CBBC greenlights live-action Enid Blyton drama

Production to begin this month on new tween drama based on Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers novels

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 02.07.2019 | Watch

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CBBC has greenlit Malory Towers, a new live-action series based on the Enid Blyton book series of the same name.

DHX Media and King Bert Productions are teaming on production, with principal photography getting underway this month in Toronto before shifting to the UK in September this year.

Enid Blyton’s original “set the template for popular British boarding school stories,” according to Cheryl Taylor, Head of Content for BBC Children’s. “We’re delighted to bring this classic title to CBBC.

“Malory Towers Darrell Rivers is a truly iconic character – sparky, independent and a fierce warrior against injustice,” she adds. “She shone a bright light on the potential of all girls at a time when expectations were very limited. The books have inspired generations of young readers and we can’t wait for our audience to meet Darrell and her friends.”

Malory Towers follows 12-year-old Darrell Rivers as she leaves home for the first time to attend an all-girls’ boarding school. The 13 x 30’ live-action series is set in the 1940s on the sun-drenched cliffs of the Cornish coast, and explores a nostalgic world of midnight feasts, lacrosse, pranks, and lasting friendships.

Keeping pace with contemporary audiences, the show will also tackle universal experiences include shifting cliques, FOMO, bullying, crushes, peer pressure, and self-doubt.

Michael Goldsmith, Executive Producer at DHX Media, says: “The enduring popularity of Enid Blyton’s novels illustrates that her stories are as relevant today as the day they were written. David Walliams’ team at King Bert Productions have done such wonderful work with children’s shows and period pieces that we can’t think of better collaborators to bring these novels to life on screen. With CBBC and Family Channel on board, we’re confident young viewers and families are going to love Malory Towers.”

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