Family of 'Swallows and Amazons' Character Titty Is Angry Her Name Was Changed to "Tatty" in New BBC Film

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"I would absolutely wring someone's neck if could only find out whose neck I could ring," says the niece of Titty Altounyan, the woman who inspired the character in Arthur Ransome's children's novel.

The family of Titty Altounyan, the woman who inspired Arthur Ransome's character Titty in Swallows and Amazons, is speaking out against the BBC changing the character's name to Tatty in a new film adaptation of the story.

"I would absolutely wring someone’s neck if could only find out whose neck I could ring," Titty's niece Barbara Altounyan said in an interview with the Telegraph. Barbara said her family is "absolutely furious" that they were not consulted about the name change, calling it "the most disgustingly pompous thing to do."

Barbara's father Roger is Titty's younger brother, and he also makes an appearance in the children's books that are being made into a series of movies.

She said her aunt would "be so angry to be called Tatty" and would be "turning in her grave" at the "insult" of changing her name for the sake of political correctness.

Barbara also told the publication that the name change "runs the risk of leaving audiences ignorant of the innocence and charm of Arthur Ransome’s children’s novel."

Titty was in fact born Mavis but was called Titty because of how much she enjoyed the story Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse.

The first film is scheduled to be released later this year.

BBC Films has not yet responded to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.

 

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