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Enid

Drama about children's storyteller Enid Blyton, following her career from ambitious young woman to household name and moral guardian, while glimpsing her own dark childhood.

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who would capture more youthful imaginations than anyone else, following her career from ambitious, driven and as yet unpublished young woman to household name and moral guardian, while glimpsing her own childhood - a dark time, far from the carefree, happy idyll portrayed in her books.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 Blyton Helena Bonham Carter
Hugh Pollock Matthew Macfadyen
Kenneth Waters Denis Lawson
Dorothy Claire Rushbrook
Hanly Blyton Joseph Millson
Imogen Ramona Marquez
Gillian Sinead Michael
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
Librarian Toby Manley
Child at party Isabella Blake-Thomas
Director James Hawes
Writer Lindsay Shapero

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