Behind them, a blind man is nearly run down by a horse

and carriage. The young man saves him from almost certain death -

in return for which the blind man asks what he can do for gratitude.

At first the idea is laughed at - but then the young wife grows

frightened.

(UK syndicated airdate: 19Mar61,ITV Tyne-Tees UK, Sun

11:00 pm)

 

x.15 The Unforeseen: CHECKMATE

04Oct60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate)   

Starring:

John Colicos

Chris Wiggins

 

x.16 The Unforeseen: THE PROPOSAL

11Oct60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate) 

Starring:

Peg Dixon

Anna Reiser

George Sperdakos

 

x.17 The Unforeseen: THE BROOCH

18Oct60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate) 

Starring:

Gillie Fenwick

Kathleen Kidd

Hedley Mattingly

 

x.18 The Unforeseen: THE HAUNTED

25Oct960 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate)   

Starring:

Frank Mathias

 

x.19 The Unforeseen: THE METRONOME

01Nov60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate) 

Starring:

Norma Renault

 

x.20 The Unforeseen: SHELTER FOR THE NIGHT

08Nov60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate) 

Starring:

Sharon Acker

William Bell

Larry D. Mann ....  (as Larry Mann)

 

x.21 The Unforeseen: THE DOOMDORF MYSTERY

15Nov60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate)  

Starring:

Ron Hartman

Charles Palmer

 

x.22 The Unforeseen: MAN RUNNING

22Nov60 (airdate on imdb - possibly UK ITV Granada airdate) 

Starring:

Larry D. Mann

 

X.23 The Unforeseen: THE ODDBALL (not on imdb)

Produced by Melwyn Breen

Starring:

Tom Harvey .............. Adam Parker

Corinne Conley .......... Cathy        

Murray Senens ........... Father  

Jane Mallett ............ Mother

Roberta Maxwell ......... Laurie

Rex Hagon ............... Chris

Ed McNamara ............. Marty Bentley

Larry Mann .............. Reporter

Pam Hyatt ............... Alice

Eric Lane ............... Howie Banks

Douglas Ney ............. Ralph Blake

Synopsis:

Salesman Adam Parker is happily married to Cathy, a

television commentator. Their two children are becoming wild and

undisciplined under a succession of housekeepers. Adam decides to

keep house - he likes housework - but his wealthy in-laws are

extremely embarrassed by his abnormal way of life, and pressure

is brought to bear.

(UK syndicated airdate: 25Nov60 ITV A-R London, Fri 11:00pm)

(This episode was NOT billed as "The Unforeseen" on this UK airing - but my gut feeling is that it belongs to this

series.) [DM]

 

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