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Series 1, Episode 3 - Company For Gertrude

Clarence hopes to avoid dancing with his niece Gertrude by inviting a convenient blockhead to keep her company. Freddie meanwhile must keep his new Portuguese wife a secret from Connie.

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Blandings. Gertrude (Eve Hedderwick Turner). Copyright: Mammoth Screen

Clarence's lugubrious niece Gertrude has been imprisoned at Blandings by Connie and forced to overhaul Clarence's library. Her ministrations are driving him crazy.

Gertrude's forbidden love, the outstandingly clumsy Beefy Bingham, infiltrates Blandings using a false identity. He is determined to win Clarence's approval for the match.

Meanwhile, Freddie has inadvertently married a Portuguese exotic dancer and must do his utmost to keep that a secret from Connie.

Broadcast details

Sunday 27th January 2013
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 28th January 2013 11:05pm BBC1
Sunday 8th March 2015 7:00pm Gold
Thursday 14th May 2015 12:40pm Gold
Sunday 4th September 2016 7:40am Gold
Saturday 15th October 2016 8:00am Gold
Sunday 30th October 2016 7:30am Gold
Thursday 3rd November 2016 2:10am Gold

Cast & crew

Timothy Spall Clarence
Jennifer Saunders Connie
Jack Farthing Freddie
Mark Williams Beach
Guest cast
David Bamber Herr Schnellhund
Sam Hoare Rupert 'Beefy' Bingham
Eve Hedderwick Turner Gertrude
Thaila Zucchi Paquita
Writing team
Guy Andrews Writer (Adapted By)
Michael Ray Script Editor
Jeremy Dyson Script Editor
Production team
Paul Seed Director
Spencer Campbell Producer
Guy Andrews Executive Producer
Michele Buck Executive Producer
Damien Timmer Executive Producer
Kristian Smith Executive Producer
Chris Blunden (as Christopher Blunden) Editor
Jeff Tessler Production Designer
Paul Honey Composer


The Portuguese Exotic Dancer

Freddie introduces his new bride... or is she just his 'Portuguese friend'?

Featuring: Jack Farthing (Freddie), Timothy Spall (Clarence), Mark Williams (Beach) & Thaila Zucchi (Paquita).

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