When BBC Films announced it was to remake Swallows and Amazons, it stressed that the production would stay true to Arthur Ransome’s classic.
The film would remain a period piece set before the days of health and safety hysteria, with the young characters allowed the freedom to mess about in boats and set up camp on their island adventure.Hurrah! But wait!
There will be one major change, however. The pluckiest of the Walker children has been renamed after it was decided a character called Titty would provoke too many sniggers.*rolls eyes*
Titty was played in the 1974 version by Sophie Neville, who was then 12 years old. “I’ve been Titty for the past 42 years,” she laughed on Wednesday. “I didn’t get any stick at all over the name in those days. But if they have to change it I think Tatty is a good choice, because Mavis Altounyan and her elder sister were known as Titty and Tatty when they sailed so there is a real-life basis for it.
“I’m thrilled that they’re changing it, really, because it makes the new film a bit different.”Maybe something ‘a bit different’ isn’t what’s needed? Still, I suppose we should be grateful that they didn’t make one of the characters black…