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Swallows and Amazons to receive TV adaptation

17th May 2011

Arthur Ransome's classic children's tale Swallows and Amazons is to be adapted for the screen by the BBC, it has been announced.

The story charts the adventures of children from the Walker and Blackett families, who meet on holiday in the Lake District and take part in a number of activities, including exploring and sailing.

Christine Langan, head of BBC Films, said the adventure will remain true to the spirit of the 1929 novel and will not censor aspects of the book, unlike many modern adaptations, which conform with today's 'health and safety generation'.

'There is a danger we are physically infantilising our children. There is a sense of freedom in the book and a sense of innocence that people perhaps miss. The film is very timely,' she explained.

If the adaptation proves successful, the BBC will commission further small screen versions of Ransome's popular series, including Swallowdale, Peter Duck and Winter Holiday.

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