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ABC1, 7.30pm

A timely doc­u­men­tary to co­in­cide with the re­lease of en­ter­tain­ing flick Sav­ing Mr Banks, which tells the story of Walt Dis­ney’s strug­gle to con­vince writer P. L. Travers to let him turn her novel into the mag­i­cal film we all know to­day. Not many peo­ple know the story of Travers, par­tic­u­larly the fact she was Aus­tralian. But the story of the writer’s life is cer­tainly an in­ter­est­ing one, and while there are par­al­lels to be drawn to her iconic, sunny char­ac­ter, Travers’ ex­is­tence was al­to­gether a darker and some­what lack­ing that “spoon­ful of su­gar” charm. Us­ing ar­chive ma­te­rial and in­ter­views ( in­clud­ing with the cast of the cur­rent film), it’s an in­ter­est­ing look into his­tory.

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