Hacker: You said you'd heard this rumour, I said is it true, you said yes! Bernard: I said yes, it was true that it was a rumour. Hacker: You said you heard it was true! Bernard: No, I said it was true that I heard it!
And an even more belated reply from me! This series had passed under my radar when released by Network, so this thread inspired me to invest in the set, rather than waiting for it to appear on TPTV. The original run seems to have been a bit sporadic, with the first play shown in the summer of 1970, then a more consistent run in the dark winter evenings of January 1971, followed by a belated final edition in Jan 1973. The opening animated title sequence is simple but really unsettling, matched by an otherworldly theme by Roger Webb (possibly a library track, but perfect nonetheless). I've only seen the first three plays so far and I enjoyed them. They have a certain atmopshere that modern productions just can't seem to capture, for all their hi-def hi-tech-ery. 'Sugar & Spice' starring Sheila Hancock has an intense claustrophic feel from the off and gets really very dark indeed, as does the following story 'At Occupier's Risk', in which it was interesting to see a pre-Duchess of Duke Street Gemma Jones minus cockney accent. I suppose the pace would be seen as slow by modern audiences, but it allows the atmopshere to really build, aided by almost complete lack of background music. A ticking clock or an extended period of silence is incredibly creepy! The series is a typical studio-bound production of the time, but well directed and acted by some very familiar faces. Contributing writers include Richard Harris and Roger Marshall. The only jarring note is the dratted Fremantle Media logo which comes crashing in over the Thames production card at the end of each story. I know it has to be there but it doesn't half break the mood.
I really hope Network get around to releasing Thames 'Tales of Unease' from around the same time.