Five Stories By James Ellis

Five stories translated from the French and adapted to an Irish setting by James Ellis who reads them on location in Corradreenan Farmhouse at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Northern Ireland.

There is a long tradition of storytelling in Ireland where the Seanchai, or storyteller, is the custodian of tales which began many years ago.

James Ellis interest in storytelling stems from tales told at the fireside during his childhood.

He was introduced to the joys of the short story as a literary form, both in the English language and perhaps more exotically through tales from the French.

As Jimmy says ""In first translating and then adapting these stories to suit my own style of delivery I have perhaps strayed into the realm of folklore..."" In this selection of stories there are tales of death and the devil, misfortune and miserliness and hardship and heroism, all told with light-hearted humour as only James Ellis can tell them.

Episodes

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01The Devil2003063020050815 (BBC7)
20050816 (BBC7)
20060515 (BBC7)
20060516 (BBC7)
20061211 (BBC7)
20061212 (BBC7)
20071015 (BBC7)
20080721 (BBC7)
20090607 (BBC7)
20100530 (BBC7)
20110328 (BBC7)
20111121 (BBC7)
20111122 (BBC7)
20120625 (BBC7)
20120626 (BBC7)
20130331 (BBC7)
20130401 (BBC7)
20140526 (BBC7)
20140527 (BBC7)
20150810 (BBC7)
20170206 (BBC7)

Five stories translated from the French and adapted to an Irish setting by James Ellis who reads them on location in Corradreenan Farmhouse at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Northern Ireland.

There is a long tradition of storytelling in Ireland where the Seanchai, or storyteller, is the custodian of tales which began many years ago.

James Ellis interest in storytelling stems from tales told at the fireside during his childhood.

He was introduced to the joys of the short story as a literary form, both in the English language and perhaps more exotically through tales from the French.

As Jimmy says ""In first translating and then adapting these stories to suit my own style of delivery I have perhaps strayed into the realm of folklore..."" In this selection of stories there are tales of death and the devil, misfortune and miserliness and hardship and heroism, all told with light-hearted humour as only James Ellis can tell them.Old Granny Greer outwits a miserly son by striking a deal with his ailing mother.

Old Granny Greer outwits a miserly son by striking a deal with his ailing mother. A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

Old Granny Greer outwits a miserly son by striking a deal with his ailing mother.

A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

Old Granny Greer outwits a miserly son by striking a deal with his ailing mother.

Old Granny Greer outwits a miserly son when she strikes a deal to sit with his ailing mother until she dies.

Granny Greer outwits her miserly son when she strikes a deal with his ailing mother.

01The Devil2003063020050815 (BBC7)
20050816 (BBC7)
20060515 (BBC7)
20060516 (BBC7)
20061211 (BBC7)
20061212 (BBC7)
20071015 (BBC7)
20080721 (BBC7)
20090607 (BBC7)
20100530 (BBC7)
20110328 (BBC7)
20111121 (BBC7)
20111122 (BBC7)
20120625 (BBC7)
20120626 (BBC7)

Five stories translated from the French and adapted to an Irish setting by James Ellis who reads them on location in Corradreenan Farmhouse at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Northern Ireland.

There is a long tradition of storytelling in Ireland where the Seanchai, or storyteller, is the custodian of tales which began many years ago.

James Ellis interest in storytelling stems from tales told at the fireside during his childhood.

He was introduced to the joys of the short story as a literary form, both in the English language and perhaps more exotically through tales from the French.

As Jimmy says ""In first translating and then adapting these stories to suit my own style of delivery I have perhaps strayed into the realm of folklore..."" In this selection of stories there are tales of death and the devil, misfortune and miserliness and hardship and heroism, all told with light-hearted humour as only James Ellis can tell them.Old Granny Greer outwits a miserly son by striking a deal with his ailing mother.

Old Granny Greer outwits a miserly son by striking a deal with his ailing mother. A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

Old Granny Greer outwits a miserly son by striking a deal with his ailing mother.

A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

Old Granny Greer outwits a miserly son by striking a deal with his ailing mother.

Old Granny Greer outwits a miserly son when she strikes a deal to sit with his ailing mother until she dies.

