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After this warts-and-all account of Pl Travers' life, we don't need to bother watching Saving Mr Banks

Oh dear. Mary Poppins and video games today, neither of which have really played any meaningful part in my life. Still, I suppose if anyone can get me into either, then Victoria Coren Mitchell and Charlie Brooker can. Guess who's on which. Brooker on Poppins – ha, that would have been interesting. Chim Chimney ...

The Secret Life of Mary Poppins: a Culture Show Special (BBC2, Saturday) is actually the secret life of her creator, Pl Travers. Victoria Coren Mitchell – bossy and stern, clipped, strict and ultimately mysterious – flies in on an east wind, to the Kent cottage where Travers lived. She sits where Travers sat, looks out of the window and in the mirror, of course, though sadly doesn't slide up the bannisters. But she does talk of the magic in the »

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