27 April 2011

Guardian Review

"Richard E. Grant had a brilliant time travelling the Middle East uncovering the history and dissemination of Scheherazade's stories in Secrets of the Arabian Nights (BBC4) and gave the viewer a brilliant time right back. An articulate, enthusiastic and interested guide to one of his favourite childhood reads, neither he nor the programme makers were afraid to let the people who knew stuff - professors of Arabic literature, lifetime experts in folklore and fairytales - tell us about it at length.

A lovely documentary that sent me, as such things should, to dig out my copy to read with renewed and slightly more informed interest."

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, Thursday 21 April 2011