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Jackanory (TV Series 1965–1996) Poster

(1965–1996)

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This programme takes its title from the nursery rhyme: "I'll tell you a story about Jack-a-Nory, And now my story's begun; I'll tell you another about Jack and his brother, And now my story's done."
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Alan Bennett's reading of A.A. Milne's "The House at Pooh Corner" was the last ever story to be broadcast on Jackanory before the series was cancelled after some 3500 episodes because of falling ratings.
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The three most frequent readers were Bernard Cribbins who presented 111 episodes; Kenneth Williams who presented 69 episodes; and John Grant who presented 55 episodes, narrating and illustrating his own stories about a caveman called Littlenose.
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Famous for its tantalizing cliffhanger endings between episodes of a story: "Charlie opened the door and saw... Well I'll tell you what he saw tomorrow. Bye bye."
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The celebrities who appeared on the show chose what stories they would read, then after the show got copyright the writer would write up a script.
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