Enid Blyton and the BBC | Revealing the writer's troubled relationship with the BBC
Document Type | Letter
08 October 1942
Having heard the Rev JW Welch's BBC radio series 'Parents, Children and Religion', Enid Blyton decided to write to him to share her belief in the importance of 'Christian training' for the young. She also reveals that she is working on a series of 'semi-religious' books for children, including adaptations of 'The Pilgrim's Progress' and 'The Life of Christ'.
Read the reply to this letter.
Enid Blyton's 'The Land of Far-Beyond' is an adaptation for children of John Bunyan's classic, 'The Pilgrim's Progress'. Blyton's version follows a boy called Peter and his sisters, Anna and Patience, as they journey from the City of Turmoil to the City of Happiness in the Land of Far-Beyond.
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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