Sunday, 11 October 2015
Alongside folktales, classic fairy tales and long established writers such as Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, Beatrix Potter and P.L. Travers it also featured stories by less recognisable or less mainstream authors such as J. G. Ballard, Joan Aiken and Richard Hughes.
Bernard Cribbins (who read some 114 different stories) and other well known British TV icons such as Brian Cant, Thora Hird and Joyce Grenfell through 7 different incarnations of The Doctor (numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 & War) to international superstars like Peter Sellers, Michael Palin and Judi Dench.
In 2006, 10 years after the original series ended, the BBC produced two new stories and also dedicated several hours of BBC4 to a celebration of the show.
Norman Hunter read by Kenneth Williams and Philippa Pearce's 'A Dog So Small' read by Judi Dench. These are followed by an hour long documentary (it starts at 29:05 for those who don't want the stories) and then two more stories, Rik Mayall's full on reading of Roald Dahl's 'George's Marvellous Medicine' and finally Alan Bennett reading A.A. Milne's 'The House at Pooh Corner'. The whole thing is compered by, who else, Bernard Cribbins.