Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Return to Blandings

 It will be party time at Hanbury Towers on Sunday night.

No, not the usual bread roll throwing competition but a joyful charleston around the ha-ha to herald a new TV adapation of that literary genius and one of my  favourite authors,  P.G. Wodehouse *g*

A six-part series of Blandings starts on Sunday, based on Wodehouse's much-loved accounts of the fictional life and times of the inhabitants of Blandings Castle.  The Blandings stories follow the fortunes of the amiable but befuddled Clarence Threepwood, 9th Earl of Emsworth and his beloved pig, the Empress of Blandings.

Blandings has a primetime evening viewing slot and an all-star cast, including Timothy Spall as Lord Emsworth, Jennifer Saunders as his formidable sister Connie, Jack Farthing as Lord E's hapless son Freddy and Mark Williams as the imperious butler Beach.  David Walliams makes a guest appearance in two episodes as Rupert Baxter, Clarence’s new secretary.

Blandings will star Jack Farthing, Jennifer Saunders, Timothy Spall and Mark Williams. Photograph: BBC

I have High Hopes so dear BBC, don't let me down with this new adaptation featuring some of my favourite Wodehouse characters and stories.  The series is adapted by Guy Andrews (Lost in Austen) and directed by Paul Seed (Just William) which augurs well.

And if Blandings is anywhere as good as Fry and Laurie's Jeeves and Wooster, it will be a job well done, old bean ;0)

Here's a taster on YouTube - unfortunately I can't embed for some reason :-/

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