Enid Blyton and the BBC | Revealing the writer's troubled relationship with the BBC

Internal memo reviews an Enid Blyton story.

It's thumbs down for 'The Monkey and the Barrel-Organ'.

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Manuscript submitted to Children's Hour

Title: "The Monkey and the Barrel-Organ"

Ref. No. 207
O.K. Dup.

Author's Name: Enid Blyton (Miss)
And Address: Green Hedges, Penn Road, Beaconsfield, Bucks.

Acknowledged: 3.8.40
Rejected: 8.8.40

Fee offered: £

Fee accepted: n/a
Fee Paid: n/a

Comments (a)
This not really good enough. Very little happens and the dialogue is so stilted
and long-winded. EM

Comments (b)
Not strong enough. It really is odd to think that this woman is a best-seller.
It is all such very small beer. MRT

Comments (c)
Reject


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Document Type | Memo

08 August 1940

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1940

Synopsis

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.

Did you know?

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'.

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