Thursday, 31 December 2015

The Secret Life of Mary Poppins

In 1933 Helen Lyndon Goff working under the pseudonym P. L. (Pamela Lyndon) Travers began writing the first of what would become 7 books featuring the magical nanny, Mary Poppins.  Hugely successful in their own right the character would reach legendary status in 1964 with the arrival of the Disney movie.

Travers was a notoriously difficult and cantankerous character with an unusual private life and an outspoken nature who was rightfully protective of her creation and such makes for a fascinating subject for a documentary.

Victoria Coren Mitchell presents this look at the life and times of this singular lady made to coincide with the release of 'Saving Mr Banks' the movie made about the relationship between Travers and Walt Disney.

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