PG Wodehouse
Great Lives - PG Wodehouse

Great Lives - PG Wodehouse

  • Radio documentary
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2017
  • 1 episode

Stephen Fry discusses his hero PG Wodehouse. Also features Matthew Parris, Sophie Ratcliffe, Hugh Laurie and Hal Cazalet.

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BBC Radio 4
Matthew Parris, Stephen Fry, Sophie Ratcliffe, Hugh Laurie, PG Wodehouse and Hal Cazalet
Perminder Khatkar

Stephen Fry nominates his hero PG Wodehouse, a writer who he says simply cheers him up like no one else.
Fry wrote to his hero when he was a schoolboy and his most treasured possession is a signed photograph which reads: "To Stephen Fry, All the best, PG Wodehouse."

PG Wodehouse was a self-made man, he began as a bank clerk, married a chorus girl and was interned by the Nazis. He wrote some of the most entertaining novels, stories, plays and lyrics of the twentieth century and created enduring characters; the most popular being Reginald Jeeves and Bertie Wooster.

Stephen Fry makes the case for why PG Wodehouse is a great life. To help him he is joined by Dr Sophie Ratcliffe Associate Professor in English, University of Oxford and author of PG Wodehouse - A life in Letters.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 4:30pm on BBC Radio 4
Episode length
30 minutes
Most recent repeats
  • Sunday 31st October 2021 at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra
  • Saturday 30th October 2021 at 5:30pm on Radio 4 Extra
  • Saturday 30th October 2021 at 7:30am on Radio 4 Extra

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