|01||The Little Mermaid||20050516||20060918|
The plaintive story of a mermaid who becomes human but loses her voice and walks in agony.
Is the story an ode to love, a Christian message or a depiction of Andersen himself?
The story of a mermaid who becomes human but loses her voice and walks in agony - is it an ode to love, a Christian message or a depiction of Andersen himself?
|02||The Emperor's New Clothes||20050517||20060919|
The story of the vain Emperor who is taken in by swindlers pretending to weave him a set of clothes has become a byword for the human condition.
How much does it tell us of Andersen's own class struggle?
|03||The Ugly Duckling||20050518||20060920|
Always the odd one out and made to suffer for being different until he becomes a swan, the Ugly Duckling is said to mirror Andersen's view of himself.
But is it a transformation that anyone can make, or are there hidden meanings to the story?
|04||The Red Shoes||20050519||20060921|
The iconic Powell/ Pressburger film brought parts of Andersen's story to a wide cinema audience but the tale itself is much less well known and far more disturbing.
Why did Andersen display such a ruthlessly violent streak and what were his secret fears while writing it?
|05||The Snow Queen||20050520||20060922|
This tale with its sweeping narrative and cold figure of the Snow Queen is reckoned by many to be Andersen's masterpiece.
What are the qualities which have given it such longevity, and is being frozen always such a bad thing?