A tall tale told short …

A tall tale told short …

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I am sure most of you will be familiar with Roald Dahl’s collections of short stories. Many of these stories were adapted for television and featured in the TV series Tales of the Unexpected which aired between 1979 and 1988.

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Dahl himself provided a brief introduction to each episode.
In ‘Mrs Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat‘ he gave an insight into his writing process … 

“This is a play about a very expensive mink coat. The original story is quite short. But I’m such a ridiculously slow writer that it took me something like 5 months to get the thing finished which is more than 600 working hours. That probably sounds a bit silly to you. In trying to work the plot out properly I took so many wrong turnings and went up so many blind alleys I nearly went crazy. Don’t forget a short-story writer is working in miniature and he can’t afford to splash his paint all over the canvas. He has to be extremely precise. I find it very difficult.”

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