Sheridan Smith, Dara O Briain and Mel Giedroyc settle into the Crackanory chair


6 January 2017

Award-winning hit Crackanory returns to Dave on Monday 30th January at 10pm, with just one narrator per episode and some of Britian's best comedy actors bringing each story to life.  The new series, in partnership with Audible, will welcome Sheridan Smith, Dara O Briain, Doc Brown, Anna Friel, Mackenzie Crook, Miriam Margolyes, Bob Mortimer and Mel Giedroyc into the famous Crackanory chair.

To celebrate the brand new series, Doc Brown will host a live reading of his story 'Devil's Haircut' at the Central London location on Sunday 29th January at 12pm. For more information on how to get tickets, please visit Dave.

Crackanory, produced by Tiger Aspect Productions (Drunk History, Murder in Successville), has seen success in recent years on Dave with the likes of Back to the Future star Christopher Lloyd, Taskmaster giant Greg Davies, Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher and northern funny woman Sarah Millican each taking their turn to sit in the famous chair.  Series two also featured the much-missed comedy legend Rik Mayall in his final television appearance, reciting "The Weatherman".

The critically-acclaimed show will return to Dave from Monday to Thursday at 10pm across two weeks, with eight new and original stories. Crackanory has won a coveted Broadcasting Press Guild Award and been nominated at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, Broadcast Awards and Broadcast Digital Awards.

Live action features throughout the series and stars previous Crackanory actors Steve Oram, Alex Kirk, Rebecca Humphries and Matthew Steer plus brilliant appearances from Ken Collard, Jamie Demetriou, Ritu Ayra and Nicholas Burns. The dark and twisted original stories spawn from some of Britain's best comedy writers including Kevin Eldon, Tony Way, Nico Tatarowicz, Arnold Widdowson, Katherine Jakeways, Sarah Morgan and Toby Davies.

Crackanory, in partnership with Audible, airs for two weeks across Monday to Thursday at 10pm from Monday 30th January

Catch up on all three series on UKTV Play and preview episode one of series four, starring Dara O'Briain, from Monday 23rd January.

For tickets to the Doc Brown live storytelling event on Sunday 29th January please contact Gem Pinkney or Jessica Molyneux

Press pack interviews with all the narrators can be downloaded here

For more information please contact Gem Pinkney or Iain McCallum, Head of Press and PR, Tiger Aspect -    

What the press said...

"This anti-Jackanory format keeps getting better, attracting ever more famous readers and giving a platform to sketch writers and comedians who deal in short form gags." The Sunday Times Culture"...delectably creepy tales." Radio Times

"Crackanory is a simple idea executed with skill and off-the-wall-imagination.....  The stories which are completely mesmerising, are illustrated with actors and animations." The Times

"Crackanory added deliciously dark twists into its tales for grownups." Metro  

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