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One day Orpheus plays his music in the forest and wakes Eurydice, a wood nymph, and they fall in love and marry. After a short while, Eurydice is struck dead by the bite of a snake. Orpheus, determined to get her back, goes down into the Underworld to convince Hades to give her back. However there is a catch - Orpheus must leave the Underworld and not look back. If he can reach the sunlit world, trusting the Eurydice is behind him she is his, but if he looks back, she returns to the underworld forever.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x3
Airdate: Sunday December 15th, 1991

Director: Tony Dean Smith
Screenplay: Nigel Williams (1)

Alternate Airdates:

NL (VARA) 1992

Guest Stars
David GreenawayDavid Greenaway
As Puppeteer
Angela TaylorAngela Taylor
As Dancer
Anita GriffinAnita Griffin
As Dancer
Art MalikArt Malik
As Orpheus
Betsy GregoryBetsy Gregory
As Dancer
Gina BellmanGina Bellman
As Eurydice
Ikky MaasIkky Maas
As Dancer
Jesse BirdsallJesse Birdsall
As Aristaeus
Lucy FawcettLucy Fawcett
As Dancer
Marco NunesMarco Nunes
As Dancer
Mark AshmanMark Ashman
As Dancer
Martin RekabMartin Rekab
As Dancer
Mel MartinMel Martin
As Persephone
Michael SmallMichael Small
As Dancer
Rosanna SenRosanna Sen
As Dancer
Sue GlasserSue Glasser
As Dancer
Main Cast
Michael GambonMichael Gambon
As The Storyteller
Brian HensonBrian Henson
As The Storyteller's Dog
Other Episode Crew

CreatorAnthony Minghella
Executive ProducerJim Henson  |  J. Nigel Pickard
ProducerDuncan Kenworthy
Production DesignerJohn Beard (2)
EditorDavid Martin (3)
CastingMichelle Guish
First Assistant DirectorKieron Phipps
Second Assistant DirectorTim Lewis
MusicRachel Portman
Costume DesignerAnn Hollowood  |  Polly Smith
Camera OperatorPeter Taylor (1)
Script SupervisorHilary Fagg
Production CoordinatorClare St. John
Director of PhotographyRoger Pratt
Production SupervisorDavid Barron (1)
Special EffectsKenny Wilson  |  Chris Barton (1)  |  Mike Osborn  |  Daniel Remer  |  Nigel Booth  |  Jane Gootnick  |  Alex Lawrence  |  Geoff Paige
Sound RecordistDavid John (4)
ChoreographerCarolyn Choa
Production AccountantBrian Bailey
Creative SupervisorJohn Stephenson (1)
Special Creature DesignVerner Gresty
Make-up & HairJan Archibald  |  Sally Sutton
Script DevelopmentKate Fawkes
Post Production SoundAnthony Faust  |  Nigel Reed
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