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Saving Mr Banks

Uplifting drama telling the tale of how Walt Disney persuaded the guarded author of Mary Poppins to bring her creation to the big screen.

The story behind Disney's Mary Poppins is brought to life in this uplifting drama from BBC Films.

Fallen on hard times, reclusive British author PL Travers goes to Hollywood to oversee a film adaptation of Mary Poppins by the famously frivolous Walt Disney. However, Travers clashes with Disney and his team, and expresses an open distaste for their saccharine, sing-song plans for the picture. Will the charismatic cartoon magnate find a way to loosen the author's vice-like grip on her creation?

1 hour, 59 minutes

Last on

Tue 21 Dec 2021 14:45

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    Colin Farrell

    Chim Chim Cher-Ee (East Wind)

  • 00:05

    Thomas Newman

    Ginty My Love

  • 00:05

    Thomas Newman

    Travers Goff

  • 00:08

    Thomas Newman

    Walking Bus

  • 00:10

    Ray Charles

    One Mint Julep (feat. Quincy Jones)

  • 00:11

    Thomas Newman

    Mrs. P. L. Travers

  • 00:18

    The Dave Brubeck Quartet

    Heigh-Ho

  • 00:20

    Thomas Newman

    Mr. Disney

  • 00:25

    Thomas Newman

    Jollification

  • 00:28

    Thomas Newman

    Uncle Albert

  • 00:29

    Thomas Newman

    End Title

  • 00:31

    Thomas Newman

    Leisurely Stroll

  • 00:42

    Thomas Newman

    A Foul Fowl

  • 00:49

    Thomas Newman

    Celtic Soul

  • 00:51

    Thomas Newman

    The Mouse

  • 01:06

    Thomas Newman

    Whiskey

  • 01:10

    Thomas Newman

    To My Mother

  • 01:16

    Thomas Newman

    The Magic Kingdom

  • 01:22

    Jason Schwartzman

    Let's Go Fly a Kite

  • 01:26

    Thomas Newman

    Pears

  • 01:33

    Thomas Newman

    Westerly Weather

  • 01:42

    Thomas Newman

    Forgiveness

  • 01:44

    Thomas Newman

    Beverly Hills Hotel

  • 01:52

    David Tomlinson & Dick Van Dyke

    Let's Go Fly a Kite

  • 01:50

    Julie Andrews

    A Spoonful Of Sugar

  • 01:54

    Thomas Newman

    End Title

Credits

Role Contributor
PL Travers Emma Thompson
Walt Disney Tom Hanks
Travers Goff Colin Farrell
Ginty Annie Rose Buckley
Margaret Goff Ruth Wilson
Ralph Paul Giamatti
Don DaGradi Bradley Whitford
Robert Sherman BJ Novak
Richard Sherman Jason Schwartzman
Tommie Kathy Baker
Aunt Ellie Rachel Griffiths
Diarmuid Russell Ronan Vibert
Director John Lee Hancock
Writer Kelly Marcel

Broadcasts

  • Fri 23 Dec 2016 20:30
  • Fri 23 Dec 2016 21:00
  • Fri 23 Dec 2016 21:30
  • Mon 1 May 2017 20:30
  • Mon 1 May 2017 22:30
  • Boxing Day 2018 14:30
  • Sun 21 Apr 2019 15:40
  • Sun 29 Dec 2019 15:00
  • Sun 9 Aug 2020 22:30
  • Sun 9 Aug 2020 23:30
  • Sun 9 Aug 2020 23:45
  • Sun 3 Jan 2021 15:30
  • Sun 3 Jan 2021 17:00
  • Tue 21 Dec 2021 14:45

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Watch the trailer

Watch the trailer

"I know what he's going to do to her. She'll be cavorting and twinkling!"

Pictures from the film

Pictures from the film

See a gallery of Saving Mr Banks images at the BBC Films site.

Clip: The origins of Mary Poppins

Clip: The origins of Mary Poppins

PL Travers said the character blew into her mind fully-formed. From The Culture Show.