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Swallows and Amazons coming to big screen

The BBC and some major movie producing company are planning a big screen adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, reports The Guardian. They are treading on dangerous ground in a desperate attempt to find another Harry Potter-style franchise featuring school children with English accents. Do they not realise that a group of children – completely unsupervised by adults – sail around one of the Lake District lakes and I don’t think there is a single life jacket in sight. And then there is the thorny issue of Titty, who became Kitty in an earlier TV adaptation.

That book was published 81 years ago. I always found it impossible not to think of Swallows and Amazons whenever we visited the Lake District.

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