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Anglotopia Podcast

The Anglotopia Podcast is your deep dive into the rich and diverse world of British culture, hosted by Jonathan and Jacqueline Thomas, publishers of and Each episode takes you on a journey through iconic British television, captivating historical events, and essential travel tips, ensuring you experience the very best of the British Isles. Our engaging discussions feature important British guests and authors, covering everything from the latest trends and timeless traditions to hidden gems and popular landmarks. Whether you're a passionate Anglophile or simply curious about the UK, our podcast offers a delightful mix of insights and entertainment. Join us as we celebrate the charm, heritage, and unique allure of Britain, making every episode a must-listen for anyone who loves all things British.

May 24, 2024


In this episode of the Anglotopia podcast, Jonathan and Jackie discuss British children's literature that influenced them and their own children. They talk about their favorite books, including The Velveteen Rabbit, Roald Dahl's works, Beatrix Potter's stories, Peter Pan, and Harry Potter. They also mention the impact of Disney adaptations and the cultural significance of British literature worldwide. In this conversation, Jonathan and Jackie discuss their experiences with British children's literature and the impact it had on their lives. They talk about their love for Harry Potter and the different ways they engaged with the series. They also discuss C.S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia, as well as their experiences with other British children's books and shows like Mog the Cat, Peppa Pig, and Bluey. They reflect on the influence of British culture in their childhoods and the enduring popularity of British children's literature.

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  • British children's literature has had a significant impact worldwide and is beloved by people of all ages.
  • Books like The Velveteen Rabbit, Roald Dahl's works, and Beatrix Potter's stories have influenced generations of readers.
  • Disney adaptations have introduced many children to British literature, although they often differ from the original stories.
  • Peter Pan and Harry Potter are iconic British stories that have captivated audiences around the world.
  • British literature reflects a rich cultural heritage and continues to inspire imagination and creativity. British children's literature, such as Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia, had a significant impact on Jonathan and Jackie's childhoods.
  • They engaged with these books and shows in different ways, with Jonathan being a big fan of Harry Potter and Jackie enjoying other British children's media like Peppa Pig and Bluey.
  • The influence of British culture in their childhoods led to their love for all things British, including literature.
  • Children's literature often tackles complex themes and can have a lasting impact on both children and adults.


00:00 Introduction and Excitement for the Podcast
02:43 Tea Time and Favorite Childhood Stories
06:43 Roald Dahl's Impact on British Childhood Media
09:34 Beatrix Potter: Whimsical Tales and Global Recognition
12:45 The Beloved Characters of Paddington Bear and Winnie the Pooh
14:38 Exploring the Vastness of British Literature
20:28 The Disney Influence on Winnie the Pooh and Peter Pan
23:48 The Beloved Film 'Hook' and its British-American Fusion
26:35 The Phenomenon of Harry Potter
29:24 Engaging with Harry Potter and Other British Children's Media
37:43 The Importance of Lord of the Rings
41:33 The Popularity of Peppa Pig
43:19 Children's Media: Bluey and Mog the Cat
45:10 Mixed Feelings About Thomas the Tank Engine
47:02 The Appeal of Narnia
51:34 The Dark and Delightful World of Roald Dahl