The Novel

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 1

    Little Men

    Aired

  • S 2 : Ep 8

    Tom Brown's School Days

    Aired

  • S 2 : Ep 7

    The Scarlet Pimpernel

    Aired

  • S 2 : Ep 6

    The Little Princess

    Aired

  • S 2 : Ep 5

    Little Lord Fauntleroy

    Aired

  • Cast & Crew
  • Maurice Denham

    Animals' Voices

  • Paul Lally

    Narrator

  • David Long

    Time Traveller

  • Gordon Heath

    Narrator

  • Jane Symons

    Adele

  • show Description
  • For Children's Television International (CTI), the production of The Novel spanned ten years and reflected the changing climate Reaganomics introduced. In 1980, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) agreed to provide funds for a sixteen-part CTI series called The Novel. The premise was similar to an earlier production called The Short Story. Legendary school television producers Paul Lally and John Robbins were among those named to stage adaptations of scenes from various novels. Three shows (The Time Machine, The Awakening, and Maggie: A Girl of the Streets) were filmed in 1980. The next year, though, with Ronald Reagan in office, the U.S. economy was changed dramatically. NEH withdrew its funding of further CTI productions. Ray Gladfelter, CTI president and executive producer of all CTI series, needed an alternative. Gladfelter finally found it in 1984, by extracting public-domain films for The Novel and future CTI productions. Thus CTI became the American Movie Classics of ITV. All of the "Story" credits in the Episode Guide are identified in the credits either for "Screenplay" (for the three aforementioned dramatizations) or "Adaptation" (for all other programs).moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • "Unlike these static figures, the Time Traveller is dynamic, learning and changing, as he begins his travels in the most uncertain future." —Uncredited narrator

    • "Few of us will ever know the blessings of a peaceful old age." —Old Major

    Notes (1)

    • This episode had the least exposure of any in the history of The Novel. Project director Bruce Joffe and executive producer Ray Gladfelter were uncertain that the animated Animal Farm, extracted in this program, was public domain. Rather than go to court over the use of this program, Gladfelter and Joffe replaced it with "Little Men" (identified here as Season 3, Episode 17).

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