The Secrets Of The Arabian Nights – Richard E Grant re-opens one of his favourite children’s books, The 1001 Arabian Nights, to explore its extraordinary impact on Western culture.
Journeying to Cairo, and the desert wildernesses beyond, he searches for the world that led to the creation of the Arabian Nights. Richard visits Galland’s original manuscripts in Paris and explores how the stories inspired hit shows on the 18th-century stage in London. Three of the stories, Sinbad, Ali Baba and Aladdin, have inspired countless plays, pantomimes and films as well as becoming part of the literary canon for children and adults alike.
During Richard’s journey he also discovers that the tales are shrouded in controversy, including calls for a ban on The 1001 Arabian Nights in some parts of the world today.
Producer: Quick Fire Media
TX: Spring / Summer 2011
Source: BBC Press Office