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Enid

Illuminating and surprising drama telling the story of arguably the most popular children's storyteller of all, Enid Blyton.

It reveals how Blyton became the writer who would capture more youthful imaginations than anyone else, following her career from ambitious, driven and as yet unpublished young woman to household name and moral guardian, while glimpsing her own childhood - a dark time, far from the carefree, happy idyll portrayed in her books.

Through marriages and children, the roles of Enid the wife (to Hugh and then Kenneth) and mother are portrayed, ones she struggled to fulfil while balancing them with her extraordinary output.

The film also uncovers a strong and resourceful woman; a woman who never really grew up; a woman who rewrote the endings of many chapters of her real life, sometimes with cruel and hurtful results; and a woman whose legacy has often been criticised but whose success cannot be argued with, who gave children the stories they wanted.

1 hour, 25 minutes

Last on

Mon 23 May 2011 01:35

Credits

Role Contributor
Enid BlytonHelena Bonham Carter
Hugh PollockMatthew Macfadyen
Kenneth WatersDenis Lawson
DorothyClaire Rushbrook
Hanly BlytonJoseph Millson
ImogenRamona Marquez
GillianSinead Michael
Theresa BlytonPooky Quesnel
Thomas BlytonPhilip Wright
Enid (aged 19)Lisa Diveney
Maid MaggieEileen O'Higgins
Mrs WatersGabrielle Reidy
BBC InterviewerDouglas Reith
Dr BeresfordNicholas Lumley
Army OfficerTravis Oliver
LibrarianToby Manley
Child at partyIsabella Blake-Thomas
DirectorJames Hawes
WriterLindsay Shapero