Faerie Tale Theatre: Season 2, Episode 2

The Nightingale (10 May 1983)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
The Emperor
Music Master
The Maid
Gardener / Minister
Gardener (as Chao-Li Chi)
Imperial Doctor
Ellen Wakamatsu ...
First Lady of the Court
Susan Haruye ...
Second Lady of the Court
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ...
Emperor's Bodyguard
Alberto Isaac ...
Servant #1
Maysie Hoy ...


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The production design was inspired by the work of French artist Edmond Dulac, who had in fact illustrated his own version of the fairy tale. See more »


Version of The Nightingale (1987) See more »

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Some Of The Finest Television Ever Produced
9 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Farie Tale Theatre' by Shelley Duvall is probably some of the finest television produced, at least as far as children's entertainment goes. 'The Nightengale' with Mick Jagger is probably the best of all the 'Farie Tale Theatre' productions in particular.

i used to watch 'FTT' back in the 80's and this one always stood out above all the others. i think this was always the one who got me hooked up on Shelley Duvall's kiddietainment. even though i was too old and in my twenties, i used to smoke and sit in front of the old tube-o watching mostly kiddie junk, cartoons and stuff. i always remembered this show and this segment particularly.

television on video tape is probably about the purest TV you'll get. but video tape stuff is often, cheesy, dated, and hardly ever anything attractive. this is one of the few exceptions. it's whole production is beautiful to the eye and ear and it uses the restrictions of video tape production to it's advantage.

this probably has the best set design and acting for this kind of television. as TV home theatre becomes more and more like theatrical movie theatres, traditional television like this seems more and more quaint. because of it's inherent staging, this feels more like actor's theatre than film and compliments the art and style of acting more than most mediums.

this is great stuff and great for kids and families. Mick Jagger is a rockin choice for a kid's teleplay and gives the whole thing a memorable importance and presence. if you truly love Fairy Tales, this is seriously good fun.

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