King Rollo always held a special fascination for me- i remember his joyous skipping cavorting frivolity so vividly from my childhood. This DVD was scheduled for release and then withdrawn/delayed for a few tortuous months before finally arriving on my doorstep- as a present for my 17 month old son naturally. I was quite amazed to discover that there were only 13 episodes, but each one is glorious- from Rollo tying his laces (which helped me learn to do it), to Rollo’s insistence that chocolate cake is better than bread and the sudden change of heart he has towards King Frank (he’s very nice- he’s coming over again tomorrow). I was struck, not only by the beautiful music - Queen Gwen’s theme is a work of magic - or the wonderfully simple animation, but by how enchanting my son found it- sure he’s young and takes a lot of more prosaic stuff in his stride, dutifully sitting through the Cloudbabies and other such junk. Rollo made him actually smile all of the time it was on- he dances to the theme music, he has a genuine delight in the antics of Hamlet the cat and when the TV is off, and I put Rollo on- he lights up! Nothing from the modern slew of generic CGI blandoramas does he enjoy as much, Octonauts he will stomach but gets easily distracted, Bob the builder has become a travesty of its former self and the less said about Chuggington the better. Only Postman Pat and Meg and Mog come close, but King Rollo wins hands down. Children are such discerning critics.