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Series cast summary:
Bernard Cribbins ...  Himself - Storyteller / ... 39 episodes, 1966-1991
Bernard Holley ...  Himself - Storyteller 25 episodes, 1978-1991
Kenneth Williams ...  Himself - Storyteller / ... 24 episodes, 1968-1986
Ray Smith Ray Smith ...  Himself - Storyteller 23 episodes, 1967-1971
Rodney Bewes ...  Himself - Storyteller 22 episodes, 1966-1970
Dilys Hamlett ...  Herself - Storyteller 20 episodes, 1966-1967
Keith Barron ...  Storyteller 20 episodes, 1967-1971
Alan Bennett ...  Himself - Storyteller 19 episodes, 1968-1996
John Cairney ...  Storyteller 19 episodes, 1971-1974
Ronald Eyre Ronald Eyre ...  Storyteller 16 episodes, 1966-1971
Rosemary Leach ...  Storyteller 16 episodes, 1968-1971
Joe Melia ...  Storyteller 16 episodes, 1969-1971
John Grant John Grant ...  Storyteller / ... 16 episodes, 1968-1982
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A celebrity reads a story, enhancing it in ways that will entice the most restless of children.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

13 December 1965 (UK) See more »

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Джеканори See more »

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(3500 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Famous for its tantalizing cliffhanger endings between episodes of a story: "Charlie opened the door and saw... Well I'll tell you what he saw tomorrow. Bye bye." See more »

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Referenced in Bergerac: A Cry in the Night (1984) See more »

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The BBC's most regrettable axing
29 September 2003 | by de_niro_2001See all my reviews

I can't understand why the BBC chose to axe Jackanory. When it started in the 1960s its detractors said it would discourage kids from reading. The opposite was true. If a story was told on Jackanory it encouraged kids to read the book and maybe read more by the same author. Jackanory probably boosted sales of Roald Dahl's books in the UK. When I watched it I didn't know who most of the storytellers were but I would see them in a film or TV series and remember that they'd been on Jackanory. The BBC would usually choose an appropriate actor or actress to read the story. American stories were often read by Elaine Stritch or Al Mancini. Scottish stories were read by John Laurie, though on one occasion, Wendy Wood, who wasn't an actress but a staunch (to put it mildly) Scottish nationalist told traditional Scottish stories. As a kid I thought of Kenneth Williams as a Jackanory storyteller rather than as a star of the Carry On films. I still don't understand why it was axed. It deserved to be as permanent an institution as Blue Peter. One thing, though, if it was still going and it featured J K Rowling reading Harry Potter viewing figures would certainly rise. Harry Potter has certainly got kids back into reading so I think it's time to think about resurrecting Jackanory.


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