Old Peter's Russian Tales

By Arthur Ransome, dramatised by David Britton.

In a hut in the Russian forest, Old Peter the forester tells his grandchildren a new story every day.

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20110103 (BBC7)

A forester tells his grandchildren about legendary seaman Ivan the Ninny.

0101Sadko2006122520071224 (BBC7)
20071225 (BBC7)
20081215 (BBC7)
20081216 (BBC7)
20101220 (BBC7)
20101221 (BBC7)

By Arthur Ransome, dramatised by David Britton.

In a hut in the Russian forest, Old Peter the forester tells his grandchildren a new story every day.

One of Arthur Ransome's Russian tales as told by Old Peter to his grandchildren.

In this episode, Sadko the musician.

The story of a poor musician's enduring love for his river, and the rewards he reaps for his fidelity from the Tsar of the Sea.

Old Peter/Tsar of the Sea....Trevor Cooper

Maroosia/Volkhov....Jemma McKenzie-Brown

Vanya/ Sailor....Harry Hughes

Captain....John Dougall

Sadko....Joseph Kloska

Dulcimer....Matthew Fox.

A forester tells his grandchildren about a legendary musical hero.

With Trevor Cooper.

Dramatisation of Arthur Ransome's story with Trevor Cooper.

0102The Fool Of The World2006122620071225 (BBC7)
20071226 (BBC7)
20081216 (BBC7)
20081217 (BBC7)
20101221 (BBC7)
20101222 (BBC7)

A forester tells his grandchildren about a not so clever man.

With Trevor Cooper.

Dramatisation of Arthur Ransome's story with Trevor Cooper.

An Arthur Ransome Russian tale as told by Old Peter to his grandchildren.

In this episode, a fool comes good.

One of Arthur Ransome's Russian tales as told by Old Peter to his grandchildren.

When the Tsar decrees that he will marry his daughter to the first man to arrive at his palace in a flying ship, he's horrified by the candidate who appears.

Old Peter/Old Man....Trevor Cooper

Maroosia....Jemma McKenzie-Brown

Vanya....Harry Hughes

Fool of the World....John Dougall

Tsar/Straw....Mark Straker

Shooter/Swift-goer....Joseph Kloska

Listener/Sticks....Saikat Ahamed.

0103Baba Yaga2006122720071226 (BBC7)
20071227 (BBC7)
20081217 (BBC7)
20081218 (BBC7)
20101222 (BBC7)
20101223 (BBC7)

An Arthur Ransome Russian tale as told by Old Peter to his grandchildren.

In this episode, the legendary Russian witch.

An Arthur Ransome Russian folktale as told by Old Peter to his grandchildren.

A kind girl finds that her sweet nature is the best defence against the wickedness of Baba Yaga, she of the iron teeth and the hut on chicken's legs.

Old Peter....Trevor Cooper

Maroosia/Girl....Jemma McKenzie-Brown

Vanya/Cat....Harry Hughes

Baba Yaga....Miranda Keeling

Mouse....Bethan Walker.

A forester tells his grandchildren about a legendary witch.

With Trevor Cooper.

Dramatisation of Arthur Ransome's story with Trevor Cooper.

0104The Transparent Apple And The Silver Saucer2006122820071227 (BBC7)
20071228 (BBC7)
20081218 (BBC7)
20081219 (BBC7)
20101223 (BBC7)
20101224 (BBC7)

A forester tells his grandchildren about some remarkable fruit.

Dramatisation of Arthur Ransome's story with Trevor Cooper.

With Trevor Cooper.

Little Stupid's gift from her father - a magical apple within which she can see the world - sends her cruel sisters into a jealous rage.

Old Peter/Father....Trevor Cooper

Maroosia/Little Stupid....Jemma McKenzie-Brown

Vanya....Harry Hughes

Necklace....Miranda Keeling

Dress....Bethan Walker.

A Russian tale as told by Old Peter.

In this episode, a remarkable all-seeing apple.

0105 LASTLittle Master Misery2006122920071228 (BBC7)
20071229 (BBC7)
20081219 (BBC7)
20081220 (BBC7)
20101224 (BBC7)

Old Peter tells an Arthur Ransome Russian folktale about how misery is an unwelcome guest.

A forester tells his grandchildren why misery's an unwelcome guest.

Dramatisation of Arthur Ransome's story with Trevor Cooper.

A Russian tale as told by Old Peter to his grandchildren.

In this episode, how misery is an unwelcome guest.

Vanya's grumpiness at leaving their lovely hut leads Old Peter to remember the story of a poor peasant who befriends Little Master Misery.

Old Peter....Trevor Cooper

Maroosia....Jemma McKenzie-Brown

Vanya....Harry Hughes

Kind peasant....John Dougall

Merchant....Joseph Kloska

Little Master Misery....Saikat Ahamed.

0220110102 (BBC7)

A forester tells stories to his grandchildren.

Arthur Ransome dramatisation with Trevor Cooper.

With Trevor Cooper.

