The Storyteller is a live-action/puppet television series. It was an American/British co-production which originally aired in 1987 and was created and produced by Jim Henson.The series retold various European fairy tales, created with a combination of actors and puppets. The framing device had an old storyteller (John Hurt) sitting by a fire telling each tale to his talking dog (a realistic looking puppet, performed and voiced by Brian Henson). The series was scored by Rachel Portman.
Each half-hour episode was written by Anthony Minghella. Only nine were completed:
"The Soldier and Death"*
"The Luck Child"
"A Story Short"
"Hans My Hedgehog"
"The Three Ravens"*
"The Heartless Giant"*
"The True Bride"*
* this episode first aired in the US as part of The Jim Henson Hour.
Henson later attempted a follow-up, Greek Myths, which had a different story-teller (Michael Gambon), but the same dog. The second series focused on Greek