The Famous Five heading to TV screens

Kindle Entertainment seals deal with Hachette UK to create new series.
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Kindle Entertainment has signed a co-production agreement with Hachette UK to create a TV series based on Enid Blyton's The Famous Five.

Kindle will be pitching the series to broadcasters and distributors, with the aim of securing funding.

The firm is planning to develop The Famous Five for today's audience while retaining the core values of the original stories. The TV series will add an element of time travel, as George and her dog Timmy will be transported back through the decades to Kirrin Bay in 1954. There, she meets Julian, Dick and Anne, who are spending the summer with Uncle Quentin and Aunt Fanny.

"The Famous Five is one of the most successful children's book series of all time, loved by three generations across the globe," said Melanie Stokes, founder and co-director of Kindle Entertainment. "We are over the moon to have the opportunity to bring these stories to life for today's audiences.

"With this year being the 70th anniversary of The Famous Five, it's the perfect time to introduce a fresh new take on these much-loved adventurers."

Anne McNeil, publisher for The Famous Five, added: "This innovative and creative proposal will allow new fans to share our excitement, as they are introduced to familiar characters and settings, shown through the eyes of a contemporary George."

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