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It these bookends were deleted, the story would hold together seamlessly, but as it is they feel like unnecessary distractions.

Nobody would deny, however, that some of her writing contains social and cultural views that are no longer representative of contemporary opinion, and it’s only right that a dramatisation adjusts the work to reflect current social mores. I guess that even in the forties upper middle class, single sex boarding school girls were interested in boys though and would have discussed it. It becomes particularly difficult when the children are older and have outgrown their princess/pirate/cowboy/witch dressing up outfits that served us well for years representing numerous characters from fairy tales. She also becomes the best friend of Sally Hope, and is close with all the other girls in her dorm, (apart from Gwendoline Lacey, although they become close later in life). Inevitably, the dramatised version has a slightly tongue in cheek tone, not least when Darrell Rivers (Izuka Hoyle, pictured below with Francesca Mills), comments on how Alicia Johns’ is ‘deliciously naughty.Having different year groups makes Malory Towers feel like a real school on set and an integrated family off set. Darrell had barely started reflecting on the pantomime when a figure on a street corner caught her eye. The characters each reveal the strength wound through with vulnerability that makes them relatably comparable.

Her reckless behaviour gets the first form into trouble, but everything seems to be water off a duck’s back to her. I was thrilled with this as it is a book about a boarding school, so the main dress code is… school uniform. It was often difficult to muster the motivation to embark on the long trudge up the drive, when the reward was only grey meat, insipid mash and anaemic vegetables swimming in tangy water.Alicia and June have serious dedication and are big risk-takers, so they’d ensure that we would have a great adventure. By the time her younger sister Felicity is in the sixth form, Darrell has also begun work on a novel, based on a boarding school much like Malory Towers. The youth of Blyton's demographic and the time at which she was writing meant that her portrayal of boarding school was never going to tackle some of the thornier aspects of those schools that we wrestle with today. Lots of new characters that you will love, as well as – of course – more pranks, adventures, and mysteries!

All but a tiny handful of boarding schools are in the private sector and my experiences certainly illustrated the discrepancies between the systems. The worst thing is, Smiffy’s are capable of reasonably period costumes – if you look at their 1940’s section there’s some decent looking stuff if you ignore the odd shiny suit! I think my parents thought that I had a knack for acting and performing early on and enrolled me into acting classes when I was about five and then I just loved it ever since. As far as children’s stories go, Malory Towers has it all: sparky youngsters, peripheral grown-ups, minor conflicts with potentially perilous consequences and ultimately a wholly satisfying conclusion.You've no idea, Mary-Lou, just how hard it was to score those songs of yours just the right degree of pianissimo so that I didn't drown out your singing, but still carried the tune across the hall. It’s also not too hard to dress as the Famous Five or Adventure Series kids – some shorts, a shirt and pullover, a rope around your waist and you’re good to go!

The only reason they talk is when June is curious about what Alicia is doing, or when she wants to join in with her. But inevitably we put off thinking about it in the hope that some great idea will come to us, and instead, when it doesn’t, we end up in a last minute panic. It’s a trick that makes much of little, and allows the focus to remain firmly on the pupils, including gorgeous ‘Bill’ Robinson, played with swagger by Vinnie Heaven. Cut the dragon's mouth, where your child's face will go, out of a second cardboard box (not forgetting the jagged teeth).

Paper and pens are all you need to make these residents of the dark, dark house on a dark, dark street. Her… her name’s Amy,” Catherine stumbled, still trying hard to accept that someone who’d had the standing Darrell enjoyed at Malory Towers should not raise a fuss. Most of my contemporaries at the state comprehensive I went to, graduated to one of two local sixth form colleges, one in the town and one in the next town over.

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