Journalist Jennifer Adams presents a new comedic show poking fun at Australian current affairs programs. Created by comedians Hamish Blake, Andy Lee, Ryan Shelton and Tim Bartley, Real Stories is, as its creators call it, the fifth best current affairs show on television. The show is an insight into the lives of ordinary Australian people, and sometimes those that are extraordinary.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Real Stories - Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story - Netflix
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story is a 2001 American television miniseries. It was directed by Brian Henson and was a co-production of Hallmark Entertainment and Jim Henson Television. It is based on the classic English fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. The story was considerably reworked to reflect what Henson believed to be a more ethical, humanist view. The cast includes Matthew Modine (as the modern-day descendant of Jack), Mia Sara (as a mysterious woman attempting to bring him to justice for the murder of a giant), Jon Voight (as the descendant's greedy manager intending to inherit the company), and Vanessa Redgrave (an elderly relative of the descendant). Richard Attenborough, Daryl Hannah, and a young James Corden play giants. Among the other giants in the film are beings from the mythology of various cultures including Hebrew, Buddhist, and Nordic.
Real Stories - Cast - Netflix
Matthew Modine as Jack Robinson, the fifteenth generation descendent of the original Jack. Unlike his ancestor, this Jack is a good and honest man. Mia Sara as Ondine, a woman who was taken in by Thunderdell and raised as his own child after losing her parents to disease. A kind and loving young woman, Ondine's heart became hard and her demeanor sour after the original Jack betrayed her and broke her heart. Vanessa Redgrave as Countess Wilhelmina, the original Jack's mother and Thunderdell's actual murderer. Unlike the rest of her family, Wilhelmina was cursed for her crimes by becoming immortal, never aging one day, only to see all her descendents grow old and die, claimed by the Robinson Curse, and her family wither away. Daryl Hannah - Thespee, a female giant once worshiped as a goddess by the Norse people. A beautiful woman with pale skin and blonde hair, Thespee is the kindest and most reasonable of the giants' council. Jon Voight as Sigfriend “Siggy” Mannheim, Jack's unscrupulous second-in-command in his business dealings. The model of a corrupt businessman, all Siggy cares about is making money and gaining power. Anton Lesser as Vidas Merlinis, a research scientist for Jack Robinson's family business. Vidas had a strong desire to see an appropriate amount of the Robinson fortune used for the noble effort to stop world hunger. Instead, after the disappearance of Jack, Mannheim employs Vidas to manage the production of golden eggs. In the end, Vidas tells the media that the Robinson fortune would be spent to help feed the starving nations of the world. Richard Attenborough as Magog, the wisest and most ancient of all giants. Magog is the leader of their council. Bill Barretta as Thunderdell, the original guardian of the Harp of Harmony and the Goose of Prosperity. Radically different most his portrayal in fairy tales, Thunderdell was a kind and loving man. Jim Carter as Odin, a one-eyed giant with blue hair who was worshiped by the Vikings as the king of their gods. Hot-tempered and accusatory, Odin shows no remorse towards judging Jack based on crimes committed by an ancestor who has been dead for almost 400 years. James Corden as Bran, Thunderdell's son and Ondine's best friend during their childhood. Bran tried heroically to save his father from falling to his death, but failed; a guilt that has haunted him ever since. When the treasures are returned, Bran takes his father's position as their guardian, wearing the Harp's golden box around his neck and close to his heart, just as Thunderdell once did. Jonathan Hyde as Dussan, Jack's butler and aide-de-camp. Nicholas Beveney as Cernos, a dark-skinned giant with the head of a stag. Cernos was worshiped as the god of forests by the ancient Celtic people of western Europe. Cernos watches over the plants and animals of the giants' world. His anger at Jack is great, for it is the wildlife of his world that has suffered most from the loss of Galaga and Harmonia. Roger Blake as Thor, Odin's son. A large, heavily muscled giant with a bushy red beard who wields a huge hammer called Mjolnir as a weapon. Was worshiped by the Vikings as their god of storms. Hon Ping Tang as Mahacalla, a blue-skinned giant with four arms. Mahacalla is still worshiped to this day by the Hindu peoples of the Indian subcontinent. Denise Worme as Nimna, an obese, dark-skinned female giant who wears her hair in long dredlocks, Nimna is worshipped as a goddess of fertility and childbirth by many tribes in central Africa. Mak Wilson - Galaga (performer) Brian Henson - Galaga (voice)