series: (1987; 24 x 30' episodes)

This anthology series features both human actors and creations from Jim Henson's Creature Shop in this retelling of classic folk tales, fables, and legends. The series stars John Hurt in the title role. Aided by his cynical dog, Hurt narrates fascinating tales that combine humor, intrigue, and magic. Academy Award-winning writer/director Anthony Minghella wrote the screenplays for all of the marvelous stories. These timeless tales feature such stars as Miranda Richardson, Sean Bean, Brena Blethyn, Gabrielle Anwar, Jennifer Saunders, Jane Horrocks and Jonathan Pryce.