Enid Blyton and the BBC | Revealing the writer's troubled relationship with the BBC
[Printed notepaper headers read:]
Dear Miss Barker,
Thank you for your letter. I am in the middle of a new book at the moment, so
shall not be up in town for a week or so. I could come along and see you one
morning after that. I am not quite sure why you want me to give a talk in the
Women's Hour - I am the children's "heroine", you know, and much more used to
going around and talking to them and telling them stories! My work in books,
films and talks lies almost wholly with children, and I have very little time to
give to grown-ups. If I did talk in your Women's Hour you'd have to put me
on early or all the children would be late for school! They would be the ones who
listened, I fear!
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Document Type | Letter
10 February 1947
In reply to a request from Miss Barker of 'Woman's Hour', Enid Blyton explains why she feels the programme isn't quite suitable for her, as her primary audience won't be able to hear it.
The first 'Woman's Hour' was broadcast on 7 October 1946, just a few months before Blyton was invited to appear. In its very early days, 'Woman's Hour' was presented by a man, Alan Ivieson, but female producers and editors worked on the show from the start.
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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