Imagine if Jackanory was set free from its childish shackles. What twisted, funny tales would it unleash upon the world?
Each episode of Crackanory contains two 15-minute tales and is a master class in storytelling, combining some of the UK's best comedy writers and performers.
Full author list: Nico Tatarowicz, Toby Davies, Kevin Eldon, Ali Crockatt, David Scott, Laurence Rickard, Jeremy Dyson, Simon Judd, Alex Carter and Holly Walsh, Kevin Eldon, Holly Walsh, Ed Easton, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Tony Way, Toby Davies, Dafydd James, Nico Tatarowicz, Alexander Kirk and Melissa Bubnic.
Full narrator list: Jack Dee, Sally Phillips, Rebecca Front, Kevin Eldon, Harry Enfield, Sarah Solemani, Sharon Horgan, Charlie Higson, Richard Hammond and Jessica Hynes, Simon Bird, Tamsin Greig, Morgana Robinson, Greg Davies, Robbie Coltrane, Sarah Millican, Catherine Tate, Richard Ayoade, Paul Whitehouse, Carrie Fisher, Jimmy Carr, Christopher Lloyd.
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Has a Few Stories Missing
It's hard to complain about getting the vast majority of this series in audio form for free, especially as I quite enjoyed a fair bit of Crackanory when I could catch it on TV. Some stories weren't to my taste, be it because of narration and/or the story itself (certain stories I found far too predictable and thus were quite boring to listen to, when I could tell exactly what would happen at every point), but overall, as a fan of things like Tales of the Unexpected, I found this mix of TotU and Jackanory quite a fun idea, and so I was pleased to find I could properly own the stories and listen to them whenever I want, thanks to Audible.
That said, in each release provided by Audible (originally, it was Series 1 and 2 released together, as Series 3 was not out at the time, and we've since had Series 3 released and subsequently, a release compiling the Series 1 & 2 and Series 3 releases together), there have been some stories missing, which is a shame. For instance, from Series 1, the first story of what was Episode 3 on TV ("The Teacup has Landed", read by Harry Enfield) is missing, and from Series 2, both stories that comprised Episode 4 ("Self Storage", read by Johnny Vegas and "The Obituary Writer", read by Meera Syal) and the first story of Episode 5 ("The Untangler", read by Warwick Davis) are all missing. Despite this, Harry Enfield still has been advertised as being a narrator on each of the releases of Series 1 & 2 on Audible.
There is at least one bonus story that was not seen on TV, in the form of "Legs & Co.", as read by David Baddiel, which was a nice enough addition, but it still feels odd that at least four stories can be counted as missing, especially when at least one of them is readily advertised.
As mentioned, it's very hard to complain about these releases from Audible, when they give them away for free, as part of their deal and sponsorship with Crackanory, but it would be nice to know why these stories were omitted, and possibly get them released too.
- AC Smith