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Jackanory is a children's television program on the BBC, in which stories are read to children. Over the years, many actors provided the part of narrator, including Brian Blessed, David Buck, Judi Dench, Marian Diamond, Michael Hordern, Martin Jarvis, Ian McKellen and Prunella Scales. It was re-released on 3 October 2013; the boxset was illustrated by Jemima Catlin.

The Hobbit


The 3,000th programme begins a special presentation in ten parts, with four storytellers, of The Hobbit. In the search for dragon-guarded gold, Bilbo Baggins and 13 dwarves encounter trolls, goblins, elves and giant spiders - and many other adventures.[1]



The ten episodes were aired on BBC1, on weekdays from 4:25 to 4:40 PM

  1. October 1: An Unexpected Party
  2. October 2: Over Hill and Under Hill
  3. October 3: Riddles in the Dark
  4. October 4: Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire
  5. October 5: Flies and Spiders
  6. October 8: Barrels Out of Bond
  7. October 9: Inside Information
  8. October 10: Fire and Water
  9. October 11: The Clouds Burst
  10. October 12: The Last Stage

According to David Wood, Tolkien Estate don't allow the release on VHS. [3]


  1. Radio Times, Volume 225, No. 2916, September 27, 1979
  2. The Hobbit: Jackanory, liner notes
  3. David Wood's Guestbook, http://davidwood.org.uk/talk_to_david/index.php?permalink=true&entry=195 Acessed 06 May 2014

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