Enid Blyton | Remembering the creator of Noddy and the Famous Five

Queen of Adventure: Enid Blyton

Blyton: love her or loathe her?

CHANNEL | Radio 4

FIRST BROADCAST | 31 July 1997

DURATION | 38 minutes 59 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1997

Synopsis

Writer and critic Susan Jeffreys talks with children, academics and contemporary children's authors in this vigorous debate on the merit of Blyton's work. Scathing criticisms and passionate advocacy are illustrated by excerpts from Blyton's most famous stories.

Did you know?

In 1989, Enid Blyton's younger daughter Imogen published 'A Childhood at Green Hedges', which documented her lonely and often unhappy early years and recalled her mother as a cold, distant, rather frightening figure. Gillian, Imogen's older sister, had happier memories of childhood and remained close to Enid Blyton until her death. Both daughters were from Blyton's first marriage and neither saw their father, Hugh Pollock, again after their mother remarried in October 1943.

Contributors

Susan Jeffreys
Presenter
Rachel Atkins
Contributor
Contributor
Alan Coren
Contributor
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Peter Hunt
Contributor
Jan Mark
Contributor
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Subject of programme
Jill Burridge
Producer

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