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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.

Fallen on hard times, reclusive British author PL Travers travels 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?

2 hours

Last on

Boxing Day 2018 14:30

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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


  • 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

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.