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1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 15 December 2012

Carlo Collodi's classic tale of a wooden puppet who wants to be a boy dramatised by Linda Marshall Griffiths.

When Geppetto's wooden puppet miraculously comes to life, Geppetto names him Pinocchio and imagines a bright future together. Pinocchio must understand what it is to be a boy and the first step is school. But danger and folly lurk around every corner and it is hard for Pinocchio to find the right path. The world is full of temptation, contradiction and fear. Will Pinocchio find his way to becoming a real boy?

Original Music by Olly Fox
Sound Design by Steve Brooke
Directed by Nadia Molinari

Following the success of the award winning The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the same creative team come together to bring Pinocchio to life for a new generation. A filmic musical score by Olly Fox supports a magical sound world of dark forests, a marionette theatre, the land of play, the sea, the sky, inside a shark's belly. A world peopled by amazing characters: the tyrannical puppet master with a heart; the cruel tricksters Fox and Cat; the Fairy with Blue Hair; and the children turned donkey. This is a story full of jeopardy about a child's growing independence and awareness. Pinocchio's loneliness is heartbreaking as he travels through the world trying to understand what it means to be human.

  • Carlo Collodi

    A brief biography of Carlo Collodi, author of "The Adventures of Pinocchio". The book, his most famous work, was written between 1881 and 1883 and originally serialized in an Italian children's newspaper. 

  • Pinocchio illustrations

    A collection of illustrations used in publications of "The Adventures of Pinocchio" by Italian illustrator Roberto Innocenti and others. 


Steve Evets
Lee Ingleby
Lee Ingleby
Lee Ingleby
Tom Rolinson
Tom Rolinson
Jonathan Keeble
Jonathan Keeble
Jonathan Keeble


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