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Edwardian child Enid Blyton begins to tell stories to her brothers as an escape from their parents' rows before the father deserts the family. Whilst training as a teacher after the Great ... See full summary »

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James Hawes

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Lindsay Shapero
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helena Bonham Carter ... Enid Blyton
Matthew Macfadyen ... Hugh Pollock
Denis Lawson ... Kenneth Waters
Claire Rushbrook ... Dorothy Richards
Joseph Millson ... Hanly Blyton
Ramona Marquez ... Imogen
Sinead Michael ... Gillian
Pooky Quesnel ... Theresa Blyton
Philip Wright Philip Wright ... Thomas Blyton
Lisa Diveney Lisa Diveney ... Enid (aged 19)
Alexandra Brain Alexandra Brain ... Enid (aged 12)
Samuel Hilton ... Hanly Blyton (aged 8)
James Warner James Warner ... Carey Blyton (aged 4)
Eileen O'Higgins ... Maid Maggie
Gabrielle Reidy Gabrielle Reidy ... Mrs Waters
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Edwardian child Enid Blyton begins to tell stories to her brothers as an escape from their parents' rows before the father deserts the family. Whilst training as a teacher after the Great War she sends her stories to publishers, one of whom, Hugh Pollock,takes her on and also marries her. They have two daughters but Enid is a terrible mother, letting a nanny rear them whilst she, ironically, bestows treats on anonymous children who worship her for her stories. She is completely self-absorbed,driving Hugh to drink and then to another woman. Enid uses the children as emotional blackmail to get a divorce on her terms before marrying Kenneth Waters, a weak man similar to her father. After World War Two she is as popular as ever, despite accusations of using a syndicate to pen her books and will carry on,adored by children who do not know her true nature, for another twenty years and her death in 1968. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Made as one of a three-part season called "Women We Loved" on BBC Four. The other two films in the series were Gracie! (2009) and Margot (2009). See more »

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[to her father]
Imogen: Do you want to come see our rabbit? We did have two, but Mummy and Uncle Kenneth ate the other one.
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When Helena Bonham Carter cries it shatters my heart
31 December 2019 | by yusufpiskinSee all my reviews

If you believe the movie she was a horrible, self centred individual who had no clue about how to be a mother. Wiki kind of agrees. Good movie though. Although it felt a bit like Saving Mr Banks at times. Despite that she remains the seventh best selling author of all time and the fourth most translated! I guess it comes at a price.


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