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Series 1, Episode 5 - Lord Emsworth And The Girl Friend

With the help of Freddie and some mischievous schoolchildren, Clarence hopes to dodge the double ordeal of having to wear a top hat and make a speech at the Blandings fete.

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Blandings. Image shows from L to R: Freddie (Jack Farthing), Connie (Jennifer Saunders). Copyright: Mammoth Screen

It is the annual fete at Blandings Castle, and Connie will again force Clarence to wear a revolting top hat and stumble his way humiliatingly through a speech. Worst of all, he is banned from picking his beloved flowers by the tyrannical head gardener Angus McAllister.

However, Clarence befriends Gladys and Ern, two cheeky schoolchildren who encourage him to assert himself. Connie is naturally scandalised, and brings her howitzers to bear on the ghastly intruders.

Freddie - needing to touch his old man for some cash - struggles to help Clarence and the children; inevitably he makes everything worse.

Broadcast details

Sunday 10th February 2013
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 11th February 2013 11:05pm BBC1
Sunday 22nd March 2015 7:00pm Gold
Thursday 21st May 2015 12:40pm Gold
Saturday 16th April 2016 7:40am Gold
Sunday 4th September 2016 8:50am Gold
Saturday 8th October 2016 7:40am Gold
Saturday 22nd October 2016 7:20am Gold

Cast & crew

Timothy Spall Clarence
Jennifer Saunders Connie
Jack Farthing Freddie
Mark Williams Beach
Ron Donachie McAllister
Guest cast
Richard Doubleday Gandle
Emily Beecham Miss Younghusband
Molly Conlin (as Molly Colin) Gladys
Ashley Foster Ern
Olivia Nash Mrs Rossiter
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


A Rousing Speech

While Freddie and Clarence are on the lime tree walk, they bump into McAllister, who launches into a speech about a 'muckle pile of gravel'.

Featuring: Timothy Spall (Clarence), Jack Farthing (Freddie) & Ron Donachie (McAllister).

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