Malory Towers (TV series)

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Malory Towers
GenreDrama
Created by
  • Rachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails
Based onMalory Towers
by Enid Blyton
Directed by
  • Rebecca Rycroft (Season 1)
  • Bruce McDonald (Season 1–)
  • Gary Williams (Season 2)
  • Tracey Rooney (Season 2–
Starring
  • Ella Bright
  • Danya Griver
  • Zoey Siewert
  • Sienna Arif-Knights
  • Imogen Lamb
Composers
  • Richard Pell
  • Lora Bidner
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes41
Production
Executive producers
  • Josh Scherba
  • Anne Loi
  • Michael Goldsmith
  • Jo Sargent
  • Yvonne Sellins
  • Rachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails
  • Andra Duke
  • Michael A. Dunn
Producers
  • David Collier
  • Grainne McNamara
  • Angela Boudreault
  • Jim Corston
  • Daniel Bourré
Production locations
Production companies
DistributorBBC Studios (United Kingdom)
WildBrain Distribution (Worldwide)[1]
Release
Original network
Original release6 April 2020 (2020-04-06) –
present

Malory Towers is a British-Canadian children's television series, based on the eponymous book series by Enid Blyton.

The first series were released early on BBC iPlayer on 23 March 2020, and later premiered on CBBC on 6 April 2020 in the United Kingdom. In Canada, the show premiered on Family Channel with a two-part event on 1 July 2020. In America, it premiered on BYUtv on 13 September 2020. The third season premiered on 4 July 2022 on CBBC.

Internationally, the series is broadcast on CBC Gem in Canada, ABC Me in Australia, ZDF and KiKA in Germany, e-Junior, Yle TV2 in Finland, SVT Barn in Sweden, NRK Super in Norway, HBO Max in Scandinavia and HOT in Israel.[2][3]

In 2022 a fourth series entered production.[4]

Premise[edit]

Set in post-World War II Britain, the show follows the adventures of 12-year-old Darrell Rivers as she leaves home to attend an all-girls' boarding school and "explores a nostalgic world of midnight feasts, lacrosse, pranks, a mystery ghost and lasting friendships." The TV series updates Blyton's post-war period piece for a modern audience with a racially diverse and inclusive cast.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Ella Bright as Darrell Rivers
  • Danya Griver as Gwendoline Mary Lacey
  • Zoey Siewert as Alicia Johns (Seasons 1–2; 4-)
  • Sienna Arif-Knights as Sally Hope
  • Imogen Lamb as Mary-Lou Linnet
  • Natasha Raphael as Irene Edwards (recurring season 1; main season 2–)
  • Beth Bradfield as Jean Dunlop (recurring season 1; main season 2–)
  • Ashley McGuire as Matron (Recurring season 1; main season 2–)
  • Carys John as Ellen Wilson (Season 2–)
  • Amelie Green as Wilhelmina 'Bill' Robinson (Season 3–)

Recurring[edit]

  • Twinkle Jaiswal as Katherine (Season 1)
  • Saskia Kemkers as Emily (Season 1)
  • Hannah Saxby as Pamela (Season 1)
  • Geneviève Beaudet as Mam’Zelle Rougier
  • Imali Perera as Miss Potts (Season 1)
  • Jennifer Wigmore[5] (Season 1 & Christmas Special-) as Miss Elizabeth Grayling
  • Christine Horne as Margaret (Season 1)
  • Jude Harper-Wrobel as Ron
  • Birgitte Solem (Seasons 2–3) as Miss Elizabeth Grayling
  • Jason Callender[5] as Mr. Parker (Season 2 & 4)
  • Edie Whitehead as Georgina Thomas (Season 2)
  • Christien Anholt as Mr. Lacey (Season 3–)
  • Emily Piggford as Miss Julia Johnson and Jennifer Johnson (Season 3)
  • Bre Francis as Mavis (Season 3)

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1136 April 2020 (2020-04-06)29 June 2020 (2020-06-29)
21322 November 2021 (2021-11-22)7 February 2022 (2022-02-07)
3134 July 2022 (2022-07-04)19 September 2022 (2022-09-19)
Specials5 December 2022 (2022-12-05)6 December 2022 (2022-12-06)


