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Jackanory is a BBC children's television series which was originally broadcast between 1965 to 1996. It was designed to stimulate an interest in reading. The show was first transmitted on 13 December 1965, and the first story was the fairy-tale "Cap-o'-Rushes" read by Lee Montague. Jackanory continued to be broadcast until 1996, with around 3,500 episodes in its 30-year run. The final story, The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne, was read by Alan Bennett and broadcast on 24 March 1996. The show was briefly revived on 27 November 2006 for two one-off stories, and the format was revived as Jackanory Junior on CBeebies between 2007 and 2009.

Jackanory
Jackanory-1960s.jpg
A title frame from the 1960s (top, the same font continued to be used throughout the 1970s)
GenreChildren's television
Created byJoy Whitby
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes3640 (2330 missing)
Production
Running time15 minutes
Release
Original networkBBC1 (1965–96)
CBBC (2006)
Picture format405-line (1965–69)
PAL (576i) (1969–96)
Original release13 December 1965 (1965-12-13) –
24 March 1996 (1996-03-25)
Chronology
Related showsJackanory Playhouse
Jackanory Junior

The show's format, which varied little over the decades, involved an actor reading from children's novels or folk tales, usually while seated in an armchair. From time to time the scene being read would be illustrated by a specially commissioned still drawing, often by Quentin Blake. Usually a single book would occupy five daily fifteen-minute episodes, from Monday to Friday.

A spin-off series was Jackanory Playhouse (1972–85), which was a series of thirty-minute dramatisations. These included a dramatisation by Philip Glassborow of the comical A. A. Milne story "The Princess Who Couldn't Laugh".

TitleEdit

The show's title comes from an old English nursery rhyme:

I'll tell you a story
About Jack a Nory,
And now my story's begun;
I'll tell you another
Of Jack and his brother,
And now my story is done.[1]

The rhyme was first recorded in the publication The Top Book of All, for little Masters and Misses, which appeared about 1760.[1]

RevivalEdit

 
The logo of the 2006 version. Still comes from the opening of The Magician of Samarkand

In November 2006 Jackanory briefly returned with comedian John Sessions as the revived programme's first narrator reading the Lord of the Rings parody Muddle Earth, written by Paul Stewart (and illustrator Chris Riddell). The second narrator was Sir Ben Kingsley, reading The Magician of Samarkand by Alan Temperley. They were broadcast in three 15 minute slots on CBBC and BBC One and later repeated in their entirety on BBC One on consecutive Sundays.[2] The readings of Muddle Earth were heavily accompanied by animation and featured John Sessions speaking the lines of all the animated characters (and occasionally reading those of Joe whenever he wasn't on-screen), leading to criticism that the spirit of the original programme, a single voice telling a tale with minimal distractions, had been lost. (The original series had occasionally included dramatised material, in e.g. 1984's Starstormers by Nicholas Fisk, and increasingly so towards the end of its run in the mid-1990s.) The Magician of Samarkand was a similar production, without additional actors speaking lines; Ben Kingsley read both the story and the lines of all the characters. Both of these stories were produced and directed by Nick Willing.[2][3]

Both stories were released on DVD in their entirety with added bonus features (galleries with images from the stories and a behind-the-scenes film for Muddle Earth).

Jackanory JuniorEdit

A version of Jackanory for younger children—called Jackanory Junior—was shown on CBeebies between 2007 and 2009.[4] The CBeebies Bedtime Stories strand continues the tradition of well-known actors and personalities reading stories directly to camera.[5]

StoriesEdit

A partial list of stories includes:

