Jeeves And Wooster. Image shows from L to R: Bertie Wooster (Hugh Laurie), Jeeves (Stephen Fry). Copyright: Picture Partnership Productions.

Jeeves And Wooster

ITV comedy drama about a man and his valet. 23 episodes (4 series), 1990 - 1993. Stars Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Mary Wimbush, Elizabeth Spriggs and others.

Series 2, Episode 5

Just when plans for Chuffy's estate - and marriage to Pauline - appear to be back on track, Bertie's past catches up with him and threatens to throw the affair into disarray once more. With Jeeves back at his side, can a solution mutually beneficial for all be arrived at?

Further details

Bertie's fellow Drones descend on the seaside town of Chuffnell Regis. Bertie is effectively kidnapped by J Washburn Stoker when he suspects some impropriety between his daughter Pauline and Wooster himself. Threatened with marrying Pauline, Bertie is locked in one of the staterooms abroad Stoker's yacht.

Up in the main salon meanwhile, Dwight Stoker is having a party for his ninth birthday. With Jeeves' asistance, Wooster escapes from his stateroom and his face blackened with boot polish, manages to lose himself among the minstrels, leaving the yacht when they do.

It is Lammas Eve, when Old Boggie is said to walk and since it transpires that the Drones aren't the only ones running around with blackened faces, local residents become frightened. The police are alerted and the chase eventually leads them to the silver wedding celebrations of Barmy Fotheringay Phipps' Aunt Hilda. There for reasons that become clear - the Drones' minstrel band not only conceals Bertie, but J Wasburn Stoker himself.

Rounded up and put under arrest, the whole ensemble is brught before the local magistrate, none other than Chuffy Chufnell. Jeeves now comes to the rescue. Bertie is cleared of all suspicion of ungallant behaviour and the future happiness of Pauline and Chuffy is assured.

Notes

This episode is known by the following titles:
Kidnapped!
The Mysterious Stranger

It is based on the book Thank You, Jeeves.

Broadcast details

Date
Sunday 12th May 1991
Time
9:05pm
Channel
ITV
Length
60 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Stephen Fry Jeeves
    Hugh Laurie Bertie Wooster
    Richard Dixon Oofy Prosser
    Martin Clunes Barmy Fotheringay Phipps
    Guest cast
    Roger Brierley Sir Roderick Glossop
    Jane Downs Lady Glossop
    Michael Ripper Drones Porter
    Matthew Solon Chuffy
    Sharon Holm Pauline
    Manning Redwood Stoker
    Fidelis Morgan Myrtle
    Edward Holmes Seabury
    James Holland Dwight
    Dave Atkins Voules
    William Waghorn Dobson
    Cynthia Grenville Aunt Hilda
    Gordon Salkilld Station Master
    Raymond Young Porter
    Marlene Sidaway Pub Landlady
    Colin Pinney Butler
    Writing team
    Clive Exton Writer (Adapted By)
    Production team
    Simon Langton Director
    Brian Eastman Producer
    Sally Head Executive Producer
    Chris Wimble Editor
    Eileen Diss Production Designer
    Anne Dudley Composer

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