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Pleasantly Amusing
Mackiatoe16 November 2013
Warning: Spoilers
I recall the time about 6 years ago when CBBC tried to restart the original Jackanory series. While good, it wasn't for the audience of the channel at the time, and as far I know it only had the one series. So when I saw an advert for Crackanory on Dave, I was interested to see if the same format could work in a setting of 'story time for adults'.

And, hey presto, it really wasn't that bad. The series was obviously comedic, but it wasn't laugh out loud funny. That said, it was enjoyable to watch. The first episode, involving a man addicted to Twitter and a crazed toy inventor were good and imaginative. Though at some points it became rather slow, I never got so bored that I stopped watching. Both stories had a prospect of a funny ending, which both delivered. On top of that, there is a sense that each story has it's own moral, aimed at adults of course. This really works well, achieving it's aim of reviving the fun of a good bed time story.

I have to say though, it's not as good as I thought it would be. It's not quite funny enough to be a fantastic show, but the idea of it is there. If they can improve on that, then this show would be really good. And of course this is only the first episode. Plenty more comedians and celebrities are billed to be hosting the show, which I personally can't wait for. For that reason, it gets 8/10; not as funny as I hoped, but very enjoyable to watch overall.
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