|Lady Cynthia having Tea.|
Dahl had set his heart on creating a TV show of Ghost Stories, I guess something similar to Hitchcocks TV show*, though oddly Dahl was not to be the presenter. Anyway, under the wise council of Lady Cynthia Asquith, he set about reading, and taking notes on, an heroic number of Ghost stories, most of which he considered to be total dross (but that's another story). He finally settled on 24 tales that tickled his fancy. He then selected the first story to be filmed as a pilot, namely 'The Hanging of Alfred Wadham' by E.F. Benson. It was all systems go and Dahl was on a roll.
Then the whole sorry saga takes a strange turn.
There seems to have been a show in the UK (also filmed in the USA) called Rendezvous (1957-?), and according to IMBD there was an episode called ''The Hanging of Alfred Wadham' staring Patrick McGoohan . An Edwin H. Knopfis is mentioned in the Credits, presumably the same Edwin who had encouraged Dahl to work on his abruptly abandoned TV series. There is, however, no mention of Dahl in the series overview, with the exception of one episode, 'Blind Landing", which was adapted by Dahl from his short story 'Beware of the Dog" It is all rather murky and mysterious. I can only hope that Dahl was glad to see his Benson story finally on screen, though why he didn't then include it in this 1983 anthology is anyone’s guess.
*Hitchcock had included one Dahl story in his show, namely Poison (1958)