Jim Henson's The Storyteller

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 9

    The True Bride

    Aired 7/10/88

  • S 1 : Ep 8

    The Heartless Giant

    Aired 7/3/88

  • S 1 : Ep 7

    Sapsorrow

    Aired 6/26/88

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    The Three Ravens

    Aired 6/19/88

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Hans My Hedgehog

    Aired 6/12/88

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Hurt

    The Storyteller

  • Brian Henson

    Storyteller's Dog

  • Sean Bean

    Prince

  • Miranda Richardson

    The Witch

  • Geoffrey Bayldon

    King

  • show Description
  • "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." The Storyteller, shown in 1988, starred John Hurt as the Storyteller and with the help of Jim Henson's Workshop of muppets, actors, voices and costumes as well as visual effects, brought a new dimension to television. Nine stories were shown in this series, which was followed a few years later by Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Greek Myths. This series was to feature some of Britain's finest actors of the time and some who would propel themselves into the international limelight within the next few years. Sean Bean, Jane Horrocks, Brenda Blethyn, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Joely Richardson, Bob Peck, Alison Doody, Gabrielle Anwar, Jonathan Pryce and Miranda Richardson all appeared during the show's short run. The real stars of each episode, however, are The Storyteller and his dog, voiced by Brian Henson. Please note that the synopses in the episode list and the episode guide detail most or all of the story for that episode and will spoil the shows if you are planning on watching.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Soldier: Do you know what this is? Death: A sack. Soldier: If this is a sack, then get in it.

    • The Heartless Giant: Far away, so far you cannot fathom it. So high, you cannot climb it; is a mountain. And in the mountain is a lake, and in the lake is an island, in the island is a church, in the church is a well, in the well is a duck, in the duck is an egg - and in the egg is my heart.

    • Peasant Woman: (to anja) That Trollop is so greedy! See's Gold she wants it, Silver she snatches it! She collects fine young men like ornaments (rolls eyes) "My Ornamen," she calls them.

    • The Storyteller: Trolls come at the bottom of the list of people you want as friends. They are revolting. Trolls. They can't even stand each other.

    Notes (18)

    • This episode won the Houston International Film & Video Festival/Festival of the Americas "Gold Medal Award" in 1988.

    • This episode won a Golden Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival for "Television Production/Children's Programming" in 1988.

    • This episode won the Grand Award at the International Film and Television Festival of New York for "Best Children's Program" in 1988.

    • For this episode, David Yardley won the International Monitor Award for "Best Editor in Children's Programming" in 1988.

    • You get to see the whole quivering Storyteller's Dog here as he hides in the corner, scared by a tiny spider. But between him and the Storyteller; they both are afraid of spiders, rats, the dark, invisible shadows and just about everything else. Not much then.

    • A good story, particularly the character of the very large griffin. The character, voice and size of this creature makes you believe that this creature not only looks real, but is truly alive. (Visual effects and camerawork come into to play here).

    • This episode won the Parent's Choice Award for "Best in Broadcasting for young people" in 1987

    • This episode won the Golden Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1987

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    Trivia (1)

    • Apparently, the Storyteller's dog's name is Cloggs.

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • The Storyteller, shown in 1988, starred John Hurt as the Storyteller and with the help of Jim Henson's Workshop of muppets, actors, voices and costumes as well as visual effects, brought a new dimension to television.

    By KAF17, Sep 14, 2008

  • A must-watch collection of folk tales.

    By zhulien, Jul 20, 2005

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