Series 1[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"The First Day"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails6 April 2020 (2020-04-06) (CBBC)
13 September 2020 (2020-09-13) (BYUtv)
New girls Darrell Rivers, Sally Hope and Gwendoline Mary Lacey arrive for their first day at Malory Towers, their new school on a clifftop location above an idyllic coastline. They meet Miss Grayling, the wise and dignified headmistress, no-nonsense First Form mistress Miss Potts, and the stern Matron. Gwendoline hopes that she and Darrell will be best friends, but is due for an unpleasant surprise.
2"The New Girls"Bruce McDonaldJulie Dixon13 April 2020 (2020-04-13) (CBBC)
13 September 2020 (2020-09-13) (BYUtv)
Darrell is hopeful of securing a place on the junior lacrosse team, but misses the trials when her sports shoes mysteriously disappear. However, Head Girl Pamela includes Darrell as first reserve. Meanwhile, jealous Gwen is determined to get to the bottom of Darrell's past at St. Hilda's.
3"The Trick"Bruce McDonaldRichie Conroy & Mark Hodkinson20 April 2020 (2020-04-20) (CBBC)
20 September 2020 (2020-09-20) (BYUtv)
Alicia's new trick sweets are confiscated by Matron, with unfortunate results when Matron unwisely samples one herself. Alicia and Darrell devise another trick with riotous results in Mam'zelle Rougier's French class. When Gwen sneaks to Matron, Darrell needs to think quickly to avoid being reported to Miss Grayling, but still has to face a difficult interview with Miss Potts.
4"The Slap"Rebecca RycroftRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails27 April 2020 (2020-04-27) (CBBC)
27 September 2020 (2020-09-27) (BYUtv)
Gwen's unpleasant side surfaces when she bullies timid Mary-Lou in the swimming pool. Darrell loses her temper and does something unspeakable to Gwen. The First Formers hold a form meeting to decide what should be done, which leaves Mary-Lou devoted to Darrell and Gwen more resentful than ever.
5"The Match"Rebecca RycroftRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails4 May 2020 (2020-05-04) (CBBC)
4 October 2020 (2020-10-04) (BYUtv)
Sally suffers a stomach ache and drops out of the lacrosse team. Darrell replaces her as first reserve. But when Malory Towers' opponents are unexpectedly replaced by St. Hilda's, her old school, Darrell finds herself having to face her past. In this, she receives good advice from Mary-Lou and Sally, while Gwen hears some home truths.
6"The Midnight Feast"Rebecca RycroftJulia Kent11 May 2020 (2020-05-11) (CBBC)
11 October 2020 (2020-10-11) (BYUtv)
It is Alicia's birthday and she receives a generous food hamper. She plans a midnight feast in North Tower, but Darrell is reluctant to lose sleep on the night before an important examination. Gwen, to her horror, discovers that exam marks are sent to parents. When the midnight feast is interrupted by Matron, forcing the girls to hide in Miss Grayling's study, Gwen finds an opportunity to cheat in the exam.
7"The Open Day"Rebecca RycroftKate Hewlett18 May 2020 (2020-05-18) (CBBC)
18 October 2020 (2020-10-18) (BYUtv)
It is half term and Malory Towers welcomes the girls' parents to an open day of picnics and sporting events. Mary-Lou is invited to a picnic by Gwen with her mother, and has to endure Gwen's untruthful boasting about her academic and sporting prowess. Meanwhile Darrell is worried about the poor grades in her half term report and struggles to find a companion to introduce to her parents as her best friend.
8"The Push"Rebecca RycroftRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails25 May 2020 (2020-05-25) (CBBC)
25 October 2020 (2020-10-25) (BYUtv)
Sally behaves oddly whenever her baby sister is mentioned. Darrell joins the remedial class, taken by Head Girl Pamela, to improve her grades. When Sally is again taken ill with stomach pains, Matron is dismissive, believing she ate too many strawberries at the open day. But Darrell believes otherwise, fearing she may have been the cause. She does all she can to find a doctor so that Sally can be treated. Sally had suffered from appendicitis and got treated by Darrell's father.
9"The Letter"Rebecca RycroftRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails1 June 2020 (2020-06-01) (CBBC)
1 November 2020 (2020-11-01) (BYUtv)
The Malory Towers ghost appears again, seen by Sally who is recovering in the sanatorium. Darrell, still worried about Sally's behaviour, has written to Sally's mother. Her good intentions backfire when Sally disappears after her mother decides to remove her from Malory Towers. Gwen volunteers to replace Sally as Pamela's monitor, with catastrophic results. Pamela, meanwhile, makes a discovery that seems to explain Darrell's slowness in class.
10"The Dress"Bruce McDonaldRichie Conroy & Mark Hodkinson8 June 2020 (2020-06-08) (CBBC)
8 November 2020 (2020-11-08) (BYUtv)
A beautiful dress arrives at Malory Towers and there is much speculation as to who the owner might be. Darrell replaces Gwen as Pamela's monitor, but is disappointed when she finds out that Pamela has changed her plans to train as a teacher, and will be leaving Malory Towers.
11"The Spider"Bruce McDonaldRichie Conroy & Mark Hodkinson15 June 2020 (2020-06-15) (CBBC)
15 November 2020 (2020-11-15) (BYUtv)
Timid Mary-Lou is terrified of spiders and falls victim to several spiteful tricks, including the appearance of a large spider that creates mayhem in the French class. Darrell and Sally devise a plan to improve Mary-Lou's confidence, after which the girls buy her a beautiful fountain pen to remind her of her bravery.
12"The Ghost"Bruce McDonaldKate Hewlett22 June 2020 (2020-06-22) (CBBC)
22 November 2020 (2020-11-22) (BYUtv)
Darrell and Sally, now best friends, decide to track down the Malory Towers ghost. Sally marks all the sightings of the ghost on a map and the girls mount a night-time watch. After a series of adventures in the dark, involving a secret passage and a family drama, the mystery is finally solved. Meanwhile a jealous act of spite is directed at Mary-Lou.
13"The Last Day"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails29 June 2020 (2020-06-29) (CBBC)
29 November 2020 (2020-11-29) (BYUtv)
It is the last day of term. The girls are horrified when Mary-Lou discovers her new fountain pen has been deliberately smashed. The evidence seems to point to Darrell, who must defend herself to the rest of the form. But Mary-Lou's faith in Darrell is unshaken and it is she who finds the evidence that reveals the real culprit.

