1 9 6 4 – 1 9 6 9 (UK)
156 x 25 minute episodes
Tales From Europe was – as the title suggests – a collection of filmed children’s stories from mainland Europe, Russia and Mongolia, broken into 25-minute episodes with an English narration added.
The original European films had not been made for television, but as children’s feature films for cinematic release in their native countries – mostly Eastern Bloc countries such as East Germany, Poland, Russia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary etc – where their national film industries were all heavily subsidised.
As a result, the film and story quality were beyond anything which was being locally produced for television at the time.
The final broadcast was on Thursday 10 April 1969.
The stories featured on Tales From Europe were The Tinderbox (East Germany); Heidi (Switzerland); The Singing Ringing Tree (East Germany); The Boy and the Pelican (Russia); The Boy Who Loved Horses (Denmark); Paw (Denmark); The Daughter of The Sun (Russia); White Feather (Poland); The Scouts and the Motor Car (Poland); The Last Passenger (Netherlands); Pan (Holland); The Yellow Slippers (Poland); We Want a Dog (Czechoslovakia); The Boys Who Stole the Moon (Poland); Adventure in Golden Creek (Czechoslovakia); They’ve Stolen the Sea (France); Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (East Germany); The Proud Princess (Czechoslovakia); The Princess with the Golden Star (Czechoslovakia); The Limping Boy (Hungary); The Secret of the Grey Gull (Yugoslavia); Crook’s Island (Poland); Glamador (France); Summer at Salty Creek (Sweden); The Golden Goose (Germany); Rumpelstiltskin (Germany); Two Boys and a Pidgeon (Norway); Maximka (Russia); The City of Craftsmen (Russia); The Musical Powder Box (Czechoslovakia); Katya and the Crocodile (Czechoslovakia); The Ark (Sweden); The Golden Tent (Mongolia); The Millionaire (Poland); Almost a Fairytale (Russia); The Adventures of Barbara (Poland); Here Comes Peter (Sweden); Mario (Austria); The Windmill (Bulgaria); The Snow Queen (Russia); The Happy Age (France); The Village Matadors (Russia) and The Mystery of the Cave (Sweden).
A number of the stories were repeated twice throughout the series run.