"The Three Ravens" is a folk tale about a cunning spellcaster (Miranda Richardson) who puts a curse on her royal stepsons because they stand between her and the throne. Storyteller: John Hurt. Princess: Joely Richardson. King: Jonathan Pryce.
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.
“The Luck Child,” the seventh son of a seventh son, is a peasant lad (Steven Mackintosh) who, it is foretold, will one day be king if he can avoid the deadly traps of the cruel present ruler (Philip Jackson). Princess: Catherine Bradshaw.
John Hurt is the Storyteller in "Fearnot," a medieval tale of a young boy's quest to experience something he's never known before---fear. Fearnot: Reece Dinsdale. Tinker: Willie Ross. Half-Man: Frederick Warder. Lidia: Gabrielle Anwar.