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Premiere 1989
Network HBO
Seasons 1
Episodes 13
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Jim Henson with the cast of The Ghost of Faffner Hall.

The Ghost of Faffner Hall was a music education series which ran on ITV and HBO for 13 episodes in 1989.

Faffner Hall is a grand music conservatory where the residents -- human, animal and monster -- enjoy making music of all types. After the Hall's founder, Fughetta Faffner, dies, her ghost continues to haunt the hall. Eventually the Hall falls into the hands of her villainous, music-hating great-great-grandnephew, Farkas Faffner. He moves in, and wants to rid the Hall of its collection of musical instruments. Fughetta's ghost is forced to work overtime to defeat Farkas's schemes.[1] Fughetta is aided by youngsters Mimi and Riff, and the eccentric Wild Impresario.

Each episode studies a certain music curriculum created by Candian University of York professors John Paynter and R. Murray Schafer.[2]

Louise Gold starred as Fughetta Faffner, with Mak Wilson as Farkas, Richard Hunt as the Wild Impresario, Karen Prell as Mimi and Mike Quinn as Riff.

This show featured puppets made both by the Creature Shop and the Muppet Workshop; it was taped at the Newcastle-upon-Tyne facilities of ITV contractor Tyne Tees Television, which co-produced the show and distributed it across the ITV network.

Since its cancelation, several segments from the series have been posted on the Jim Henson Company's YouTube channel. Around 2012, the first five episodes were made available for purchase on the iTunes Store in the United Kingdom.[3]

Episodes

Cast

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The cast of The Ghost of Faffner Hall (from top to bottom); Farkas Faffner, Fughetta Faffner, Mimi, the Wild Impresario, and Riff.

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Crew

Sources

  1. Finch, Christopher. Jim Henson: The Works, p. 209. "When her great-great-grandnephew Farkas, a music hater, inherits the house, Fughetta's ghost is forced to work overtime to defeat his philistine plans for the building."
  2. Spokane Chronicle: Cable Calls.
  3. iTunes UK screenshot, 2012