0201Salt2008122220101227 (BBC7)

Ivan the Ninny builds his fortune on salt, but suffers the jealous rage of his brothers.

Magical folk tales from Russia by Arthur Ransome, as told by Old Peter the forester to his grandchildren Vanya and Maroosia.

Ivan the Ninny, the youngest and least successful of three brothers, builds his fortune on the rare commodity of salt, winning the love of a princess and suffering the jealous rage of his brothers.

Old Peter/Sailor....Trevor Cooper

  • brother....dan starkey
  • chef....megan williams
  • cook....Ben Crowe
  • father....John Rowe
  • giant....Ben Crowe
  • ivan....nyasha hatendi
  • maroosia....megan williams
  • old salt....dan starkey
  • princess....Helen Longworth
  • sailor....harry hughes
  • sailor....megan williams
  • tsar....Stephen Critchlow
  • vanya....harry hughes
  • voice 1....dan starkey

    a forester tells his grandchildren about legendary seaman ivan the ninny.

    Arthur Ransome dramatisation with Trevor Cooper

  • 0202Fish Tales2008122320101228 (BBC7)
    20101229 (BBC7)

    An old fisherman's kindness to a golden fish is repaid almost endlessly.

    Magical folk tales from Russia by Arthur Ransome, as told by Old Peter the forester to his grandchildren Vanya and Maroosia.

    An old fisherman's kindness to a golden fish is repaid almost endlessly when his shrewish wife starts making ever-increasing demands.

    Old Peter/ Golden Fish....Trevor Cooper

  • ersh....megan williams
  • gudgeon....Ben Crowe
  • maroosia....megan williams
  • old man....John Rowe
  • perch....Liz Sutherland
  • roach....harry hughes
  • vanya....harry hughes
  • wife....Helen Longworth

    a forester tells his grandchildren about an old fisherman and a golden fish.

    arthur ransome dramatisation with trevor cooper

  • 0203Prince Ivan2008122420101229 (BBC7)
    20101230 (BBC7)

    A forester tells his grandchildren about an iron toothed witch baby's arrival.

    Arthur Ransome dramatisation with Trevor Cooper.

    A kingdom and the fortunes of a young prince are thrown into disarray when a baby is born.

    Magical folk tales from Russia by Arthur Ransome, as told by Old Peter the forester to his grandchildren Vanya and Maroosia.

    A kingdom and the fortunes of a young prince are thrown into disarray when a new baby is born in the palace with iron teeth, knock-knees and an uncanny resemblance to the most terrifying witch in all Russia, the Baba-Yaga.

    Old Peter/Groom....Trevor Cooper

  • baba-yaga....Helen Longworth
  • gran....joan walker
  • ivan....harry hughes
  • maroosia....megan williams
  • mountain thrower....Stephen Critchlow
  • sunsister....megan williams
  • treepuller....nyasha hatendi
  • tsar....John Rowe
  • vanya....harry hughes

  • 0204The Stolen Turnips2008122520101230 (BBC7)
    20101231 (BBC7)

    A forester tells his grandchildren of two squabbling green-fingered friends.

    Arthur Ransome dramatisation with Trevor Cooper.

    Broad and Long share a meagre existence until their turnips are stolen.

    Magical folk tales from Russia by Arthur Ransome, as told by Old Peter the forester to his grandchildren Vanya and Maroosia.

    Broad and Long share a meagre existence until their turnips are stolen by a troupe of magical forest-dwelling children.

    Old Peter....Trevor Cooper

  • broad....dan starkey
  • child....harry hughes
  • child....megan williams
  • long....Chris Pavlo
  • maroosia....megan williams
  • vanya....harry hughes
  • magical folk tales from russia by Arthur Ransome.

    broad and long share a meagre existence until their turnips are stolen by some forest-dwelling children

  • 0205 LASTFrost2008122620101231 (BBC7)
    20110101 (BBC7)

    When Martha's stepmother decides to marry her to Frost himself, her father fears for her.

    Magical folk tales from Russia by Arthur Ransome, as told by Old Peter the forester to his grandchildren Vanya and Maroosia.

    Martha is the youngest of three sisters, the elder two of whom make her life a misery.

    When her stepmother decides to marry her to Frost himself, her father fears for her life, but her politeness and sweet nature bring her all that she deserves.

    Old Peter/Old Man....Trevor Cooper

  • frost....Stephen Critchlow
  • maroosia....megan williams
  • martha....megan williams
  • old woman....joan walker
  • sour sister 1....Helen Longworth
  • sour sister 2....Liz Sutherland
  • vanya....harry hughes

    magical folk tales from russia by Arthur Ransome.

    when martha's stepmother decides to marry her to frost himself, her father fears for her life

    a forester tells his grandchildren how a warm heart overcame a life of misery.

    arthur ransome dramatisation with trevor cooper

  • OMNIOmnibus 01-052007123020071231
    20081221 (BBC7)
    20081222 (BBC7)

    A forester tells his grandchildren about a legendary musical hero.

    With Trevor Cooper.

    Dramatisation of Arthur Ransome's story with Trevor Cooper.