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"I'll tell you a story,
About Jack a Nory,
And now my story's begun,
I'll tell you another,
Of Jack and his brother,
And now my story is done."

Long-running BBC show later moved to CBBC, in which a famous person would read a well-known children's book, typically in 15-minute chunks over the course of a week. The stories ranged widely, with Fairy Tales, Roald Dahl, Winnie-the-Pooh and The Moomins amongst many others. The storyteller would be in a location reflecting the story, and illustrations would appear.

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The show was relaunched in 2007, with John Sessions reading Muddle Earth and Sir Ben Kingsley reading The Magician of Samarkand. These had more of a dramatisation aspect to them than the originals, especially Muddle Earth. This did not lead to a further season, although Jackanory Junior was launched, reading picture books on CBeebies.


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