Enid Blyton and the BBC | Revealing the writer's troubled relationship with the BBC
[Printed notepaper headers read:]
Dear Mr. Gamlin,
Thank you for your letter of the 27th, May.
I think, if you don't mind, I must just put it on record that I did not refuse
to appear in your Autograph Album series, but, on the contrary, would have been
delighted to do so. All I did was to warn you of something that obviously you did
not know, though it has even appeared in print - and I guessed that when your
approach to me became known to certain powers-that-be you would be asked to
withdraw your suggestion. In the cicumstances I thought I would give you the
chance of withdrawing before it became difficult, and, reading between the lines
I can see that you now know that I was right in my information. Whether you
approve of the ban or not I don't know, but as, sooner or later, an inquiry will
be made into the matter, I felt I really ought to put it on record that I did not
refuse your request. I have a copy of my last letter, and carefully looked it up
Yours with best wishes,
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Document Type | Letter
28 May 1949
Enid Blyton writes back to BBC producer Lionel Gamlin to set the record straight about her response to his request for an interview. Blyton wants to make it very clear that she did not refuse an interview, but rather explained her situtation with the BBC's unofficial ban to Gamlin.
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