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BBC banned Enid Blyton’s work for 30 years

Published 16/11/2009 | 04:33

Children's author Enid Blyton was banned from the BBC for nearly 30 years because the corporation thought she was a “second-rater” whose work “lacked literary value”.

A series of letters and memos from the BBC archives disclose how Blyton, the creator of The Famous Five, The Secret Seven and Noddy — and one of the best-selling authors of her time — was kept off the radio as executives dismissed her plays and books as “such very small beer”.

In an internal memo dated 1938, Jean Sutcliffe, head of the BBC Schools department, dismissed the author's work in no uncertain terms, saying “they haven't much literary value”.

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