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The Storyteller 

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An old storyteller tells European folk tales to his sarcastic dog.

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Jim Henson
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1989   1988   1987  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
John Hurt ...  The Storyteller 9 episodes, 1987-1988
Brian Henson ...  Storyteller's Dog / ... 9 episodes, 1987-1988
Frederick Warder ...  Giant / ... 3 episodes, 1987-1988
David Greenaway David Greenaway ...  Badger / ... 3 episodes, 1988
Robert Tygner Robert Tygner ...  Badger / ... 3 episodes, 1988
Alistair Fullarton Alistair Fullarton ...  Death / ... 3 episodes, 1988
Mak Wilson ...  Badger / ... 3 episodes, 1988
Diana Payan Diana Payan ...  Miller's Wife / ... 2 episodes, 1988
Robin Summers Robin Summers ...  Jailer / ... 2 episodes, 1987-1988
Michael Kilgarriff ...  Lion / ... 2 episodes, 1987-1988
Peter Marinker ...  Devil / ... 2 episodes, 1988
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A variety of European folk tales are retold in nine new stories. A soldier captures Death in a magic sack. A fearless young man sets out to learn to shudder. A boy with a destiny that frightens a tyrant is sent on an impossible task that will see him wed the princess, or dead. A storyteller must spin tales to stay alive. A woman bears a hedgehog-child who grows up to live alone in a castle until he does a king a favor and gets the princess's hand in return. A princess must keep silent while she works to free her brothers from an evil spell. A princess runs away from wedding her father and disguises herself as an ugly forest creature. A young boy must overcome a heartless giant. A princess searches the earth for her stolen bridegroom. Written by Kathy Li

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jim Henson's The Storyteller See more »

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(9 episodes) | (9 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lisa Henson had taken a course in folklore as an undergraduate at Harvard, and suggested to her father Jim, that he could use his creature shop to accurately realize these tales, and exploit the visual aspects of the stories. See more »

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The Storyteller: Ears pricked that shouldn't've.
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Spin-off The Storyteller: Greek Myths (1990) See more »

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19 January 2001 | by hitchsSee all my reviews

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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