OK, so maybe I lied, this isn’t strictly TV archives, but hey.
Back in 1983 Marshall Cavendish released what was to be the first of three main collections. Aptly named Story Teller 1, 2 and Little Story Teller. Story Tellers 1 and 2 comprised of 26 fortnightly parts each.
My parents bought the 4 year old me the first set of magazines as we went along. Each magazine had colouring pages and was accompanied by a cassette of the stories being read by the likes of Sheila Hancock reading Gobbolino the witch’s cat and the Shoe Tree or Bernard Cribbins reading the Hare and the Tortoise or the Emperor’s New Clothes .
I loved the stories, Gobbolino was one of my favourites, and because it was the first reading on the first cassette, I always associate this story with the Story Teller theme tune that accompanied the series.
Once again, random sporadic Google searches over the years turned up that this is in fact a piece of music called Children’s Carnival by Ted Atking and Alain Feanch.
If you’re familiar with the Story Teller version, you can clearly hear where this version was cut, removing the somewhat darker interlude in the middle before it’s picked up again. It’s quite easy to cut this version down to the ST version, I’ll try and dig mine out at some point.
(Not a clue who the creepy kid is!)
Not only did you get a great cassette to listen to, you also got 4 colouring pages per edition to look forward to!
That said, it wasn’t a cheap thing to buy for your child, not if you bought all that they had going!
- £50.70 for the magazines (26*1.95)
- £7.90 for two binders
- £4.20 for the cassette box
£62 quid was a lot of money where we were in 1982, that’s £212 in today’s money on the first collection in a year. No wonder my parents weren’t keen on me wanting the second collection the next year! Story Teller 2 didn’t sound as good at the time anyway!
If you want to find out more about Story Teller, Wikipedia has a good starting point.