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Series 1, Episode 6 - Problems With Drink

Clarence is forced to make polite conversation with the dowager Lady Daphne, but her interest in Clarence's pig arouses Connie's and Beach's suspicions.

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Blandings. Monica Simmons (Emerald Fennell). Copyright: Mammoth Screen

With the arrival of sophisticated widow Daphne and her spoiled brat Huxley, Connie once again forces Clarence to look presentable. However, when Daphne flirts with Clarence and takes an interest in his pig, Beach and Connie become suspicious of Daphne's motives.

Freddie announces that he has forsworn women of every description - only to find a glorious and titanic beauty, Monica Simmons, working in the pigsty.


Tony Maudsley was credited in this episode but did not appear.

Broadcast details

Sunday 17th February 2013
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 18th February 2013 11:05pm BBC1
Sunday 29th March 2015 10:20am Gold
Thursday 28th May 2015 11:20am Gold
Saturday 16th April 2016 8:20am Gold
Saturday 8th October 2016 8:20am Gold
Sunday 23rd October 2016 7:10am Gold
Tuesday 8th November 2016 2:50am Gold

Cast & crew

Timothy Spall Clarence
Jennifer Saunders Connie
Jack Farthing Freddie
Mark Williams Beach
Guest cast
Jessica Hynes Daphne Littlewood
Emerald Fennell Monica Simmons
Toby Murray Huxley
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


Problems with Drink

Freddie meets a woman who can drink as much as him. Too bad he's sworn off girls.

Featuring: Jack Farthing (Freddie), Mark Williams (Beach), Emerald Fennell (Monica Simmons) & Toby Murray (Huxley).

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