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“Divine comedy” —The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.)
P.G. Wodehouse’s beloved Blandings Castle stories follow the foibles of an eccentric aristocrat, his peculiar family, and the ramshackle ancestral home they share. In this witty British series, Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech) and Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) sparkle as Wodehouse’s madcap protagonists.
Clarence Emsworth may be the current master of Blandings Castle, but he’s hardly lord of the manor. All he wants is peace, quiet, and quality time with his prize pig, the Empress. But his run-down estate is perpetually filled with crazy characters demanding his attention, led by his imperious sister, Connie. Between her baleful stare, his son Freddie’s lack of brains, and a parade of visiting oddballs, Clarence is doing anything but living a tranquil country life. Only his loyal butler, Beach, seems to be on his side. This appealing period comedy from the master of British wit also stars Mark Williams (Harry Potter) and Jack Farthing (Agatha Christie’s Poirot).
Contains moderate sexual references
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Will there be more I hope? and soon.
Long live P. G. Wodehouse!
And while "Blandings Series 1" is not comic perfection, it's a funny, light, frothy little sitcom set in a Downton Abbeyesque country estate where wacky things happen on a regular basis -- romantic trials, pig competitions, domineering aunts and the occasional avalanche of dog biscuits. An excellent cast -- including Jennifer Saunders and Timothy Spall -- doesn't hurt either.
Lord Blandings (Spall) is a simple man who loves nothing more than gardening and caring for his prize pig, the Empress. Unfortunately, his officious sister Lady Connie (Saunders) is determined to have Blandings Castle run "properly," and his flaky son Freddie Threepwood (Jack Farthing and a mass of hair gel) brings a bunch of his own problems to the table.
His life is particularly thrown into turmoil when Connie hires a domineering secretary (David Walliams) to sort out his life of pleasant disarray, and it will take the help of the alcoholic manservant Beach (Mark Williams) to thwart him. Also, there are sabotaged pig competitions, pig calls, dog food investments, Portuguese dancers, violent bookmakers, air-guns (in the butt!), London children, and a grasping widow determined to make Lord Blandings her new husband.
Simply put, "Blandings" is not quite up to the Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry standard. There's only so much Wodhouseian wackiness you can cram into half an hour. But taken just on its own merits, it's a fun show -- and it has all the Wodehouse staples like scary aunts, clever servants, and an endless stream of nieces and nephews with needlessly complicated love lives.Read more ›
Timothy Spall plays Lord Clarence in all episodes, not your brightest Lord of the manor.
Jennifer Saunders is bossy sister Lady Connie, a matchmaker of sorts.
Mark Williams is Beach, butler, and does as good a job as any TV butler.
Jack Farthing is Clarence's son Freddie, womanizer that crashes his car in the same tree each episode.
SDH subtitles for all episodes:
Fattest pig award contested & Lord Clarence must get pig Empress porking out. Judge Sir Gregory (Robert Bathurst- Downton Abbey) is the competition and his son (Brendan Patricks- Downton Abbey) is a potential mate for niece Angela.
2 The Go Getter
Connie hires Secretary Baxter (David Walliams, also in 5th ep) to clean up Blandings & Clarence. Freddie tries the dog food biz to get a gal.
3 Lord Emsworth and the Girlfriend
Cockney siblings Gladys & Ern are Blandings `Fresh air for Children' annoying Connie. Will they destroy the fete?
4 Company for Gertrude
Freddie eloped with club dancer Paquita. Don't tell! Niece Gertrude desires to wed Vicar Beefy Bingham, but Connie feels he's too poor.
5 The Crimewave at Blandings
Freddie's debt to a bookie puts his life on the block.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice to see that even in the 2000's we can still produce a good rendition of Wodehouse. If you're a P.G. Wodehouse fan, you'll enjoy this all too short but entertaining show!Published 23 hours ago by hawkeye
Loved it ! I've read all of these Wodehouse Blandings stories and it's a hoot to see them on video. The actors perfectly capture the Wodehouse characters .Published 5 days ago by DP
Brilliant utterly dry British humor written by that most droll and dry of British wits P G Wodehouse. So wonderful in every aspect. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Julie Murphy
We love British comedy. I bought this for that reason without knowing anything about the series. It was just so-so. Had some funny scenes and topics. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Dennis
Timothy Spall is a great Lord Emsworth- not exactly, or even nearly, as described physically in the book, but still a great performance.Published 2 months ago by Chris Ligatti
Worst than so-so. The actors were alright and wodehouse did a great job. But direction and script were done without care. I was disappointed.Published 3 months ago by Terif Young