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Jackanory 50th Anniversary

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

I’ve recently found out my childhood, while wonderful, was missing out on one thing: ‘Jackanory‘. A BBC children’s television series designed to stimulate an interest in reading (not that I needed any coaxing). The format usually involved an actor reading from children’s novels or fairy tales, such as The Snow Queen or A Bear Called Paddington.

Jackanory-1960s

Although I missed out on ‘Jackanory’ in my childhood, the TV channel Dave have created ‘Crackanory’ – a Christmas special aimed at adults for the 50th anniversary of the show.

Jackanory-2006

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There’s still time to catch a few episodes this week: tonight Jimmy Carr tells the tale of ‘The Zombie That Roared’, and Christopher Lloyd reads ‘DI Sat Nav’, involving a disgraced police detective.

There’s no better way to pass the winter nights than sitting down by the TV with a good book – that someone else is reading.

Sophie, Editor


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