With the beautiful music of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade in the background, a wacky Grandma Dingley begins to tell the tale with the help of Brian Blessed, Rory Bremner and a huge contribution from Jess Murphy who excels as the lovely heroine of the tale. Although parts of the story might well confuse younger children, the story is very well paced and lets the audience understand the ebb and flow of the music while giving them no time whatsoever to be bored.

We trialled the CD on the youngest reviewers we’ve yet used - four year old twin boys. They were patently too young to listen all the way through but found Rory Bremner as the narrator funny and loved the pirates too. Our reviewers’ Mum thought the way the voices occasionally sang the orchestral tunes was hilarious.