Joan Collins is more voluptuous than virginal as Shaherazad (sic) in 1001 Arabian Nights (Spartan, 2hrs 30min, pounds 7.99) - but she is just wonderful, a purring panther with a hint of musk. Judging from these lubricious and fantastical tales, the ingenious story-spinner must have had something of a past.
Helene Hanff is a different sort of charmer. The letters between her and the staff of 84 Charing Cross Road (Reed, 3hrs, pounds 7.99) are a classic corres-pondence, full of human warmth and a love of English literature. They work very well read aloud.