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Arabian Nights (BBC-1 2000, Mili Avital, Alan Bates)



Period fantasy drama. Scheherazade, the wife of the Sultan of Baghdad, tell him a series of fantastic stories in order to save her life (including such delights as Aladdin and Ali Baba and the forty thieves). A US-UK Co-production featuring mainly UK talent, especially among the supporting cast.

production details
Mili Avital as Scheherezade
Alan Bates as Storyteller
James Frain as Schahzenan / Harun
Tchéky Karyo as Black Coda
Dougray Scott as Sultan Shahryar
Jason Scott Lee as Aladdin
Vanessa-Mae as Princess Zobeide
John Leguizamo as Genie of the Lamp
Rufus Sewell as Ali Baba
Jim Carter as Ja’Far
Hugh Quarshie as Mustappa
Amira Casar as Morgiana
Andy Serkis as Kasim
Peter Guinness as Chief Executioner
Alexei Sayle as BacBac
Nadim Sawalha as Judge Zadic
Jane Lapotaire as Miriam
Benedict Wong as Hassan
Henry Goodman as Sultan Billah
Roger Hammond as Jerome Gribben
Don Warrington as Hari Ben Karim

Writer: Peter Barnes
Producer: Dyson Lovell
Director: Steve Barron

UK / BBC1-Hallmark-RTRL-Babelberg / 2×90 minutes / 2000 30 April – 1 May Sunday 6.30pm Monday 6.20pm