Series 1 - December 13, 1965 - July 29, 1966
Episode Story Written By Read By Original Air Date
1 Cap of Rushes Lee Montague Dec 13, 1965
2 Mr. and Mrs. Vinegar Lee Montague Dec 14, 1965
3 Master of All Masters Lee Montague Dec 15, 1965
4 Tom Thumb Lee Montague Dec 16, 1965
5 Dick Whittington Lee Montague Dec 17, 1965
6 The Squirrel, the Hare, and the Little Grey Rabbit Wendy Hiller Dec 20, 1965
7 How Little Grey Rabbit Got Back Her Tail Wendy Hiller Dec 21, 1965
8 Wise Owl's Story Wendy Hiller Dec 22, 1965
9 Squirrel Goes Skating Wendy Hiller Dec 23, 1965
10 Little Grey Rabbit's Christmas Wendy Hiller Dec 24, 1965
11 Presents Brian Way Dec 27, 1965
12 Lights Brian Way Dec 28, 1965
13 Glass Brian Way Dec 29, 1965
14 Bells Brian Way Dec 30, 1965
15 Time Brian Way Dec 31, 1965
16 The Snow Queen: Part 1 - Kay and Gerda Hans Christian Andersen Enid Lorimer Jan 3, 1966
17 The Snow Queen: Part 2 - Gerda and the Magic Flower Garden Hans Christian Andersen Enid Lorimer Jan 4, 1966
18 The Snow Queen: Part 3 - The Crow's Castle Hans Christian Andersen Enid Lorimer Jan 5, 1966
19 The Snow Queen: Part 4 - The Robber Girl Hans Christian Andersen Enid Lorimer Jan 6, 1966
20 The Snow Queen: Part 5 - The End of the Story Hans Christian Andersen Enid Lorimer Jan 7, 1966
21 The Wonderful Tar Baby George Browne Jan 10, 1966
22 Brer Rabbit Makes a Fool of Brer Fox George Browne Jan 11, 1966
23 Brer Rabbit Steals the Peas George Browne Jan 12, 1966
24 Brer Fox Goes Calling on Mrs. Goose George Browne Jan 13, 1966
25 Brer Rabbit Goes Shopping George Browne Jan 14, 1966
26 Mary Poppins Comes Back: Part 1 - The Kite Hattie Jacques Jan 17, 1966
27 Mary Poppins Comes Back: Part 2 - Topsy-Turvy Hattie Jacques Jan 18, 1966
28 Mary Poppins Comes Back: Part 3 - The Evening Out Hattie Jacques Jan 19, 1966
29 Mary Poppins Comes Back: Part 4 - Balloons and Balloons Hattie Jacques Jan 20, 1966
30 Mary Poppins Comes Back: Part 5 - Merry-Go-Round Hattie Jacques Jan 21, 1966
31 High Tobyman Patrick Boyle Jan 24, 1966
32 The London Rider Patrick Boyle Jan 25, 1966
33 A Purse of Gold Patrick Boyle Jan 26, 1966
34 The Smugglers at the White Horse Patrick Boyle Jan 27, 1966
35 The Arundel Flyer Patrick Boyle Jan 28, 1966
36 The Musicians of Bremen Town Dilys Hamlett Jan 31, 1966
37 The Frog Prince Dilys Hamlett Feb 1, 1966
38 The Goose-girl Dilys Hamlett Feb 2, 1966
39 Rumpelstiltskin Dilys Hamlett Feb 3, 1966
40 The Twelve Dancing Princesses Dilys Hamlett Feb 4, 1966
41 Gulliver Starts on His Travels Alfred Marks Feb 7, 1966
42 Trouble in Lilliput Alfred Marks Feb 8, 1966
43 Lost on Brobdingnag Alfred Marks Feb 9, 1966
44 The Island of Horses Alfred Marks Feb 10, 1966
45 Gulliver in Space Alfred Marks Feb 11, 1966
46 The Tale of Little Pig Robinson Margaret Rutherford Feb 14, 1966
47 The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle Margaret Rutherford Feb 15, 1966
48 The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse Margaret Rutherford Feb 16, 1966
49 The Tale of Mr. Tod Margaret Rutherford Feb 17, 1966
50 The Tale of Beatrix Potter Margaret Rutherford Feb 18, 1966
51 The Spider's Palace Gordon Rollings Feb 21, 1966
52 The Dark Child Gordon Rollings Feb 22, 1966
53 Living in W'ales Gordon Rollings Feb 23, 1966
54 The Magic Glass Gordon Rollings Feb 24, 1966
55 The Invitation Gordon Rollings Feb 25, 1966
56 Finn Family Moomintroll: Part 1 - The Hobgoblin's Hat Mai Zetterling Feb 28, 1966
57 Finn Family Moomintroll: Part 2 - Moomintroll is Changed Mai Zetterling Mar 1, 1966
58 Finn Family Moomintroll: Part 3 - An Excursion to Lonely Island Mai Zetterling Mar 2, 1966
