Children's author Enid Blyton is set to be honoured with a commemorative plaque in the English town she called home for 30 years. The London-born writer, known for her popular The Famous Five and The Secret Seven adventure series, lived in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire from 1938 until her death in 1968, and now local campaigners have succeeded in landing "lasting recognition" for the novelist.
Her house, Green Hedges, was demolished in 1973 and a new housing development built in its place was named Blyton Close, and now a tribute plaque, commissioned by local council members, will be unveiled in the garden in front of the Beaconsfield Town Hall in the coming weeks to mark the 75th anniversary of her arrival in the neighbourhood.
Popular Mills & Boon novelist Ida Pollock has died, aged 105. She passed away on Tuesday (03Dec13) in Cornwall, England. No more details were available as WENN went to press.
Pollock's prolific writing career stretched over more than 90 years and included more than 120 romance novels, most of which were written under pseudonyms, including Joan Allen, Susan Barrie, Pamela Kent, Jane Beaufort and Marguerite Bell.
Many of her books were released through Mills & Boon, a British publishing house famed for producing romantic fiction, and she continued writing up until her death.
She still has two more novels, her 124th and 125th books, due for publication in the new year (14).
Her husband, Hugh Alexander Pollock, was previously married to another writer - celebrated children's author Enid Blyton.
Late British author Enid Blyton, who created the Famous Five and the Secret Seven series, is to be honoured with a special exhibition in Newcastle, England. The writer's life and work will be celebrated at the National Centre for Children's Books from 3 May (13).
DAME HELEN MIRREN and JOANNA LUMLEY will lend their voices to a BBC Radio 4 broadcast of beloved British girls' stories. The Absolutely Fabulous star will read Enid Blyton's The Cheat while Mirren is tackling A Midnight Revel by Angela Brazil.
British actor Hoskins picked up the Best Male Actor trophy for his turn in The Street, while the U.K. series won the Best Drama award at the ceremony celebrating the best in non-American TV programming.
Cowell was applauded for his work on reality TV shows including The X Factor as he was handed the special honorary International Emmy Founders Award.
Accepting his prize, he joked to the crowd, "Whoever said fame, money, success will destroy you (was) completely wrong. Bring it on. Genuinely, my life was boring before I went on TV and instead now I've got lots of friends."
Helena Bonham Carter was named Best Female for her portrayal of children's writer Enid Blyton in Enid, while former Beverly Hills, 90210 actor Jason Priestley hosted the star-studded event.
The Alice In Wonderland star has been hailed in the best actress category for her TV portrayal of iconic children's writer Enid Blyton in Enid, while Hoskins is up for best actor for his role in BBC drama The Street.
The programme, about the lives of different residents on a road in northwest England, will also compete for the title of best drama series, alongside the likes of U.K. comedy Peep Show, Japan's Clouds Over the Hill, The Killing II (Denmark), Traffic Light (Israel) and Argentinian crime series Epitafios.
Epitafios' lead star Leonardo Sbaraglia will battle Hoskins for the best actor honour, with other nominees including Sea Wolf's Sebastian Koch (Germany) and Sid Lucero for Dahil May Isang Ikaw (Philippines).
Meanwhile, Iris Berben's performance in Thr Krupps - A Family Between War and Peace (Germany) and Lerato Moloisane for Home Affairs (South Africa) are also among the best actress contenders.
Brazil garnered a total of five mentions, while Japan and Argentina follow with four apiece.
Music mogul Simon Cowell will receive the International Emmy Founders Award in recognition of his dominance in the reality TV world with his shows American Idol, The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.
The winners of the 38th International Emmy Awards will be unveiled in New York on 22 November (10). Former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jason Priestley will present the ceremony.
Bonham Carter's turn as beloved author Enid Blyton in Enid earned her the honour, while Walters received a double nod in the category - she has been nominated for her role in Mo, which saw her play British Labour Party politician Mo Mowlam, and drama A Short Stay In Switzerland.
The actresses, who both appear in the Harry Potter movie franchise, will compete with Hotel Rwanda star Sophie Okonedo for her portrayal of Winnie Mandela in Mrs Mandela.
The male acting category is also a battle of the Harry Potter stars - Kenneth Branagh (Wallander), John Hurt (An Englishman in New York) and Brendan Gleeson (Into The Storm) will go up against David Oyelowo (Small Island) for the Best Actor trophy.
Okonedo also received a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category for drama Criminal Justice - she's up against Rebecca Hall (Red Riding 1974), Lauren Socha (The Unloved) and Imelda Staunton (Cranford).
Featured in the Best Supporting Actor category are Benedict Cumberbatch (Small Island), Tom Hollander (Gracie!), Gary Lewis (Mo) and Matthew Macfadyen (Criminal Justice).
Simon Cowell's hit TV contest Britain's Got Talent will compete with The Graham Norton Show, Harry Hill's TV Burp and Newswipe with Charlie Brooker for Best Entertainment Programme, while True Blood, Family Guy, Mad Men and Nurse Jackie are nominated for Best International Show.
The winners will be announced at a star-studded ceremony in London on 6 June (10).