Granny Greer outwits her miserly son when she strikes a deal with his ailing mother.

02Scully's Goat2003070720050816 (BBC7)
20050817 (BBC7)
20060516 (BBC7)
20060517 (BBC7)
20061212 (BBC7)
20061213 (BBC7)
20071016 (BBC7)
20080722 (BBC7)
20090614 (BBC7)
20100606 (BBC7)
20110329 (BBC7)
20111122 (BBC7)
20111123 (BBC7)
20120626 (BBC7)
20120627 (BBC7)

What befalls an unsuspecting goat when she escapes to pursue her freedom?

What befalls an unsuspecting goat when she escapes to pursue her freedom? A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

What befalls an unsuspecting goat when she escapes to pursue her freedom? A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

An unsuspecting goat escapes the confines of her meadow in pursuit of freedom, not knowing what lies in store.

What befalls an unsuspecting goat when she escapes to pursue her freedom? French tale adapted to an Irish setting.

02Scully's Goat2003070720050816 (BBC7)
20050817 (BBC7)
20060516 (BBC7)
20060517 (BBC7)
20061212 (BBC7)
20061213 (BBC7)
20071016 (BBC7)
20080722 (BBC7)
20090614 (BBC7)
20100606 (BBC7)
20110329 (BBC7)
20111122 (BBC7)
20111123 (BBC7)
20120626 (BBC7)
20120627 (BBC7)
20130407 (BBC7)
20130408 (BBC7)
20140527 (BBC7)
20140528 (BBC7)
20150811 (BBC7)
20170207 (BBC7)

What befalls an unsuspecting goat when she escapes to pursue her freedom?

What befalls an unsuspecting goat when she escapes to pursue her freedom? A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

What befalls an unsuspecting goat when she escapes to pursue her freedom? A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

An unsuspecting goat escapes the confines of her meadow in pursuit of freedom, not knowing what lies in store.

What befalls an unsuspecting goat when she escapes to pursue her freedom? French tale adapted to an Irish setting.

03My Uncle Julius2003070220050817 (BBC7)
20050818 (BBC7)
20060517 (BBC7)
20060518 (BBC7)
20061213 (BBC7)
20061214 (BBC7)
20071017 (BBC7)
20080723 (BBC7)
20090621 (BBC7)
20100613 (BBC7)
20110330 (BBC7)
20111123 (BBC7)
20111124 (BBC7)
20120627 (BBC7)
20120628 (BBC7)
20130414 (BBC7)
20130415 (BBC7)
20140528 (BBC7)
20140529 (BBC7)
20150812 (BBC7)
20170208 (BBC7)

The Davenport family's boat fails to come in, in more ways than one. A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

The Davenport family's boat fails to come in, in more ways than one.

A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

The Davenport family's boat fails to come in, in more ways than one, when they take a trip to the Isle of Man.

When the Davenport family take a trip to the Isle of Man, their boat fails to come in - in more ways than one.

When the Davenport family take a trip to the Isle of Man, their boat fails to come in.

A French tale adapted to an Irish setting.

03My Uncle Julius2003070220050817 (BBC7)
20050818 (BBC7)
20060517 (BBC7)
20060518 (BBC7)
20061213 (BBC7)
20061214 (BBC7)
20071017 (BBC7)
20080723 (BBC7)
20090621 (BBC7)
20100613 (BBC7)
20110330 (BBC7)
20111123 (BBC7)
20111124 (BBC7)
20120627 (BBC7)
20120628 (BBC7)

The Davenport family's boat fails to come in, in more ways than one.

The Davenport family's boat fails to come in, in more ways than one. A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

The Davenport family's boat fails to come in, in more ways than one, when they take a trip to the Isle of Man.

When the Davenport family take a trip to the Isle of Man, their boat fails to come in - in more ways than one.

When the Davenport family take a trip to the Isle of Man, their boat fails to come in.

A French tale adapted to an Irish setting.

