The Storyteller: Season 1, Episode 6

The Three Ravens (19 Jun. 1988)

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A witch has set her eyes on the widower king and manages to turn his three young sons into ravens. Their sister escapes the curse and vows to remain silent for three years, three months, ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Hines ...
Richard Butler ...
Second King
Alexander Crockatt ...
Brother #1
Brother #2
Jeremy Stuart ...
Brother #3


A witch has set her eyes on the widower king and manages to turn his three young sons into ravens. Their sister escapes the curse and vows to remain silent for three years, three months, three weeks, and three days in order to break the spell. But things become increasingly difficult when she falls in love with a prince who's new stepmother is the same witch that ruined her entire family. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Director Paul Weiland had previously worked with Jim Henson's Creature shop on a JVC commercial that featured an animatronic baby. See more »


Storyteller's Dog: Yes, but it wasn't three years, three months, three weeks, and three whole days, was it?
The Storyteller: No, clever clogs. The princess spoke three minutes too soon. And because of that her youngest brother kept one wing forever. But he didn't mind, and nor do I and nor, my dear, should you.
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Edited into The Jim Henson Hour: Food (1990) See more »

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What a Fantastic Story I Ever Seen
15 May 2014 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

After losing his beloved wife, a King (Jonathan Pryce) is bewitched by an evil witch (Miranda Richardson) to married him and get the throne. She sees his children will stand in her. She eventually find the children secret hiding place in the wood. The King discover her true nature and she turn the three princes into ravens, but the princess (a young Joely Richardson) escapes. The ravens tell her that she cannot speak for three years, or they remain ravens forever.

This story was good, I never heard of this story. After seen this and I finding out it was based on the Brothers Grimm underrated story "The Six Swans". The only differences the princes were turned into swans not raven. Miranda Richardson played the most hateful and evil character I ever seen but I don't blame the Storyteller's dog for hated her and John Hurt made a good narrator at every episode in this fascinating series. I wish they should made a movie out this story.

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