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  • Summary

  • Imagine if Jackanory was set free from its childish shackles. What twisted, funny tales would it unleash upon the world? Inspired by the popular children's TV show Crackanory combines some of the UK's best comedy writers and performers.

    From much-loved funnyman Jack Dee narrating a story of a man who quickly becomes the World's most-hated after tweeting a celebrity to actress and writer Sharon Hogan telling a story of a political translator getting creative with her interpreting, expect to be amused further by the likes of Hugh Dennis, Sally Phillips and Richard Hammond.

    ©2016 UKTV (P)2016 UKTV
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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: Bitter Tweet

    May 3 2018

    Darren becomes the most hated man in the world within fifteen minutes of tweeting a rude message to a pop superstar.

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    14 mins
  • Ep. 2: What Peebee Did Next

    May 3 2018

    When a much-loved toymaker suddenly dies, his family is shocked when he is stuffed and returned - shouting pre-recorded messages at them twenty-four hours a day.

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    14 mins
  • Ep. 3: Fakespeare

    May 3 2018

    An author of erotic thrillers discovers an unknown Shakespeare but accidentally destroys the manuscript - so has to rewrite the play from scratch.

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    14 mins

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short stories

really good collection of short stories, good to listen to, to while away time or to settle down sleep to . offten wanting the story to continue.

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Darkly comic adult stories

Darkly comic adult stories, some excellent ideas that kept my attention through.

Just series 1, an Audible exclusive. I never saw the TV series but did hear about it, and was very happy to see this in an audio format, as of course, stories such as these are designed for listening to.

Eleven stories, each read by a 'name', each only 15 minutes in length. So SO dark in places, but brilliantly comic, each with their own little moral lesson at the end.

My favourites were 'Bitter Tweet', about the impact of one Twitter comment on the life of the sender, 'Fakespeare' about a newly-found Shakespeare play and the writer who discovers it, and 'Becoming Zoe' and the postman's obsessive love for one of his customers.

Each story comes from a different writer, and the talent on display is apparent, each keeping a similar tone and pace. It's all very adult, relevant and contemporary, each could be filmed as a TV series I would say.

No reader hindered the storytelling, a few stories I didn't find as strong/memorable as the others, but that is down to personal taste. I loved having these to listen to on commutes/walks, and would definitely like to hear further episodes from the series.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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Not really my cup of tea

Thought it would be funnier than it actually was and for me, it was a little disturbing. Just listened to 3 of them. They were performed brilliantly, the readers stuck to the childlike, "Hello, I'm ... and the story I'm going to read is about..." which was funny, really got the Jackanory thing there. Overall: not really my cup of tea.

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brilliant!

I have listened to these repeatedly. Great to pass the time. No regrets at all.

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short and sweet

if only all stories were this short and interesting...I could find time to read everything, appeases the ADHD

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Kept me entertained

enjoyable and entertaining short stories each with a contemporary theme, particularly liked the Newsreader story

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great fun

love all the fun, twisted little tales. Well performed by all the readers. Highly recommend all the collections.

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A few great stories here

I enjoyed a lot of these stories, they were great when short of time

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enjoyable listen

enjoyed the different styles of narration each one complimenting the story. look forward to season 2.

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BRILLIANT

Really great listening. Funny,clever and brilliantly read. When ever you need to just relax and escape for 15 mins you just need to listen to one of these excellent stories.

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  • 29-03-21

Very entertaining stories

Completely hold my attention, Great narration and performances from all the actors. Highly recommended. I’m a huge fan of Holly Walsh and her comedy/writing and this series does not disappoint.