Produced for the British Children's ITV network by Harlech Productions, the weekly, half-hour anthology Storybook International was per its title a collection of folk tales and fairy stories harvested from all over the world. Each episode was introduced by a troubadour who looked like a fox to some viewers and sounded like an old witch to others, and who would set the stage with a ballad. Filmed in such locales as Russia, Ireland and Scandinavia, the series' live-action playlets were based on stories which originated in England, Czechoslovakia, France, Romania, Turkey, Wales, Israel, Norway, China, Africa, India and elsewhere.
Debuting in 1982, the series yielded 65 episodes, doled out in three separate "serials". Although its distribution was originally confined to Britain and Europe, Storybook International would enjoy extensive cable play in the US, Scandinavia and the Middle East in subsequent decades.
In Russia I am Ivan, In Sweden I am Jan, In Germany I'm Johann, In England I am John,