59 Finn Family Moomintroll: Part 4 - Snork Maiden's Discovery Mai Zetterling Mar 3, 1966
60 Finn Family Moomintroll: Part 5 - The Hobgoblin's Wishes Mai Zetterling Mar 4, 1966
61 The Cutty Sark Bob Roberts Mar 7, 1966
62 Foggy Weather Bob Roberts Mar 8, 1966
63 The Mystery of the 'Mary Celeste' Bob Roberts Mar 9, 1966
64 The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter Bob Roberts Mar 10, 1966
65 A Duel at Sea Bob Roberts Mar 11, 1966
66 Please Look After This Bear Michael Bond Thora Hird Mar 14, 1966
67 A Bear in Hot Water Michael Bond Thora Hird Mar 15, 1966
68 Paddington Goes Underground Michael Bond Thora Hird Mar 16, 1966
69 A Shopping Expedition Michael Bond Thora Hird Mar 17, 1966
70 A Disappearing Trick Michael Bond Thora Hird Mar 18, 1966
71 The Legend of Perseus: Part 1 - The Sword, the Shield and the Sandals Compton Mackenzie Mar 21, 1966
72 The Legend of Perseus: Part 2 - The Head of Medusa Compton Mackenzie Mar 22, 1966
73 The Legend of Perseus: Part 3 - Andromeda and the Sea Monster Compton Mackenzie Mar 23, 1966
74 The Legend of Theseus: Part 1 - Return to Attica Compton Mackenzie Mar 24, 1966
75 The Legend of Theseus: Part 2 - The Labyrinth Compton Mackenzie Mar 25, 1966
76 The Happy Lion Louise Fatio Bridget Searle Mar 28, 1966
77 The Happy Lion Roars Louise Fatio Bridget Searle Mar 29, 1966
78 The Three Happy Lions Louise Fatio Bridget Searle Mar 30, 1966
79 The Happy Lion in Africa Louise Fatio Bridget Searle Mar 31, 1966
80 Emil and the Detectives: Part 1 - The Journey Erich Kästner Lee Montague Apr 4, 1966
81 Emil and the Detectives: Part 2 - Alone in Berlin Erich Kästner Lee Montague Apr 5, 1966
82 Emil and the Detectives: Part 3 - The Detectives Erich Kästner Lee Montague Apr 6, 1966
83 Emil and the Detectives: Part 4 - Lying in Wait Erich Kästner Lee Montague Apr 7, 1966
84 Emil and the Detectives: Part 5 - Saved by a Pinprick Erich Kästner Lee Montague Apr 8, 1966
85 The Little Mermaid: Part 1: - Kingdom Under the Sea Hans Christian Andersen Enid Lorimer Apr 12, 1966
86 The Little Mermaid: Part 2: -The Shipwreck Hans Christian Andersen Enid Lorimer Apr 13, 1966
87 The Little Mermaid: Part 3: -The Sea Witch Hans Christian Andersen Enid Lorimer Apr 14, 1966
88 The Little Mermaid: Part 4: -The Cold Sea Hans Christian Andersen Enid Lorimer Apr 15, 1966
89 The Faery Flag of Dunvegan James Robertson Justice Apr 18, 1966
90 The Battle of the Birds James Robertson Justice Apr 19, 1966
91 Diarmid of the Shield James Robertson Justice Apr 20, 1966
92 The Soldier's Tale James Robertson Justice Apr 21, 1966
93 The Black Bull of Norroway James Robertson Justice Apr 22, 1966
94 The Golliwogg's Bicycle Club Dilys Hamlett Apr 25, 1966
95 The Golliwogg's Polar Adventures Dilys Hamlett Apr 26, 1966
96 The Goliwogg's Air Ship Dilys Hamlett Apr 27, 1966
97 The Golliwogg in Holland Dilys Hamlett Apr 28, 1966
98 The Golliwogg at the Seaside Dilys Hamlett Apr 29, 1966
99 The Lion Ronald Eyre May 2, 1966
100 The Donkey Ronald Eyre May 3, 1966
101 The Wren Ronald Eyre May 4, 1966
102 The Hare Ronald Eyre May 5, 1966
103 The Tiger, the Monkey, the Snake, the Goldsmith and the Poor Scholar Ronald Eyre May 6, 1966
104 Bed-Knob and Broomstick: Part 1 - Riding on a Broomstick Mary Norton Jean Anderson May 9, 1966
105 Bed-Knob and Broomstick: Part 2 - A Witch's Workroom Mary Norton Jean Anderson May 10, 1966
106 Bed-Knob and Broomstick: Part 3 - Magic at the Police Station Mary Norton Jean Anderson May 11, 1966
107 Bed-Knob and Broomstick: Part 4 - The Island of Ueepe Mary Norton Jean Anderson May 12, 1966