Series 2[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"The Head of Form"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails22 November 2021 (2021-11-22) (BBC iPlayer)
27 February 2022 (2022-02-27) (BYUtv App)
The girls are now in the second form at Malory Towers. They are joined by newcomers Ellen Wilson, a scholarship girl, and Mr Parker, the new master of the second form. One of the first tasks for the girls is to elect a new Head of Form, and must choose between three candidates. Meanwhile Darrell's dyslexia continues to cause problems for her.
2"The Dunce's Cap"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails22 November 2021 (2021-11-22) (BBC iPlayer)
27 February 2022 (2022-02-27) (BYUtv App)
Matron advises Mr Parker to take a firm hand with the second form girls, else they will be out of control. His solution is to introduce the girls to the "Dunce's Cap," much to their discomfort. They respond using Alicia's new pink chalk trick. The girls discover there is a talented artist in their midst when a sharply-drawn caricature of Mr Parker is found.
3"The Stray"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails22 November 2021 (2021-11-22) (BBC iPlayer)
27 February 2022 (2022-02-27) (BYUtv App)
When Matron's smoked kippers disappear, she suspects there may be a thief at Malory Towers. The mystery is solved when Ellen finds a stray cat in the grounds, but finds herself in trouble when she decides to adopt it. As more caricatures appear, the girls notice a clue that enables them to identify the unknown artist.
4"The Auditions"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails22 November 2021 (2021-11-22) (BBC iPlayer)
27 February 2022 (2022-02-27) (BYUtv App)
A school play featuring Lady Jane Malory is planned. Gwen auditions for the lead role with Darrell's help, but things do not work out as she had planned. After the girls discover that Malory Towers may be in financial difficulties, Darrell and Sally embark on a search for Lady Jane's long-lost jewels, but do not allow for Alicia's mischievous nature.
5"The Caricatures"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails22 November 2021 (2021-11-22) (BBC iPlayer)
27 February 2022 (2022-02-27) (BYUtv App)
It is Alicia's birthday and, to her dismay, her usual hamper from her parents fails to arrive. The girls decide to bake a cake to cheer her up, but their plans are interrupted when a furious Mam'zelle Rougier discovers a caricature showing her being spoon-fed cod liver oil by Matron. A softer side of Matron is seen when she saves the cake and placates Mam'zelle.
6"The Runaway"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails22 November 2021 (2021-11-22) (BBC iPlayer)
27 February 2022 (2022-02-27) (BYUtv App)
Ellen worries that her Malory Towers scholarship may be taken away from her if she does not perform well in her academic work. Despite overworking to prepare for a class test, she convinces herself that she is a failure and, distraught, runs away. Gwen's preparations for the school play, meanwhile, are not going well, and the rumour that Malory Towers may be forced to close because of financial problems is spreading wider.
7"The Play"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails22 November 2021 (2021-11-22) (BBC iPlayer)
27 February 2022 (2022-02-27) (BYUtv App)
8"The Measles"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails22 November 2021 (2021-11-22) (BBC iPlayer)
27 February 2022 (2022-02-27) (BYUtv App)
9"The Sneezing Trick"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails22 November 2021 (2021-11-22) (BBC iPlayer)
27 February 2022 (2022-02-27) (BYUtv App)
10"The School Trip"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails22 November 2021 (2021-11-22) (BBC iPlayer)
27 February 2022 (2022-02-27) (BYUtv App)
11"The Quiz"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails22 November 2021 (2021-11-22) (BBC iPlayer)
27 February 2022 (2022-02-27) (BYUtv App)
12"The Heroine"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails22 November 2021 (2021-11-22) (BBC iPlayer)
27 February 2022 (2022-02-27) (BYUtv App)
13"The Lost Treasure"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails22 November 2021 (2021-11-22) (BBC iPlayer)
27 February 2022 (2022-02-27) (BYUtv App)

