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Long Ago and Far Away (TV series)

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Long Ago and Far Away (TV series)

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Long Ago and Far Away is a TV series that aired on PBS Television from 1989 to 1993. It was created by WGBH, a public television broadcast service located in Boston, Massachusetts. WGBH is a member of PBS, which allowed for this TV series to be viewed on various other PBS stations.

Each episode began with host James Earl Jones sitting in a chair in a room with a table, lamp and window. The walls were blue with white dots in order to make it appear as if these living room items were sitting out in space or the night sky.

James Earl Jones talks during the short opening section, then acts as narrator for the balance of an episode. This series, aimed at children aged six to nine years old, presents stories based on traditional fairy tales. A number of presentation methods were used to tell these stories, with stop motion animation, live-action or cel animation being used depending on the episode.

Long Ago and Far Away also featured a number of guest narrators including: Tammy Grimes (narrated "The Happy Circus"), Kim Loughran (narrated "Bill and Bunny"), David Suchet (narrated "The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship"), and Mia Farrow (narrated "Beauty and the Beast" and "Pegasus").

In the episode "Emperor's New Clothes", Regis Philbin provided the voice of the Emperor.


  • National Education Association Award, Advancement of Learning through Broadcasting
  • Action for Children's Television, Achievement in Children's Television Award
  • National Catholic Association of Broadcasters and Communicators, Gabriel Award, Best National Children's Program
  • International Film and Television Festival of New York, Gold Medal
  • Connoisseur Magazine, Connie Award, Best National Children's Series
  • International Reading Association, Broadcast Media Award


01. Abel's Island
02. As Long As He Can Count the Cows
03. Beauty and the Beast
04. Bill and Bunny
05. Bill the Minder
06. The Boy in the Oak Tree
07. Circus Dreams
08. The Emperor's New Clothes
09. The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship
10. Frog and Toad are Friends and Frog and Toad Together
11. The Happy Circus
12. Hungarian Folk Tales
13. Jazztime Tale
14. The Man Who Planted Trees
15. Merlin and the Dragons
16. More Hungarian Folktales
17. The Nightingale
18. Noah's Ark
19. Oh, Mr. Toad!
20. Pegasus
21. The Pied Piper of Hamelin
22. Rarg
23. The Reluctant Dragon
24. The Silver Cornet
25. The Sleeping Princess
26. Svatohor
27. The Talking Parcel
28. Uncle Elephant
29. The Wind in the Willows
30. Where The Wild Things Are
31. Bunny Cakes

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