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"The Storyteller" (1987) More at IMDbPro »TV mini-series 1987-

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The Storyteller: :  -- An old storyteller and his sarcastic dog tell obscure fairtales.

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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
15 May 1988 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
An old storyteller tells European folk tales to his sarcastic dog. Full summary »
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Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The best See more (28 total) »

Cast

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John Hurt ... The Storyteller (9 episodes, 1987-1988)

Brian Henson ... Storyteller's Dog / ... (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
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Series Directed by
Steve Barron (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jim Henson (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Writing credits
Anthony Minghella (9 episodes, 1987-1988)

Jim Henson (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Martin G. Baker .... associate producer (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jim Henson .... executive producer (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
Duncan Kenworthy .... producer (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Original Music by
Rachel Portman (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Cinematography by
John Fenner (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Film Editing by
David Yardley (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
Colin Green (3 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Casting by
Debbie McWilliams (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Production Design by
Roger Hall (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Costume Design by
Ann Hollowood (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
Polly Smith (7 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Makeup Department
Sally Sutton .... makeup supervisor (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Production Management
Chris Carr .... production supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop / production supervisor: Jimi Henson's Creature Shop (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
Donald Toms .... production manager (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barry Wasserman .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mark Layton .... third assistant director (4 episodes, 1988)
Terry Madden .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1988)
Callum McDougall .... key second assistant director (4 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Art Department
Dean Coldham .... plaster department (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
Micky Mills .... props (9 episodes, 1987-1988)

Paul Bradburn .... props (unknown episodes)
John Davis .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Peter Sutton .... sound recordist (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
Steve Cookman .... post-production sound (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Nigel Read .... post-production sound (4 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Special Effects by
Jane Gootnick .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop / special creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Stephenson .... creative supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mike Osborn .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (6 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ron Mueck .... special creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop / creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Geoff Paige .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Cas Willing .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Nigel Booth .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Stephen Norrington .... special creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop / creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Schoonraad .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Dave Housman .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (4 episodes, 1988)
Steve Donald .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Verner Gresty .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Chris Barton .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (3 episodes, 1988)
Gary Pollard .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (3 episodes, 1988)
Paul Catling .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop / special creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Barrington-Holt .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (2 episodes, 1988)
Pauline Fowler .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (2 episodes, 1988)
Jim Sandys .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (2 episodes, 1988)
Polly Smith .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (2 episodes, 1988)
Nik Williams .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Taylor .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daryl Bristow .... wardrobe supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Sue Taylor .... post-production coordinator (4 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Other crew
Philip Morris .... production assistant (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
J. Nigel Pickard .... series consultant (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
Monica Rogers .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
Lissa Ruben .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
Brian Bailey .... production accountant (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jim Henson's The Storyteller" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
225 min (9 episodes) | 25 min (9 episodes)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The number "3" features in every episode of the series: - The Soldier and Death - The Soldier helps 3 beggars and is rewarded each time. He also captures 3 geese the first time he uses the magic sack and later has of a family of 3 (wife, son, and Soldier). - Fearnot - Fearnot comes from a family of 3 (father, brother and Fearnot) and was tricked by 3 bullies early in the story. It takes 3 encounters before he finally learns how to shudder (encountering the swamp creature, the half-demon in the castle, and the thought of losing his sweetheart). - The Luck Child - Lucky survives 3 attempts on his life by the wicked King (thrown over a cliff, sent to the castle with a letter instructing the queen to kill him, and being sent to the Griffin's lair). - A Story Short - The Storyteller loses to the Beggar 3 times while playing dice. He loses his money, his wife and his own self. - Hans My Hedgehog - The Princess, after marrying the Grovelhog, learns he sheds his quills each night and she has to keep it a secret for 3 nights in order to break the curse. When she fails and he runs away, she searches the world and wears out 3 pairs of iron shoes in the process. - The Three Ravens - After the Princess's 3 brothers are transformed into ravens, she has to keep silent for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days to break the curse. She also gives birth to 3 sons after marrying the Prince, and speaks 3 minutes before noon (happening to call out 3 times) on the appointed day. - Sapsorrow - Youngest of 3 daughters, Sapsorrow commissions the making of 3 dresses to stall the arranged marriage with her father. She then wears those 3 dresses on 3 different nights to woo the Prince. - The Heartless Giant - Youngest of 3 princes, Leo tries to find the Heartless Giant that he released. On the way, he helps 3 animals (bird, fish and wolf) who later aid him. When Leo tries to find where the Giant's heart is hidden, he finds out on the third try. - The True Bride - Anja completes 3 tasks given to her by the troll (with the help of the Thought Lion). The Lion also gives her 3 walnuts with gifts hidden inside to barter with the Trollop.See more »
Quotes:
The Storyteller:[opening lines] When people told themselves their past with stories, explained their present with stories, foretold the future with stories, the best place by the fire was kept for... The Storyteller.See more »
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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
The best, 19 January 2001
Author: Stephen Hitchings from Sydney, Australia

This is the best television series for children (and adults) ever. John Hurt is a great actor, with many excellent performances over many years, but he was born to play the storyteller. The scripts for almost every episode are superb pieces of craftsmanship, and the productions run the gamut of the emotions, being alternately funny, sad, happy, exciting, and always hauntingly beautiful. It is hard to pick a best episode from so many excellent contenders, but "The Soldier and Death", with its timeless pathos, is unbeatable. It is a series to watch with your children, over and over again.

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