Archive Homepage

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

About this collection

Enid Blyton's relationship with the BBC began in 1936 when her first husband asked the then Director General, John Reith, to help her to make a radio appearance. However, despite this help from the top there aren't any known BBC recordings of her until some 25 years later.

In this collection, letters from Blyton herself and internal BBC documents tell the story of Blyton's battles with the BBC and how her determination to broadcast on the BBC was rebuffed.

Enid Blyton and the BBC Collection

A letter from Enid Blyton to the head of BBC programmes.

Letter from Enid Blyton to Head of BBC Programmes.

WRITTEN 1936
1 PAGE

The children's author pitches ideas for a radio broadcast.

go to Letter from Enid Blyton to Head of BBC Programmes.
A letter from Hugh Pollock to Sir John Reith.

Enid Blyton's husband writes to the BBC Director General.

WRITTEN 1938
2 PAGES

Hugh Pollock drops a line to Sir John Reith on behalf of his wife.

go to Enid Blyton's husband writes to the BBC Director General.
A letter from Sir John Reith to Hugh Pollock.

Sir John Reith replies to Hugh Pollock's letter.

WRITTEN 1938
1 PAGE

The BBC Director General offers to help Enid Blyton.

go to Sir John Reith replies to Hugh Pollock's letter.
A letter from Enid Blyton to Sir John Reith.

Enid Blyton writes to Sir John Reith.

WRITTEN 1938
3 PAGES

The children's author tells the BBC Director General her 'story so far'.

go to Enid Blyton writes to Sir John Reith.
Memo reviewing Enid Blyton's books.

Internal Memo from Schools Department about Enid Blyton.

WRITTEN c. 1938
2 PAGES

The work of Enid Blyton receives a critical review.

go to Internal Memo from Schools Department about Enid Blyton.
Letter from Enid Blyton to 'Children's Hour' director.

Letter from Enid Blyton to 'Children's Hour' director.

WRITTEN 1940
2 PAGES

The children's author tries again to work for the BBC.

go to Letter from Enid Blyton to 'Children's Hour' director.
BBC memo about Enid Blyton's writing.

Internal memo reviews an Enid Blyton story.

WRITTEN 1940
1 PAGE

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

go to Internal memo reviews an Enid Blyton story.
Letter from Enid Blyton to Reverend JW Welch.

Letter from Enid Blyton to Rev JW Welch.

WRITTEN 1942
2 PAGES

A presenter of BBC religious programme learns of Blyton's thoughts on 'Christian training'.

go to Letter from Enid Blyton to Rev JW Welch.
Letter from Reverend JW Welch to Enid Blyton.

Reply from Rev JW Welch to Enid Blyton.

WRITTEN 1942
1 PAGE

A BBC broadcaster asks the children's author for ideas.

go to Reply from Rev JW Welch to Enid Blyton.
Letter from Enid Blyton to Reverend JW Welch.

Enid Blyton replies to Rev JW Welch.

WRITTEN 1943
4 PAGES

The writer reveals the difficulties of adapting the Bible for children.

go to Enid Blyton replies to Rev JW Welch.
Letter from Enid Blyton to 'Woman's Hour' producer.

Letter from Enid Blyton to 'Woman's Hour'.

WRITTEN 1947
2 PAGES

The 'children's heroine' chooses not to talk to adults.

go to Letter from Enid Blyton to 'Woman's Hour'.
Letter from BBC Children's producer to Enid Blyton.

Introductory Letter from Lionel Gamlin to Enid Blyton.

WRITTEN 1949
1 PAGE

A BBC producer tries to arrange an interview with celebrated children's author.

go to Introductory Letter from Lionel Gamlin to Enid Blyton.
Letter from Enid Blyton to Lionel Gamlin.

Letter from Enid Blyton to Lionel Gamlin.

WRITTEN 1949
2 PAGES

Enid writes to a BBC producer with surprising news.

go to Letter from Enid Blyton to Lionel Gamlin.
Letter from BBC Children's producer to Enid Blyton.

A diplomatic response from Lionel Gamlin.

WRITTEN 1949
1 PAGE

BBC producer Lionel Gamlin doesn't confirm or deny a Blyton ban.

go to A diplomatic response from Lionel Gamlin.
Letter from Enid Blyton to Lionel Gamlin.

Blyton sets Mr Gamlin straight.

WRITTEN 1949
1 PAGE

Blyton lets Lionel Gamlin know that she didn't jump but was pushed.

go to Blyton sets Mr Gamlin straight.
Memo from head of 'Children's Hour' to BBC producer.

Internal Memo from Derek McCulloch to Lionel Gamlin.

WRITTEN 1950
1 PAGE

Head of BBC 'Children's Hour' confirms the existence of Blyton ban.

go to Internal Memo from Derek McCulloch to Lionel Gamlin.
Letter from Enid Blyton about her fan mail.

Enid Blyton writes about her fan mail.

WRITTEN 1951
2 PAGES

The author outlines her busy life to BBC producer.

go to Enid Blyton writes about her fan mail.
Memo in which BBC staff discuss Enid Blyton.

Memo from Janet Quigley to Jean Sutcliffe.

WRITTEN 1954
1 PAGE

The 'Woman's Hour' editor asks a Schools expert about Enid Blyton.

go to Memo from Janet Quigley to Jean Sutcliffe.
Memo from Jean Sutcliffe of BBC Schools Department.

Memo from BBC Schools Department.

WRITTEN 1954
1 PAGE

Jean Sutcliffe explains the policy regarding Enid Blyton.

go to Memo from BBC Schools Department.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.