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I have flashes of one of my favourite ever videos as a kid, but I cannot for the life of me think of the name. I also can't remember much about it, which isn't helpful, I know, but it was very old and I must have watched it in the 90's.

Here's what I remember:
There was a narrator to the video and he was sat in a very old style cottage and was drinking tea. I think he had dark blonde hair. I'm having flashes of him wearing a red, maybe green, jumper. I'm not a 100% sure on that one. But basically he read fairy tales, and it would cut to the actual story then back to him in between. I'm pretty certain 'Red Riding Hood' was one of the stories. I can't remember much else.

I know it's not a lot to go on, but any ideas or suggestions may really help me. I just want to remember this as it was such a big part of my childhood and I think it's the one video I no longer have. I doubt this will help, but favourites I used to also love which were on video at the time where 'The Last Unicorn' and 'The Fun Song Factory'. Maybe that could help piece together a better date or something. Thank you so much for anything you can give me!

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I'm assuming you're based in the UK or maybe Australia? We don't use "jumper" in the US. :P – Catija Feb 9 '15 at 4:27

Could it have been Jim Henson's The Storyteller from 1988? John Hurt was narrating the stories, along with a talking dog puppet. The episodes had some animation, but were mostly live action and realistic puppets. Here are some Youtube clips:

Hans my Hedgehog

The Soldier and Death

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Aww I don't think it is :( it was a a much like happier and childish kind of style, if you get me, like he was sat by a fire in the cottage! But I actually think he did have a dog! So thanks a lot for helping me remember that and thanks a lot for your help! – Charlotte gelhardt Mar 31 '13 at 14:48

I think you're talking about an episode of Grim Tales, where Rik Mayall is the narrator of children's stories. He sits in a leather chair in a dim-lit room, wearing a red gown.

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Also, if this is the one, I'd suggest editing the tag 'identify-this-movie' to 'identify-this-tv-show' ;) – poepje Apr 16 '13 at 20:16
This would be my guess. I'll add a picture to peopje's answer simply because there is no such thing as too much Rik Mayall. – Nobby Apr 17 '13 at 13:50
Hm he also has a purple gown i see.... :p – poepje Apr 17 '13 at 14:30

No This was a VHS movie, I had it. There was "fairy Tales" "more fairy tales" and "even more fairy Tales" The stories were animated. I'm trying to find these videos hardcore. I think they were claymation, i remember watching the queen of hearts, rapunzel, red riding hood etc. i dont know the studio, but i remember the guy reading in the cottage and he was jolly. mayb this is not what you're talking about but it sounds similar to what i'm looking for. Just found what I was looking for. Ray Harryhausen Fairy tales. Check out youtube, theyre there***

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I am pretty sure you're talking about Hannah Barbara 'Timeless Tales' narrated by Olivia Newton-John. Google it. I used to watch these cartoons all the time in the 90s. Check out this youtube link of Rumplestiltskin:

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