To mark the 200th anniversary of their first publication, acclaimed writers re-interpret their favourite Grimm Brother's Fairy Tales, giving them a modern setting and a northern twist.
A publishing phenomenon, the popularity of the Grimms' collected folk tales endures with the stories read and loved in more than 160 languages. The stories are as valuable to adults as children; crossing age barriers with underlying moral lessons that are timeless and universally relevant.
In this series of thrilling, humorous and thought-provoking short stories, Barnsley's Ian MacMillan revisits Rapunzel; Middlesborough's Harry Pearson revives Rumpelstiltskin; and Stuart Maconie turns The Four Musicians Of Bremen into The Four Musicians Of Bolton. Joanne Harris looks at life through the eyes of an actress cast as the Ugly Sister in Cinderella; Kate Fox adds a suprising twist to Little Red Riding Hood; and Chris Priestley reminds us of the sinister side of Grimm with his take on Death's Messengers.
The tales are delivered by some of the best voices in the north including Maxine Peake, Kevin Whately, Sally Lindsay, Mark Benton and Elvis McGonagall.