ON BBC iPLAYER FROM 23RD MARCH 2020
ON CBBC FROM 6TH APRIL 2020
ON THE FAMILY CHANNEL, CANADA and ABC iview, Australia
FROM 1ST JULY 2020
Pick of the Week – The Sunday Times, Mail Weekend
“What a gift this is… escapist, nostalgic and as glorious a treat as a midnight feast” – The Sunday Times
“…the programme we all need right now… it’s delightful… the production values are high, the script is brilliant… every Harry Potter fan will be glued to this, and their parents too” – Julia Raeside on Front Row, BBC Radio 4, 23rd March 2020 (from 22′)
**** “Absolutely ripping” – Lucy Mangan in The Guardian
**** “The artful modernisation by Sasha Hails and Rachel Flowerday… firmly keeps the message of the Blyton original.” – Libby Purves in The Daily Mail
**** “CBBC’s lovingly realised Enid Blyton adaptation” – The Mail Weekend
“Succour to a grateful nation” – Jenny Colgan in The Guardian
“Camilla Long loves bitchy Blyton-land” – The Sunday Times Culture magazine
“The lockdown hit for me… unexpectedly moving… This adaptation is a delight” – The Herald Scotland
Listen to Libby Purves reviewing Malory Towers on The Daily Show on 11th April 2020, from 22:30 here
“INDIA LOVES Malory Towers… absolutely first rate comfort viewing” – India Knight, The Sunday Times
“…my current televisual scented candle is the BBC’s adaptation of Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers… It’s completely adorable…” – Rachel Cooke in The New Statesman
“the breakout hit of TV lockdown” – Metro
“Can’t beat it… Call the Midwife for kids” – Michael Hogan for Sara Cox, BBC Radio 2
“a wonderful example of a children’s classic being deftly reassessed from a diverse modern perspective” – Larushka Ivan-Zadeh for Sight and Sound
“Downton for kids… Enid Blyton’s girls’ boarding school adventure provides tales of hope in times of crisis” – The Guardian, Saturday 21st March 2020
“New Enid Blyton drama is modern and empowering for girls, says BBC” – The Sunday Telegraph, 22nd March 2020
Read the Mail Weekend feature on Malory Towers here.
Rachel and Sasha Hails co-developed the CBBC/WildBrain adaptation of Enid Blyton’s classic school stories, a 13-part UK/North American co-pro directed by Bruce McDonald and Rebecca Rycroft, starring actors Ella Bright (Darrell), Danya Griver (Gwen), Sienna Arif-Knights (Sally).
The series arrived as a boxed set on BBC iPlayer from 23rd March 2020, two weeks ahead of its CBBC TX, due to BBC scheduling changes to support school closure.
In addition to its current runs on The Family Channel (Canada) and ABC iview (Australia), Malory Towers will soon be available internationally on BYUtv (US), streamer CBC Gem (Canada), ZDF (Germany), YLE (Finland), SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), Toonix and HBO (Nordics & CEE) and Hot (Israel).
Enid Blyton’s publisher, Hachette, have published an all-new novelisation of the TV series – Malory Towers: Darrell and Friends, available to order here: