Jackanory Playhouse was a long-running British TV show that illustrated
fairy tales and short stories for children. Staring in 1972, the British
Broadcasting Company would commission seasoned actors to reenact famous
stories for children at home. Viewers could watch Rumpelstiltskin,
Pippi Longstocking, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Wonderful
Wizard of Oz come to life each week, as both veteran and up-and-coming
actors played out the pages of some classic books. The TV series ran for
thirteen consecutive seasons.