I love writing and learning new things in order to better educate those in need. I also enjoy hackathons and adventures around the world.
Born1 December 1937 (age 78) (1937-12-01) Spennymoor, England BooksEvangelical Balance Sheet: Character, Family, and Business in Mid-Victorian Nova Scotia AwardsBritish Academy Television Rediffusion Star Awards: Harlequin NominationsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series TV showsTeletubbies, Boohbah, Rosie and Jim, Pob's Programme, Playbox Similar PeopleAndrew Davenport, Tim Whitnall, Nikky Smedley, Pui Fan Lee, John Simmit
She was born in Spennymoor, County Durham, England, and grew up in Tudhoe Colliery, a small coal-mining village nearby.
She qualified as a secondary school teacher through the Bingley Training College in Yorkshire and took up her first teaching post back home in Spennymoor. She married Barrie Wood in 1959 and moved to Surbiton in Surrey where she took up a teaching role at Hollyfield Road Secondary School.
This was the era of the first children’s paperback book and Anne became an early pioneer of a children’s paperback book club scheme for schools set up by Scholastic Publications. She retired from teaching on the birth of her daughter and was taken on by Scholastic as editor of their Children’s Book Club.
When the Wood family moved to Byfleet in Surrey, she expanded her interest in how books and children’s development could be brought together. In 1965 she founded and edited a quarterly magazine Books for Your Children, a publication aimed at parents, teachers and librarians and fully supported by children’s publishers. Initially the UK Arts Council supported the magazine with a small financial grant. As a further promotion of children’s books in 1969 Wood set up the Federation of Children's Book Groups, an organisation still in existence today. Also in 1969 in recognition of her contribution to the promotion of children’s books Wood was awarded the Eleanor Farjeon Award.
Yorkshire Television for ITV 1979 – 1983 5 series of The Book Tower, a programme aimed at stimulating children’s interest in books. Hosts included Tom Baker and Stephen Moore. Winner of a Children's BAFTA in 1979 and 1982. Winner Prix Jeunesse 1980. 1982–1987 Three series of Ragdolly Anna based on the children’s books by Jean Kenward. Innovative technology brought the ragdoll to life. The series starred Pat Coombs as the dressmaker owner of the ragdoll.
Head of Children’s Programmes for TV-AM. In April 1983 introduced Roland Rat a character created by David Claridge in The Spectacular Shedvision Show. The series is generally regarded as the saviour of the ailing breakfast television service. Roland took the audience from 100,000 to 1.8 million. Wood produced six further series, Rat on the Road (1983), Roland’s Winter Wonderland (1983). filmed in Switzerland, Roland Goes East (1984), filmed in Hong Kong, Rat on the Road II (1984), Operation Fog I (1984), Roland’s Countdown to Christmas (1984). Concurrent with Roland Rat Wood produced a Sunday morning series Rub a Dub Tub – a magazine-style one-hour programme for very young children. It began transmission in February 1983.
Ragdoll Productions (UK) Limited: Wood founded her own independent children’s television production company in 1984.
Productions (with first transmission years)
POB for Channel 4 1985–1987 (3 series); 2 special videos produced: Pob and Friends, (1988); Pob Goes to Hospital (1990)
Playbox for ITV 1988–1989 (1 series) (35 programmes)
The Magic Mirror for ITV 1989 (1 series) British animation series with live action opening and closing sequences. First sponsored (Kellogg’s) children’s programme series shown on British television.
Boom! for Channel 4 1990–1991 (2 series) Innovative programme series aimed at giving “special needs” children a programme of equal status.
2011 Cine Golden Eagle Award Washington, USA “Jose’s Film” (Colombia)
2011 Toronto International Film & Video Festival “Tung’s Film” (Vietnam) Best Children’s Category
In the Night Garden
2007 BAFTA Children’s Best Pre-school Live Action Programme
2007 British Toy Retailers’ Association UK Toy of the Year – Igglepiggle Blanket Time
2008 Australian Toy Association Australian Toy Hobby & Nursery Fair Pre-school Licensed Product of the Year – Igglepiggle Blanket Time
2008 BAFTA Children’s Best Pre-school Live Action Programme
2008 Licensing Awards 2008 Best Licensed Toys or Games Range In the Night Garden Toy Range from Hasbro
2008 Licensing Awards 2008 Best Baby/Pre-School Licensed Property (aimed at 0–5 year olds) In the Night Garden
2008 Licensing Awards 2008 Best Food or Drink Range in the Night Garden Confectionery Range from Bon Bon Buddies
2008 Right Start Magazine Best Toy Awards In the Night Garden Sit & Ride, MV Sport & Leisure Ltd for Best Use of Character for the Tombliboos In the Night Garden Gazebo Ball Pool, Martin Yaffe won the Outdoor Category In the Night Garden Wooden Ninky Nonk Stacking Train, DanJam was Highly Commended in the Mini Movers Category