Jo Brand reads a comic version of the tale of Rapunzel. Dan Druff the barber is very happy and sings in his shop, but his girlfriend Tam O'Tei hides herself away because she has terrible hair. The Bad Hair Witch, who lives in the nearby tower, makes hair potions from herbs in her garden. Dan goes to take some herbs from her garden but she catches him, and says that he will pay her with his first child. The herbs cure the problem with Tam's hair, and she and Dan are soon married. They have a daughter, Shampoozel, but the Bad Hair Witch seizes the baby and takes her back to the tower to test hair potions on her. Shampoozel grows up with very long and beautiful hair, and the witch uses it to climb in and out of the tower. A prince, Gary Baldy, hears about the hair potions made by the witch and travels to the tower. He watches the witch climb down Shampoozel's hair, and uses it to climb up. He and Shampoozel fall in love, and she escapes from the castle by cutting off her hair and climbing down it. She and Prince Gary go to work in her father Dan's shop. 'Shampoozel' was written by Laurence Anholt and illustrated by Arthur Robins.

This clip is from:
Jackanory Junior, Shampoozel
First broadcast:
11 January 2008

This clip could be used to discuss fairy tales and parody. Create a parody of another fairy tale. Discuss use of humour eg in character names. Use as a basis for drama and role-play.