Fantastic Tales

Five classic European stories exploring the weird and the wonderful.

Episodes

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LS01The Shadow2000121820010902

by Hans Christian Andersen.

A wise scholar grants his shadow freedom, releasing him into society to live as a man.

But his act of generosity goes badly awry.

Read by Peter Capaldi

LS02Autumn Sorcery2000121920010909

by Joseph von Eichendorff.

A young knight is driven to madness when he discovers everything he holds dear is pure illusion.

Read by Jamie Glover

LS03The Holes In The Mask2000122020010916

by Jean Lorrain.

A journey into the dark imaginings of the narrator as he dreams his own death: will he have the strength to wake up? Read by Simon Russell Beale

LS04The Ghost And The Bonesetter2000122120010923

by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.

A petrified bonesetter fears for his life when he receives an unusual request from the tyrannical ghost of a local squire.

Read by Sean Barrett.

LS05 LASTThe Night2000122220010930

by Guy de Maupassant.

A young man takes great pleasure in his nightly walks through Paris - but tonight, something is terribly wrong.

Read by Tom Hollander.