Series 3[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"New Arrivals"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails4 July 2022 (2022-07-04) (BBC iPlayer)
29 August 2022 (2022-08-29) (BYUtv App)
The girls return to Malory Towers where they meet their new instructor: Miss Johnson and the new classmate: Bill (Wilhelmina). Sally isn't with them though as she is home with the mumps. Gwen's father is offered the position of the Head of the Board of Governors, but he refuses to discuss his decision with Gwen unless she first truly tries to become a Malory Towers girl in more than looks. Meanwhile Bill decides she must leave when Miss Johnson decides she needs to go back to second form, but Darrell thinks another solution could be available.
2"The Trials"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails4 July 2022 (2022-07-04) (BBC iPlayer)
29 August 2022 (2022-08-29) (BYUtv App)

Mary-Lou begins suffering from severe acne and her period, but she tries to hide it by wearing a scarf and claiming she's cold. Matron is asked to give the girls a lesson on some of the difficulties they'll suffer as they're growing up. Meanwhile lacrosse trials are held with both Gwendolyn and Mary-Lou being possible surprise additions, but can the girls find a way to motivate Gwen to play when she doesn't believe she has the skills?

Note: This episode has alternate scenes and dialogue for its U.S. broadcast on BYUtv, in which Mary-Lou only has severe acne on her back, rather than getting her period.[6][7]
3"The Surprise Picnic"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails4 July 2022 (2022-07-04) (BBC iPlayer)
29 August 2022 (2022-08-29) (BYUtv App)
Miss Johnson catches Bill riding Thunder outside of hours and decides to give her an order mark. Meanwhile a sixth former, Mavis, is looking for someone to accompany her to a singing audition. Darrell decides to host a midnight feast in the stables, but in order to do so she must first get some leftovers that could cause her the risk of being caught by the teachers. And even if she can get the treats can they keep them hidden when teachers are prowling the grounds at night?
4"The Accident"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails4 July 2022 (2022-07-04) (BBC iPlayer)
29 August 2022 (2022-08-29) (BYUtv App)
After being caught again at the stables Bill has her weekday riding privileges revoked unless she can pass her French test. Miss Grayling agrees to make sure Thunder gets the proper exercise, but when Thunder turns up the next day without a rider Bill and Darrell realize someone is in danger. They ride out and learn Miss Grayling has fallen and broken her leg. Darrell stays with Miss Grayling until an ambulance can take her. As the staff discusses who should take charge Miss Johnson reveals the Governors have asked her to do so. The next day Bill asks if she can see Thunder, but Miss Johnson denies her that privilege.
5"The New Headmistress"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails4 July 2022 (2022-07-04) (BBC iPlayer)
29 August 2022 (2022-08-29) (BYUtv App)
Miss Johnson installs a new set of rules that will guarantee everyone gets demerits but that she believes will turn everyone into proper young ladies. The rules cause Darrell to lose her temper and accidentally break a book. Now unless Darrell can repair the book she'll lose the right to play in the match, and with the county scout being present she'll also lose the potential for future playing elsewhere.
6"The Voice"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails4 July 2022 (2022-07-04) (BBC iPlayer)
29 August 2022 (2022-08-29) (BYUtv App)
Sally returns to Malory Towers and learns of all the new rules. Seeing that the rules limit the opportunity for growth Sally decides to write Ms. Grayling and see how soon she can return. Meanwhile the new strict rules could cost Mavis and Irene the chance to audition, and it could cause Mavis to develop an illness.
7"The Dance"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails4 July 2022 (2022-07-04) (BBC iPlayer)
29 August 2022 (2022-08-29) (BYUtv App)
