Season 1, Episode 4 A Story Short
First Aired: June 5, 1988
In "A Story Short," the Storyteller (John Hurt) runs out of stories as he nears the end of a yearlong punishment in which he must tell the king (Richard Vernon) a new story every day---or be boiled in oil. Beggar: John Kavanagh. Cook: Bryan Pringle. Storyteller's Wife: Brenda Blethyn. Queen: Sarah Crowden.