MALORY TOWERS

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Click on the above image to be taken to the CBBC Malory Towers Home Page.

Produced by King Bert Productions / Wild Brain

For CBBC / Family Channel 

(6 x 30min, Series 1 of 13 episodes)

Director Rebecca Rycroft

Adapted by / Writers - Rachel Flowerday, Sasha Hails. 

Producer Grainne McNamara, Angela Boudreault

Exec Producer Jo Sargent, Michael Goldsmith

Starring - Ella Bright, Danya Griver, Zoey Siewert, Sienna Arif Knights, Imogen Lamb, Natasha Raphael, Beth Bradfield, Twinkle Jaiswal, Saskia Kemkers, Ashley McGuire, Jennifer Wigmore, Imali Perera, Christine Horne, Genevieve Beaudet, Hannah Saxby, Rob Carter, Flora Dawson, Naomi Sheldon, Ayesha Antoine, Minti Horne and, Jude Harper Wrobel. 

***Rose D'or Nominated 2020 - Children & Youth

Can also be seen on BYUtv (US), CBC Gem (Canada), ABC (Australia), ZDF (Germany), YLE (Finland), SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), Toonix and HBO (Nordics & CEE) and Hot (Israel)

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Margaret played by Christine Horne, Matron played by Ashley McGuire, Sally played by Sienna Arif Knights

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'The Letter' - Episode 9, Mrs Hope played by Ayesha Antoine, Miss Potts played by Imali Perera.

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Gwendoline Mary Lacey played by Danya Griver

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Sally Hope played by Sienna Arif Knights, and Darrell, played by Ella Bright

Mrs Rivers played by Flora Dawson, and Darrell, played by Ella Bright

Gwendoline played by Danya Griver, Jean played by Beth Bradfield.

Malory Towers is a new 13-part drama based on the iconic novels by Enid Blyton and following the adventures of Darrell Rivers as she leaves home for the first time to attend an all-girls’ boarding school.

The series is set in post-war Britain on the sun-drenched cliffs of the Cornish coast and explores a nostalgic world of midnight feasts, lacrosse, pranks, a mystery ghost and lasting friendships. Both aspirational and inspirational, the show has also been given a contemporary twist telling the story of universal experiences such as shifting cliques, FOMO, bullying, crushes, peer pressure, and self-doubt. The girls keep an eye on each other and, like a family, are forever connected by their shared experiences.

MEDIA LINKS / REVIEWS for the Acclaimed series:

4 STARS - THE GUARDIAN - Lucy Mangan

‘Midnight Feasts and horrid sneaks make for a ripping Blyton Yarn’

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/apr/06/malory-towers-review-enid-blyton-cbbc-boarding-school-classic-midnight-feasts

 

PICK OF THE WEEK - THE SUNDAY TIMES - Victoria Segal

What a gift this is: released on the iPlayer when schools closed, this adaptation of Enid Blyton’s boarding-school stories debuts on CBBC in a tumble of lacrosse nets and pillow feathers. Absolutely true to the spirit of the originals, the series follows 12-year-old Darrell Rivers (Ella Bright, pictured) as she starts her first term at the girls’ school, meeting the madcap Alicia Johns (Zoey Siewert), mousy Mary-Lou (Imogen Lamb), absent-minded Irene (Natasha Raphael) and imperious Gwendoline (Dänya Griver) on the way. Some are bricks and some are beasts; there are mysteries and a strong moral code, as well as plenty of pranks. With This Country’s Ashley McGuire playing the irascible Matron and Jennifer Wigmore as the stately headmistress Miss Grayling, it’s a world away from online learning platforms — escapist, nostalgic and as glorious a treat as a midnight feast.

Victoria Tegal

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tv-and-radio-picks-of-the-week-malory-towers-rebecca-maradona-at-the-foot-of-the-cross-g992qvpm3

 

⭐⭐⭐⭐Mail on Sunday

4 STARS - DAILY MAIL - Libby Purves

‘Such a jolly escape!’

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8193785/In-days-like-joy-Enid-Blyton-TV-writes-LIBBY-PURVES.html

GUARDIAN - ‘Downton for Kids’

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/mar/20/downton-for-kids-bbc-brings-forward-malory-towers-adaptation

 

DAILY MAIL

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8172973/First-TV-adaptation-Enid-Blytons-boarding-school-books-Malory-Towers.html

INDEPENDENT - A thoroughly modern take on a Classic Enid Blyton series

https://inews.co.uk/culture/malory-towers-cbbc-review-enid-blyton-2516495

 

Good HouseKeeping

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/lifestyle/a31892161/bbc-malory-towers-adaption-iplayer/

 

The Daily Telegraph

‘New Enid Blyton drama is modern and empowering for girls, says BBC

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/21/new-enid-blyton-drama-modern-empowering-girlssays-bbc/

Click on any of the above images to be taken the individual episodes of Malory Towers - Directed by Bex, and also a cheeky Behind the Scenes Video, filmed by Bex on location in Devon.

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