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who would capture more youthful imaginations than anyone else, following her career from ambitious, driven and as yet unpublished young woman to household name and moral guardian, while glimpsing her own childhood - a dark time, far from the carefree, happy idyll portrayed in her books.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.
|Enid Blyton||Helena Bonham Carter|
|Hugh Pollock||Matthew Macfadyen|
|Kenneth Waters||Denis Lawson|
|Hanly Blyton||Joseph Millson|
|Theresa Blyton||Pooky Quesnel|
|Thomas Blyton||Philip Wright|
|Enid (aged 19)||Lisa Diveney|
|Maid Maggie||Eileen O'Higgins|
|Mrs Waters||Gabrielle Reidy|
|BBC Interviewer||Douglas Reith|
|Dr Beresford||Nicholas Lumley|
|Army Officer||Travis Oliver|
|Child at party||Isabella Blake-Thomas|