CBBC has given the go ahead to a new live-action series based on the famous Enid Blyton book series, Malory Towers.
The series will be produced by DHX Media and King Bert Productions and will follow the adventures of the 12 year old Darrell Rivers as she leaves home for the first time to attend an all girls boarding school.
The series is expected to premiere on CBBC and DHX Television’s Family Channel in 2020.
Cheryl Taylor, head of content for BBC Children’s, said: “Malory Towers set the template for popular British boarding school stories and we’re delighted to bring this classic title to CBBC.
“Darrell Rivers is a truly iconic character – sparky, independent and a fierce warrior against injustice. 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.”
Jo Sargent, executive producer at King Bert, added: “It has been a pleasure working with Enid Blyton Entertainment over the past 12 months and King Bert is now delighted to be on board with DHX Media in order to bring this classic series to life.
“Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers universe is the perfect project for King Bert and the perfect show for today with such empowering female leads at the helm. Malory Towers is an adored series and we cannot wait for a new generation of audience to be equally inspired by its charms.”
Set in the 1940s on the cliffs of the Cornish coast, Malory Towers explores a nostalgic world of midnight feasts, lacrosse, pranks, and friendships. For a contemporary audience, the show tells the story of universal experiences, including shifting cliques, FOMO, bullying, crushes, peer pressure, and self-doubt.
Michael Goldsmith, executive producer at DHX Media, concluded: “We’re thrilled to addMalory Towers to our strong slate of live-action shows for kids and families. 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.”