Last Night's Imagine

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I managed the stride across Vauxhall Bridge and up to Victoria station in quick time following the Branford Boase presentations and arrived home an hour earlier than expected, in time for Alan Yentob's documentary (in the BBC's Imagine series) about the 'suitability' of books for older children.
Yentob's films are always enjoyable and any film composed mainly of author interviews cannot fail to make absorbing viewing but, considered as a documentary which had a title something like 'Suitable for children?', the prgramme was infuriatingly messy, jumping about from one thing to another. As if it didn't trust the likes of Pullman and Mark Haddon to have sufficient audience appeal, it gave unnecessary space to a routine sequence about the Victorian view of childhood and Lewis Carroll's 'Alice' and substantial chunks of Salmon Rushdie speaking generally about 'storytelling' but not shedding much light on the question raised by the programme title. The result was that the other interviews - particularly those with Malorie Blackman, Melvin Burgess and a selection of young readers - were both too perfunctory and too erratically distributed in the programme's timeline to amount to anything substantial.
As so often with TV about children's literature - a great opportunity more or less wasted.

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