04The Miller's Tale2003070320050818 (BBC7)
20050819 (BBC7)
20060518 (BBC7)
20060519 (BBC7)
20061214 (BBC7)
20061215 (BBC7)
20071018 (BBC7)
20080724 (BBC7)
20090628 (BBC7)
20100620 (BBC7)
20110331 (BBC7)
20111124 (BBC7)
20111125 (BBC7)
20120628 (BBC7)
20120629 (BBC7)
20130421 (BBC7)
20130422 (BBC7)
20140529 (BBC7)
20140530 (BBC7)
20150813 (BBC7)
20170209 (BBC7)

A priest goes to desperate lengths to entice his erring flock back to the fold. A French story adapted to an Irish setting. From July 2007.

A priest goes to desperate lengths to entice his erring flock back to the fold.

A priest goes to desperate lengths to entice his erring flock back to the fold. A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

A despairing priest goes to desperate lengths to entice his erring flock back to the fold.

A priest goes to desperate lengths to entice his errant flock back into the fold.

04The Miller's Tale2003070320050818 (BBC7)
20050819 (BBC7)
20060518 (BBC7)
20060519 (BBC7)
20061214 (BBC7)
20061215 (BBC7)
20071018 (BBC7)
20080724 (BBC7)
20090628 (BBC7)
20100620 (BBC7)
20110331 (BBC7)
20111124 (BBC7)
20111125 (BBC7)
20120628 (BBC7)
20120629 (BBC7)

A priest goes to desperate lengths to entice his erring flock back to the fold.

A priest goes to desperate lengths to entice his erring flock back to the fold. A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

A despairing priest goes to desperate lengths to entice his erring flock back to the fold.

A priest goes to desperate lengths to entice his errant flock back into the fold.

05The Umbrella

05The Umbrella20030710

05The Umbrella2003071020090705 (BBC7)
20150814 (BBC7)
20170210 (BBC7)

When a man's new umbrella is ruined, his wife cunningly replaces it within budget. A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

When a man's new umbrella is ruined, his wife cunningly replaces it within budget.

05 LASTThe Umbrella2003070420050819 (BBC7)
20050820 (BBC7)
20060519 (BBC7)
20060520 (BBC7)
20061215 (BBC7)
20061216 (BBC7)
20071019 (BBC7)
20080725 (BBC7)
20090705 (BBC7)
20100627 (BBC7)
20110401 (BBC7)
20111125 (BBC7)
20111126 (BBC7)
20120629 (BBC7)
20120630 (BBC7)
20130428 (BBC7)
20130429 (BBC7)
20140530 (BBC7)
20140531 (BBC7)

When a man's new umbrella is ruined, his wife cunningly replaces it within budget. A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

When a man's new umbrella is ruined, his wife cunningly replaces it within budget.

A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

When Mr McIvor's new umbrella is ruined, his thrifty wife finds a way to replace it without depleting the family budget.

When Mr McIvor's new umbrella is ruined, his wife finds a cunning way to replace it without depleting her housekeeping budget.

When Mr McIvor's new umbrella is ruined, his thrifty wife finds a little white lie enables her to replace it without depleting her household budget.

When a man's new umbrella is ruined, his wife finds a way to replace it without depleting the budget.

05 LASTThe Umbrella2003070420050819 (BBC7)
20050820 (BBC7)
20060519 (BBC7)
20060520 (BBC7)
20061215 (BBC7)
20061216 (BBC7)
20071019 (BBC7)
20080725 (BBC7)
20090705 (BBC7)
20100627 (BBC7)
20110401 (BBC7)
20111125 (BBC7)
20111126 (BBC7)
20120629 (BBC7)
20120630 (BBC7)

When a man's new umbrella is ruined, his wife cunningly replaces it within budget.

When a man's new umbrella is ruined, his wife cunningly replaces it within budget. A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

A French story adapted to an Irish setting.

When Mr McIvor's new umbrella is ruined, his thrifty wife finds a way to replace it without depleting the family budget.

When Mr McIvor's new umbrella is ruined, his wife finds a cunning way to replace it without depleting her housekeeping budget.

When Mr McIvor's new umbrella is ruined, his thrifty wife finds a little white lie enables her to replace it without depleting her household budget.

When a man's new umbrella is ruined, his wife finds a way to replace it without depleting the budget.