Blyton-mania

September 8, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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September is a good month for Blyton fans. Monday sees the BFI DVD release of the Children’s Film Foundation adaptations of Five on a Treasure Island (1957) and Five Have a Mystery to Solve (1964), complete with new film transfers, gorgeously illustrated booklets and specially commissioned essays by Blyton expert Norman Wright. Box sets with heritage editions of the stories are exclusive to HMV (currently available to pre-order for £11.99).

The BFI must be chock full of Enid admirers because this month also heralds the launch of a Blyton-themed Mediatheque programme called Toyland Tales and Happy Endings: The Legacy of Enid Blyton. As well as teaser episodes of both of the CFF serials, there are a host of other exciting and often hard-to-see films and television programmes including the first episode of the 1990 Castle of Adventure; the recent biopic, Enid (2009); First Reaction (1992), a schoolgirl’s thoughts on the editorially tweaked new versions of Blyton’s books (with toned down sexism); the classic parody, Five Go Mad in Dorset (1982); and bonkbuster author Jackie Collins, interviewed in 1996, on what is a somewhat surprising choice for her favourite book…

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