108 Bed-Knob and Broomstick: Part 5 - Saved by the Broomstick Mary Norton Jean Anderson May 13, 1966
109 The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods Michel Saint-Denis May 16, 1966
110 Puss in Boots Michel Saint-Denis May 17, 1966
111 The Old Woman at the Well Michel Saint-Denis May 18, 1966
112 Riquet of the Tuft Michel Saint-Denis May 19, 1966
113 The Little Glass Slipper Michel Saint-Denis May 20, 1966
114 Charlotte's Web: Part 1 - Introducing Wilbur E. B. White Caroline Benn May 23, 1966
115 Charlotte's Web: Part 2 - Wilbur Meets Charlotte E. B. White Caroline Benn May 30, 1966
116 Charlotte's Web: Part 3 - The Miracle E. B. White Caroline Benn May 25, 1966
117 Charlotte's Web: Part 4 - Wilbur Feels Radiant E. B. White Caroline Benn May 26, 1966
118 Charlotte's Web: Part 5 - The Country Fair and After E. B. White Caroline Benn May 27, 1966
119 Orlando the Marmalade Cat: A Camping Holiday Charles Leno May 30, 1966
120 Orlando's Evening Out Charles Leno May 31, 1966
121 Orlando's Invisible Pyjamas Charles Leno Jun 1, 1966
122 A Trip Abroad Charles Leno Jun 2, 1966
123 Orlando Buys a Farm Charles Leno Jun 3, 1966
124 The Green Kitten Eileen Colwell Jun 6, 1966
125 Bertha Goldfoot Eileen Colwell Jun 7, 1966
126 The Little Lady's Roses Eileen Colwell Jun 8, 1966
127 Nella's Dancing Shoes Eileen Colwell Jun 9, 1966
128 Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep Eileen Colwell Jun 10, 1966
129 Brer Rabbit Steals the Goober Peas George Browne Jun 13, 1966
130 Brer Rabbit Makes a Fool of Brer Fox George Browne Jun 15, 1966
131 Five Children and It: Part 1 - Not Like Any Fairy You Ever Saw Rosalind Knight Jun 20, 1966
132 Five Children and It: Part 2 - I Don't See How We're Going to Spend It All! Rosalind Knight Jun 21, 1966
133 Five Children and It: Part 3 - Is That the Whole Truth? Rosalind Knight Jun 22, 1966
134 Five Children and It: Part 4 - I Won't Answer for Him When the Sun Sets! Rosalind Knight Jun 23, 1966
135 Five Children and It: Part 5 - Leave Me Go, or I'll Bite Rosalind Knight Jun 24, 1966
136 Pegasus the Winged Avenger Harry H. Corbett Jun 27, 1966
137 Bayard the Charger Harry H. Corbett Jun 28, 1966
138 The Horses of the Foolish People Harry H. Corbett Jun 29, 1966
139 The Wish Horse Harry H. Corbett Jun 30, 1966
140 The Magic Fishbone Charles Dickens Anna Massey Jul 4, 1966
141 Princess September Anna Massey Jul 5, 1966
142 The Princess and the Vagabond Anna Massey Jul 6, 1966
143 The Potted Princess Rudyard Kipling Anna Massey Jul 7, 1966
144 The Toy Princess Anna Massey Jul 8, 1966
145 The Story of Beowulf: Part 1 - The Great Hall of the Danes Stratford Johns Jul 11, 1966
146 The Story of Beowulf: Part 2 - Beowulf Challenges the Demon Stratford Johns Jul 12, 1966
147 The Story of Beowulf: Part 3 - I Will Fight the Demon Without a Sword Stratford Johns Jul 13, 1966
148 The Story of Beowulf: Part 4 - The Demon Woman Stratford Johns Jul 14, 1966
149 The Story of Beowulf: Part 5 - Home Across the Sea Stratford Johns Jul 15, 1966
150 Ameliaranne Goes Digging Sheila Hancock Jul 18, 1966
151 Ameliaranne Camps Out Sheila Hancock Jul 19, 1966
152 Ameliaranne Bridesmaid Sheila Hancock Jul 20, 1966
153 Ameliaranne Moving-Day Sheila Hancock Jul 21, 1966
154 Ameliaranne and the Green Umbrella Sheila Hancock Jul 22, 1966
155 The Battle of the Giants Carl Schell Jul 25, 1966
156 Three Strange Men Carl Schell Jul 26, 1966
157 The Legend of William Tell Carl Schell Jul 27, 1966
158 The Conspiracy of the Red Sleeves Carl Schell Jul 28, 1966
159 The King of the Bears Carl Schell Jul 29, 1966

