Television adaptation of PG Wodehouse's Blandings stories, starring Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders
- 2013 (BBC One)
- 6 (1 series)
- Timothy Spall, Jennifer Saunders, Mark Williams, Jack Farthing
- PG Wodehouse, Guy Andrews
- Mammoth Screen
Comedy drama set in 1929, based on the Blandings comedy stories of PG Wodehouse.
Blandings Castle is dysfunction junction, the home of a chaotic family struggling to keep itself in order. Clarence Emsworth, ninth earl and master of Blandings Castle, yearns with all his soul to be left in peace; preferably in the company of his beloved pig, The Empress. But he never is; there is always someone who wants him to do something.
Presiding over the blitzkrieg on his equilibrium is the baleful figure of his sister Connie, with whom he shares the house; at her shoulder is Clarence's brainless younger son Freddie and a panoply of friends, enemies, servants, spongers, private detectives, bookies and confidence tricksters.
Only Beach, his loyal and long-suffering butler, provides consolation. Storm-battered Clarence, somehow never vanquished, occasionally makes everything right through an inspired or accidental intervention.
Wodehouse wrote the first Blandings story in 1915. Fourteen dedicated novels and five collections of short stories later, he died in 1978, leaving Sunset At Blandings unfinished.
Our Review: Blandings received a slightly mixed initial reception: many dedicated P.G. Wodehouse fans found the direction of the series over the top, whilst others objected to the visual elements of the comedy.
For many others, however, the series served up a perfect slice of family-friendly comedy, reliable in its clean, good natured and thoroughly British humour.
We were firmly in the latter camp, finding Blandings an utterly delightful treat at the end of each week. The regular cast performed with aplomb, as did the impressive array of guest stars. Particular praise must go to Jack Farthing in his turn as the irrepressible Freddie - a sheer joy to watch.
We're crossing our fingers for news of a second series commission very soon for this perfect slice of television.