Crackanory. Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions


  • TV comedy
  • Dave
  • 2013 - 2017
  • 26 episodes (4 series)

Series featuring stories from comedy writers, read out by well known comedians. The tales are accompanied by live action and animation.

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Series 3, Episode 2 - The Catchment Area & The Frogbeast Of Pontfidd

Crackanory. Catherine Tate. Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions
A couple desperate to get their "gifted" daughter into the best local primary school move into a makeshift camp. The second story goes back in time to 1901 as a photographer arrives in a sleepy local village determined to capture proof that the deadly beast residing there doesn't really exist. Read by Catherine Tate and Richard Ayoade.

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Broadcast details

Tuesday 8th December 2015
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 9th December 2015 12:40am Dave
Sunday 17th January 2016 11:00pm Dave
Monday 3rd October 2016 12:00am Dave
Wednesday 6th December 2017 2:00am Dave
Sunday 28th October 2018 1:50am Dave
Sunday 21st April 2019 3:10am Dave

Cast & crew

Guest cast
Catherine Tate Host / Presenter
Richard Ayoade Host / Presenter
Nicholas Burns Jeremy Blake
Sophie Colquhoun Naomi Blake
Perry Fitzpatrick Glenn (Estate Agent)
Valerie Lilley Home Owner
Kerry Howard Parent
Tom Stourton Parent
Tom Stourton Todd
Amy Hoggart Mirriam
Jamie Glassman Villager
Writing team
Holly Walsh Writer
Toby Davies Writer
Production team
Richard Pengelley Director
Arnold Widdowson Producer
Hilary Rosen Executive Producer
Andy Brereton Executive Producer
Natasha Wilkinson Editor
Julian Nagel Production Designer
Waen Shepherd Composer
Jim Nolan Animation
Manu Roig Animation


Catherine Tate's The Catchment Area

Would you pay £2,000 a month to live in a caravan with a tin bath?

Featuring: Sophie Colquhoun (Naomi Blake), Perry Fitzpatrick (Glenn), Valerie Lilley (Home Owner) & Catherine Tate.

Richard Ayoade's The Frogbeast of Pontfidd

In a small village with a legendary beast, a sceptic with a camera arrives.

Featuring: Tom Stourton (Todd) & Richard Ayoade.

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