From Book Tower to In the Night Garden, Anne Wood’s creations have been engaging children for generations. She came to the Friend office to talk to Joseph Jones.
I watched one of your first programmes, Book Tower, as a child. My son loved In the Night Garden. That’s a forty-year span. When someone influences adults for that long they become a household name, but people who create things for children don’t seem to get the same acclaim. I only recently realised you were a Quaker, to be honest…
My dark secret! People pay lip service to things for children, I suppose. But children’s TV is very much in danger at the moment, from underfunding. You couldn’t make programmes like those now. There’s no way I could raise the money. I have to get up early tomorrow to take a call from China, to see if we can get some funding there. The BBC might give you twenty-five per cent but it’s not enough. If children’s publishing were in this state there’d be an outcry.
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