List of readersEdit

Cultural influenceEdit

Philip Glenister, in character as Gene Hunt, made an appearance on Jackanory as the guest reader in the Ashes to Ashes series 2 finale, set in 1982, which Alex Drake (Keeley Hawes) imagines being transmitted to her television set.[7]

"Jackanory, jackanory" said by someone in the sing-song tones of the theme tune indicates that he/she thinks that someone else is making up or "stretching" a story, i.e. lying.[8]

In 2013 the UK TV Network Dave launched Crackanory as an adult version Jackanory. Each Crackanory episode features two 15-minute tales narrated by contemporary comedians and actors, containing a mix of live action and animation as per the original.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b I. Opie and P. Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Oxford University Press, 1951, 2nd ed., 1997), p. 233.
  2. ^ a b "BBC NEWS - Entertainment - Jackanory to return with Kingsley". bbc.co.uk.
  3. ^ "Nick Willing". IMDb.
  4. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Who's reading the story on Jackanory?". bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ "CBeebies Bedtime Stories". bbc.co.uk. 7 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Stories from Russia (Jackanory Story Books): Amazon.co.uk: unknown: Books". amazon.co.uk.
  7. ^ Jackanory With Gene Hunt. YouTube. 9 June 2009. Archived from the original on 18 December 2015.
  8. ^ Cassell's Dictionary of Slang. Jonathon Green. Pub. Cassel & Co. ISBN 0-304-35167-9
  9. ^ Powder Blue Internet Business Solutions. "Crackanory". chortle.co.uk.

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