Miss Johnson puts Gwen in charge of a school dance with the same boys the girls beat in the quiz. Gwen sends Mary-Lou out to find some ivy, and she comes upon a statue that appears to be a quality art piece that she decides to show to Darrell. Meanwhile the boys place some sneezing powder on the cake that could ruin all of Gwen's prep.
8"The Sisters"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails4 July 2022 (2022-07-04) (BBC iPlayer)
29 August 2022 (2022-08-29) (BYUtv App)
Darrell's sister Felicity arrives to take a test and see if she can be admitted to Malory Towers. However Miss Johnson's rules limit what Felicity can do, and her censorship of all the girls letters makes it where none of them can get any news out about what is really occurring at the school. To make things worse Miss Johnson blackmails Darrell and says she may not allow Felicity to attend Malory Towers unless Darrell begins obeying all the rules.
9"The Hamper"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails4 July 2022 (2022-07-04) (BBC iPlayer)
29 August 2022 (2022-08-29) (BYUtv App)
Alicia sends the girls a basket of goodies and items that can be used for pranks, but when one of the girls decides to use a sock as a fake mouse Miss Johnson decides to punish Darrell by making her miss the lacrosse trials. If that weren't enough Darrell lets her temper get the better of here which costs her the opportunity to go to the circus and leads Miss Johnson to confine the whole basket of goodies, including some cans of peaches that could help Mavis get over her laryngitis.
10"The Peaches"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails4 July 2022 (2022-07-04) (BBC iPlayer)
29 August 2022 (2022-08-29) (BYUtv App)
Miss Johnson has confiscated the peaches Alicia sent to Darrell, so Darrell and Sally come up with a plan to get them back while the other third form girls are at the circus. Mary-Lou and Irene act like they're sick so they can help Darrell and Sally, but while trying to recover the peaches Darrell learns that Miss Johnson had hid Mavis' and Irene's letters as well as stolen letters from the outgoing mail intended for Miss Grayling.
11"The Ride"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails4 July 2022 (2022-07-04) (BBC iPlayer)
29 August 2022 (2022-08-29) (BYUtv App)
When Thunder gets ill, Matron is worried he may have developed colic. Now Bill is willing to do anything to try to save him including confronting Miss Johnson, ignoring Matron's orders, and even stealing another horse to ride to the vet.
12"The Arrest"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails4 July 2022 (2022-07-04) (BBC iPlayer)
29 August 2022 (2022-08-29) (BYUtv App)
Bill receives mail from home that's wrapped in a newspaper. The newspaper reveals there's an art thief in the area and that they are the ones who stole the statue Mary-Lou saw earlier. After Miss Johnson refuses to listen to the story, the girls have Bill secretly contact Miss Grayling and set up surveillance with Ron, who has found the stolen art in the stable. Miss Grayling returns, and she asks for a one-on-one talk with Gwen. When the art thief returns Ron identifies her as Miss Johnson, but Sally has seen Miss Johnson outside of Miss Grayling's door the entire time. Gwen goes to reveal what she knows to Miss Grayling, but Miss Johnson intercepts her and then contacts the police to arrest Ron for theft.
13"The Thief"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails4 July 2022 (2022-07-04) (BBC iPlayer)
29 August 2022 (2022-08-29) (BYUtv App)
The girls discover a picture with 2 Miss Johnson's in it and realize she is the thief they've been looking for. Mary-Lou realizes the paintings they've done are actually the stolen paintings, so the girls manage to safely remove the paint from one corner to prove Miss Johnson is the thief. Miss Johnson realizes she's been discovered, so she prepares to sneak out during the assembly only to be confronted by Gwen and Bill. Will Miss Grayling believe the girls evidence and allow the real culprits to be caught, or will Miss Johnson escape?

