Jim Henson's The Storyteller

Season 1 Episode 7

Sapsorrow

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Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Jun 26, 1988 on NBC
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A king has three daughters, two bad and one good, the good daughter has many friends in the animal friends that hide in her pockets, under her bed and in her room. As there is no queen and by tradition the king cannot marry until a special ring is worn. All come to try and none can fit the unusual ring. The two bad daughters, fearing a new step-mother will get their inheritance, decide to try the ring themselves to stop their father from ever marrying. The youngest, good daughter comes along and when their father turns up hides the ring on her finger - her ring finger and it fits. She cannot marry her father, but she cannot ignore the law. Locked in her room, the princess says she will not marry until a dress, a special dress is made; this will take time and meanwhile she asks her animal friends to help her as she hatches a plan. Then another dress has to be found for wedding feast, but a third is needed for the church. All three dresses are made and the wedding will take place the next day. But the princess disappears and only Sapsorrow is seen running away, a creature of fur and feathers, the creation of her animal friends for all those weeks she shut herself in her room. Two years later a creature works in the house of a king, cleaning the floors of the kitchen. There she meets a prince. At a ball, where the eligible prince sits, a beautiful woman dances with him until the music stops. At the second ball, the prince is all alone to where the beautiful woman comes again, until she runs away again. Meanwhile, the Scraggletag creature has more runs in with the prince. A third night, after the ball Sapsorrow comes to the prince again, before running away leaving her golden slipper behind. So the prince proclaims that whoever fits the slipper, he, the prince will marry. Scraggletag decides to go try to where she sees her two bad sisters trying the slipper and finds about the death of her father. Then Scraggletag tries the shoe and the prince agrees to keep his promise to where the truth is revealed.moreless

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

      • A bit of interactivity here. A fallen handkerchief from the story onto the Storyteller's dog and a spat from the Badsister 2 and the Storyteller's dog - when the bad sisters blames Sapsorrow for playing with the ring and the Badsister 2 tells the Storyteller's Dog to stay out of protesting, when Sapsorrow tries to explain why she tried on the ring. Note also, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders as the bad sisters.

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