And so it happened, as it eventually had to: Gobbolino earned his happy ending in this issue as his wish of becoming a kitchen cat came true. Thus concluded the first ever Story Teller serial and readers had to say a sad and fond goodbye to a much loved character. We weren’t to know then that Gobbolino would return for many more adventures: he reappeared in Christmas Story Teller 2 and 3 and indeed he starred in another (longer) serial in Story Teller 2.
As another tale ended, another began. A new cartoon hero was introduced in this issue: the chequered and stuttering Jester Minute who must battle the creature that gave many children nighmares: Badweb the giant spider. The two-part adventure was read by Nigel Lambert who also narrated hilarious Noisy Neighbours and the catchy rhyme, Rhubarb Ted.
Roy Hudd narrated the comical seasonal adventure, Santa’s Early Christmas, and the more serious Narana’s Strange Journey. Tina Jones read the lightweight fairy story The Princess and the Pea while Marian Hepworth reminded us of the importance of saving for a rainy day in The Ant and the Grashopper.