|Directed by||Richie Pengelley|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||4|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Executive producer||Arn Widdowson|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company||Tiger Aspect Productions|
|Original release||13 November 2013 –|
9 February 2017
Crackanory is a storytelling television series aimed at adults and inspired by the popular children's series Jackanory. It is broadcast on the UKTV channel Dave. Each episode features tales narrated by contemporary comedians and actors, containing a mix of live-action, original music and animation, all read from the same oversized chair, in a set consistent and reflective of the story. The first series attracted widespread critical acclaim and over half a million viewers to Dave. There are a number of reoccurring themes through the series, with the fictional company Tripec Plastics, the town of Specsham, and "fat Nicola from accounts" being frequently referenced.
- Harry Enfield "The Teacup Has Landed" by Nico Tatarowicz
- Sarah Solemani "Pleasure Drone" by Ali Crockatt and David Scott
- Sharon Horgan "The Translator" by Laurence Rickard
- Charlie Higson "The Road to Hell" by Jeremy Dyson
- Richard Hammond "Becoming Zoe" by Simon Judd and Alex Carter
- Jessica Hynes "My Former Self" by Holly Walsh
- Hugh Dennis "Head In the Clouds" by Jason Cook
- Stephen Mangan "The Newsreader" by Jane Bussmann and Naisola Grimwood
A second series was broadcast in 2014 and featured comedian Rik Mayall, who had recorded a story prior to his death. (He had performed George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl on the original Jackanory.) Channel boss Steve North called it a "complete privilege" to work with Mayall.
- Vic Reeves "In Space No-one Can Hear You Clean" by Nico Tatarowicz
- Rik Mayall "The Weatherman" by Tony Way
- Ben Miller "Man's Best Friend" by Alexander Kirk
- Sue Perkins "Return to Sender" by Melissa Bubnic
- Johnny Vegas "Self Storage" by Alexander Kirk
- Meera Syal "The Obituary Writer" by Katherine Jakeways, original story by David Crow and Oliver Maltman
- Simon Callow "Let Me Be the Judge" by Kevin Eldon
- Ruby Wax "I'm Still Here" by Ali Crockatt and David Scott
Live action actors in the second series included Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Rosie Cavaliero, Michael Fish, Alice Lowe, Elis James, Victoria Wicks, Lucy Montgomery, Dominic Coleman, Tom Meeten and Sara Pascoe.
The third series, commissioned by UKTV, was broadcast in December 2015 and was sponsored by the Amazon-owned digital audio service Audible. The guest story readers for the six-part series included Christopher Lloyd, known for his roles in long-running sitcom Taxi and as Doc Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy.
- Paul Whitehouse "Uncivil War" by Nico Tatarowicz
- Carrie Fisher "Dread and Breakfast" by Nico Tatarowicz
- Catherine Tate "The Catchment Area" by Holly Walsh
- Richard Ayoade "The Frogbeast of Pontfidd" by Toby Davies
- Jimmy Carr "The Zombie That Roared" by Alexander Kirk
- Christopher Lloyd "Di Sat Nav" by Melissa Bubnic
- Morgana Robinson "The Truth About Suz" by Edward Easton and Kiri Pritchard-McLean
- Greg Davies "The Vexed Message" by Tony Way
The fourth series, also commissioned by UKTV, was broadcast in January and February 2017. Each eight half-hour episode was contained one, not two stories, unlike in previous series. UKTV commissioning executive Tanya Qureshi stated that, "We are thrilled to be bringing back the award-winning Crackanory for a fourth time on Dave. It has become one of our landmark brands and the ambitions of the show continue to grow with each new series. We’re hugely excited to see the storytelling format evolve into a single narrative per episode, and to reveal the talented narrators who will be taking a seat in the iconic Crackanory chair."
- Dara Ó Briain "A Close Slave" by Tony Way
- Sheridan Smith "Living with a Lie" by Nico Tatarowicz
- Bob Mortimer "The Despot of Tea" by Arnold Widdowson
- Anna Friel "The Survivor" by Alexander Kirk
- Mel Giedroyc "Proxy Lady" by Katherine Jakeways
- Doc Brown, "Devil's Haircut" by Sarah Morgan
- Mackenzie Crook, "The Disappearance" by Toby Davies
- Miriam Margolyes, "Pickled" by Kevin Eldon
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