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Enid Blyton's Famous Five

Updated on September 14, 2014
Enid Blyton:  Photo courtesy of
Enid Blyton: Photo courtesy of

Enid Mary Blyton (11 August 1897 – 28 November 1968) is arguably one of the most well known British children's authors of all time. The books in her "Famous Five" series are amongst her most popular stories for children of around 8 years of age and older.

The main characters are George (real name Georgina) and her dog Timmy, and her 3 cousins - Julian, Dick and Anne.

George is an only child and lives at her parent's house in the village of Kirrin. Her father, (Uncle Quentin to her cousins) is a scientist. George initially finds it difficult to make friends with her cousins when they come to stay in the first book (Five on a Treasure Island), but this soon changes after they share their first adventure together. From then on, they find themselves mixed up in all sorts of exciting adventures during other school holidays.

There are 21 books in the series. The first was published in 1942, but they remain very popular and are all widely available. The stories have also been adapted for Film, TV and radio, and are published internationally.

I remember learning to read so I could read the stories on my own!

Southern Television TV series in the UK

In the late 1970s, Southern Television, an ITV company in the UK, produced TV versions of most of her 21 Famous Five books.

Below is a link to episode 1 of Southern TVs "Five Go to Kirren Island".

Interestingly, Five Go to Kirren Island is the name of the programme, Kirren being an incorrect spelling of Kirrin. Note in the opening scene, the name of the cottage is shown correctly as Kirrin Cottage!

For part 2, and lots more from the series, just search on YouTube.


Five Go To Kirren Island Part One


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