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  • Devil's Haircut

    Doc Brown reads this superbly twisted tale, set in '40s New York. A baritone sells his soul to the devil to ensure his barbershop quartet wins a competition.

  • The Disappearance

    Mackenzie Crook spins this twisted yarn. An illusionist performs his 'the lady vanishes' act rather too well and wonders if he has genuine magic powers.

  • Pickled

    New. A twisted tale from the fantastical mind of Kevin Eldon. A hapless former aristocrat stumbles upon an old house with a strange inhabitant. Miriam Margolyes narrates.

Episode guide

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Series 1

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    Are you sitting comfortably? Jackanory gets a reboot as famous faces read comic tales. Jack Dee and Sally Phillips narrate stories about a Twitter addict and a dead toymaker!

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  • 02

    Bedtime stories for big kids! Kevin Eldon tells a twisted tale about a man driven to insanity, while Rebecca Front narrates a story about a hack writer who finds a lost Bard play.

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  • 03

    Twisted tales read by Harry Enfield and Sarah Solemani. An office worker takes on a high-street coffee chain and a downtrodden librarian gains access to a CIA military drone!

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  • 04

    Sharon Horgan and Charlie Higson read two darkly comic tales. A translator changes the world order at a political summit. A young female motorist breaks down on Walpurgis Night.

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  • 05

    Amusing stories for adults, read by Richard Hammond and Jessica Hynes. A postman reads his crush's mail to learn what makes her tick and a woman meets her eight-year-old self.

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  • 06

    Star-studded storytime! Stephen Mangan and Hugh Dennis narrate funny yarns about a newsreader interviewing an evil dictator and a care assistant who moonlights as a superhero.

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Series 2

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    Super stories for big kids! A cleaner is accidentally launched into space and a weatherman controls the climate in two tales read by Vic Reeves and the late, great Rik Mayall.

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    Ben Miller and Sue Perkins read two superbly twisted tales. A scientist creates the perfect wife using his dog's brain and a convict escapes from jail by mailing herself out!

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    Party guests fear for their lives and earthquake survivors consider cannibalism. David Mitchell and Katherine Parkinson are your star storytellers for these ripping dark yarns.

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    Are you sitting comfortably? Then Johnny Vegas and Meera Syal will begin. Today's wicked tales are about a murderous obit writer and a man who finds relics from his dodgy past.

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    Warwick Davis and Emilia Fox narrate darkly comic tales. A man with a gift for untangling things tries to woo a princess. A wife is framed for a murder plot - by her own hubby.

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    Ruby Wax and Simon Callow spin these sublime yarns. A TV talent show judge gets a brutal taste of his own medicine and a street performer poses as a statue to foil an art heist.

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Series 3

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  • Paul Whitehouse (Uncivil War) & Carrie Fisher (Dread and Breakfast)

    Dave's award-winning adult short story series. Paul Whitehouse's dark yarn centres on a reenactment group. Carrie 'Leia' Fisher narrates a twisted tale about a mysterious hotel.

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  • Catherine Tate (The Catchment Area) & Richard Ayoade (The Frogbeast of Pontfidd)

    Darkly comic bedtime reading - for big kids only. Star storytellers Catherine Tate and Richard Ayoade spin yarns about sought-after school catchment areas and a deadly beast.

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  • Jimmy Carr (The Zombie That Roared) & Christopher Lloyd (DI Sat Nav)

    Great Scott! The legendary Doc himself, Christopher Lloyd, narrates a darkly comic tale about a detective's haunted sat nav. Jimmy Carr recites a ghoulish zombie story.

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  • Robbie Coltrane (The Last Laugh) & Sarah Milican (Abattnoir)

    It's Cracker-nory as Robbie Coltrane narrates a fiendish tale about a panto that faces a bomb threat. An abbatoir worker can't bear killing cows in Sarah Millican's dark yarn.

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  • Morgana Robinson (The Truth About Suz) & Greg Davies (The Vexed Message)

    The very funny Morgana Robinson and Greg Davies lend their vocal skills to two twisted tales about an office awards ceremony and a man who mistakenly sends his boss a text.

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  • Simon Bird (Unlucky for Sam) & Tamsin Greig (Bob's House)

    The final chapter - for now - of Dave's sublime adult story series, with tales about a superstitious landlady and a man hiding a CIA agent. Simon Bird and Tamsin Greig narrate.

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Series 4

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  • A Close Slave

    New. Dave's original short story series returns with Dara O Briain narrating. A Roman slave helps his playwright master finish his latest opus - but at what cost?

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  • Living with a Lie

    Darkly comic tales. A writer fabricates an elderly relative to get time off work to start his novel - but his lie comes to life! Told by Sheridan Smith.

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  • The Despot of Tea

    Are you sitting comfortably? Bob Mortimer spins this dark, witty yarn about an out-of-work actor who makes a smash-hit advert for tea in a former Soviet state.

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  • The Survivor

    In 1850, a man wakes after a long illness and finds he is being cared for by strangers - but isn't allowed to leave the house. Anna Friel is your star storyteller.

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  • Proxy Lady

    Bedtime reading for us big kids. Beth is contacted by a shy girl who used her image on a dating site and now wants Beth to meet her new beau. Mel Giedroyc narrates.

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  • Devil's Haircut

    Doc Brown reads this superbly twisted tale, set in '40s New York. A baritone sells his soul to the devil to ensure his barbershop quartet wins a competition.

  • The Disappearance

    Mackenzie Crook spins this twisted yarn. An illusionist performs his 'the lady vanishes' act rather too well and wonders if he has genuine magic powers.

  • Pickled

    New. A twisted tale from the fantastical mind of Kevin Eldon. A hapless former aristocrat stumbles upon an old house with a strange inhabitant. Miriam Margolyes narrates.

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