Enid Blyton and the BBC | Revealing the writer's troubled relationship with the BBC
Manuscript submitted to Children's Hour
Title: "The Monkey and the Barrel-Organ"
Ref. No. 207
Author's Name: Enid Blyton (Miss)
And Address: Green Hedges, Penn Road, Beaconsfield, Bucks.
Fee offered: £
Fee accepted: n/a
Fee Paid: n/a
This not really good enough. Very little happens and the dialogue is so stilted
and long-winded. EM
Not strong enough. It really is odd to think that this woman is a best-seller.
It is all such very small beer. MRT
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Document Type | Memo
08 August 1940
Prompted by submissions from the author herself, these unidentified representatives of the 'Children's Hour' team deliver a curt review of Enid Blyton's work, followed by the blunt decision to 'reject' it.
Read the letter submitting this story.
Although 1940 saw Blyton rejected by 'Children's Hour', her successful publishing career continued. In this year alone she published around 26 books, annuals and collections of stories, including 'The Children of Cherry Tree Farm', 'The Strange Tale of Mr Wumble', 'The Talking Teapot and Other Tales' and 'The Naughtiest Girl in the School'.
The children's author pitches ideas for a radio broadcast.
Hugh Pollock drops a line to Sir John Reith on behalf of his wife.
The BBC Director General offers to help Enid Blyton.
The children's author tells the BBC Director General her 'story so far'.
The work of Enid Blyton receives a critical review.
The children's author tries again to work for the BBC.
It's thumbs down for 'The Monkey and the Barrel-Organ'.
A presenter of BBC religious programme learns of Blyton's thoughts on 'Christian training'.
A BBC broadcaster asks the children's author for ideas.
The writer reveals the difficulties of adapting the Bible for children.
The 'children's heroine' chooses not to talk to adults.
A BBC producer tries to arrange an interview with celebrated children's author.
Enid writes to a BBC producer with surprising news.
BBC producer Lionel Gamlin doesn't confirm or deny a Blyton ban.
Blyton lets Lionel Gamlin know that she didn't jump but was pushed.
Head of BBC 'Children's Hour' confirms the existence of Blyton ban.
The author outlines her busy life to BBC producer.
The 'Woman's Hour' editor asks a Schools expert about Enid Blyton.
Jean Sutcliffe explains the policy regarding Enid Blyton.
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