Christmas Specials[8][edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"The Ghost of Christmas Present"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails4 December 2022 (2022-12-04) (BYUtv)
5 December 2022 (2022-12-05) (CBBC)

The Malory Towers girls are all excited and ready to travel home for Christmas, but not without a festive farewell where Ron brings his Great Granny Mary and his little brother Fred to meet everyone. However the news isn't good for Darrell or Gwen. Darrell's family is unable to travel to pick her up due to an incoming storm, and Gwen has been told she'll be remaining at the school because her parents are undergoing a divorce. Things quickly escalate when some of the other girls (Mary-Lou, Sally, and Ellen) get stuck after missing the train and when Darrell begins to hear a mysterious moaning and groaning from the walls. Has Malory Towers gained a Ghost to haunt the girls unexpected Christmas at the school?

Note: This episode has a different title for those that air it as 1-hour instead of two parts: "Christmas at Malory Towers".
2"The Ghost of Christmas Past"Bruce McDonaldRachel Flowerday & Sasha Hails4 December 2022 (2022-12-04) (BYUtv)
6 December 2022 (2022-12-06) (CBBC)

After seeing an SOS sent from the school Bill decides she must rush to the school on Thunder to solve the problem. Irene and Jean plan on following, as they are staying at Bill's for the Christmas Break. Meanwhile Matron and Ms. Grayling must ride out the storm in a broken down car and then figure out the most efficient way to get to the school. At the school Sally and Ellen find out who the Ghost is, and it's an individual who used to run the school, but in the process Mary-Lou accidentally gets locked outside. And when Gwen decides she should runaway for being different, Darrell realizes she might have been the one to over react and determines she must go save her and bring her back.

Note: This episode has a different title for those that air it as 1-hour instead of two parts: "Christmas at Malory Towers".

Production[edit]

In July 2019, it was announced in a press release that CBBC and Family Channel had commissioned a 13-part co-produced adaptation of Enid Blyton's ‘phenomenal’ Malory Towers. Sasha Hails and Rachel Flowerday would adapt the series for television with Rebecca Rycroft and Bruce McDonald directing. From DHX Media, Josh Scherba, Anne Loi and Michael Goldsmith are executive producing; Angela Boudreault is producing. From King Bert Productions, Jo Sargent is executive producing and Grainne McNamara is producing.[9]

Principal photography began in Toronto, Canada in summer 2019 and later moved to in Cornwall and Devon in England, shooting at Hartland Abbey and in the town of Bodmin.[10]

Release[edit]

CBBC released a teaser trailer on 20 March 2020 with the announcement that the series would premiere on 6 April 2020.[11] The entire first series of episodes was available to view early on BBC iPlayer as of 23 March to viewers in the UK with a TV licence.[12] The first two episodes aired on Family Channel in Canada that 1 July.[13] The second season was also released in its entirety on the BBC iPlayer on 22 November 2021, with broadcasts expected on CBBC in 2022.[14]

It was also announced that WildBrain would handle international distribution outside the United Kingdom.[15]

Malory Towers began airing on BYUtv on Sundays in America on 13 September 2020.[16]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "The Trials".
  7. ^ "Malory Towers - Series 3: 2. The Trials".
  8. ^ "HIT SERIES MALORY TOWERS FROM WILDBRAIN AND KING BERT GETS FESTIVE WITH CHRISTMAS SPECIAL".
  9. ^ "CBBC and Family Channel commission Malory Towers". Licensing Magazine. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  10. ^ Conlan, Tara (20 March 2020). "'Downton for kids': BBC brings forward Malory Towers adaptation". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  11. ^ Butler, Karen (22 March 2020). "'Malory Towers' series to premiere on CBBC April 6". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  12. ^ Chabo, Elena (23 March 2020). "BBC's new Malory Towers adaption arrives on iPlayer early". Good Housekeeping. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  13. ^ David, Greg (18 June 2020). "Family Channel enrols at Malory Towers". TV, Eh?. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  14. ^ Simon Artymiuk (21 November 2021). "Enid Blyton Cornish boarding school classic Malory Towers returns to iPlayer". The Cornish Times. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
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  16. ^ Shields, Judy (12 September 2020). "BYUtv Premieres "Malory Towers" Sunday, September 13 at 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT". The Hollywood Times. Retrieved 15 October 2020.

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