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JACKANORY 1965

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In the words of the nursery rhyme that gave the show its title: I’ll tell you a story about Jackanory. The beloved BBC children’s television series ran from 1965 to 1996 with the aim of inspiring a love of reading. Each 15-minute episode saw a well-known star read a classic story with the help of costumes and illustrations, looking straight down the camera as if speaking directly to each young viewer. Actors, comedians and personalities longed to get the call from Jackanory, but few could spin a yarn like Kenneth Williams (pictured here in 1978). The star of the saucy Carry On films appeared in 69 episodes – only Bernard Cribbins did more (111) – thanks to his range of voices and wonderfully expressive style.

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