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Blandings, Series 1 (2012)

Timothy Spall , Jennifer Saunders , Paul Seed  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Timothy Spall, Jennifer Saunders
  • Directors: Paul Seed
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D7AM2WO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,971 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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“An absolute comic delight” —Daily Mail (U.K.)
“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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical World of Wodehouse, a Sheer Delight! July 4, 2013
We caught this on Acorn TV and were thrilled to see another of our beloved Wodehouse series had been filmed and with a great cast. Timothy Spall as Lord Emsworth is superb and Mark Williams as butler Beach is a scream. All nonsense all the time, but with writing that only Wodehouse could produce and the terrific comedic timing of the whole ensemble is a scream. Will have to buy the dvds so we can see it whenever we need a wheeze!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Similar to humor of Woodhouse's Jeeves & Wooster August 2, 2013
Classic British country humor worth 4.5 stars. More if you like Wodehouse. PG Wodehouse wrote Blandings Castle novels from 1915 to 1975. The stories are family friendly since much of what makes TV and movies adult these days had not become a part of filming topics. This is an interesting representation done for TV with the characters and stories of the zany lot at Blandings. It's good for what it is. It's contemporary produced in a nostalgic Wodehouse way. Filming was done in Northern Ireland countryside, a plus.

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:
1 Pig-Hoo-o-o-o-ey
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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I WANT MORE! DELIGHTFUL! September 17, 2013
By julia
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Just happened to stumble across this while searching for British tv on Amazon. So glad I did! What a delight. Only 6 episodes so they didn't last me long. Crammed these into a long weekend. Like a good book, I couldn't put down. Had always been a fan of Saunders but in this she's outshined by Farthing and Spall, who are both brilliant! Am so tired of American trash tv. Even in a silly light comedy like this - the dialoge is lightyears ahead of anything America produces. God bless the British for their comedy. Thank you Acorn for this. Am SO LOOKING FORWARD TO FUTURE SEASONS!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful August 29, 2013
After Hugh Laurie, I thought NO one would do a goof better, but the young Emsworth is a total pleasure to watch. It is a pure joy to watch his facial expressions and those wonderful words of Wodehouse come out of his mouth. This is beautifully well done series. Stories are not as complex as the original with Fry and Laurie but the joy is still there. Watched two episodes tonight and cant wait to see the rest.

Will there be more I hope? and soon.

Long live P. G. Wodehouse!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PIG HOOO-EEEEYYYY! September 7, 2013
P.G. Wodehouse was a wellspring of comedy. When someone adapts his works, they have a lot to live up to -- especially after the brilliant "Jeeves and Wooster" series.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars anything but bland September 6, 2013
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This series as an absolute joy. If you love British comedy, you will thoroughly enjoy this. Timothy Spall is my favorite British actor and he is brilliant as Lord Emsworth. Jennifer Saunders never disappoints; but I have to say that Mark Williams as the butler,"Beach", is screamingly hilarious. Can't wait for Series 2!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A change of pace from Downton Abbey
"Blandings" is a cobbled-together collection of material from some of PG Wodehouse's short stories. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Hyacinth
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love Wodehouse?
I've read almost all of Wodehouse's novels. Needless to say, he's delightful. The Blandings' books are no exception. They'll keep any reader who has a sense of humor laughing.
Published 8 days ago by Thomas Stucke
4.0 out of 5 stars amusing
A most amusing series (especially if you find Brit humor hilarious), good acting, fast paced. You won't be bored with this series.
Published 8 days ago by tommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Blandings brought to life.
This took a little getting used to, I had pictured Lord Emsworth being more lordly, Lady Constance being more angular and Beach more rotund. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Micheal P Macken
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Series!
This is the best British Comedy series that I have come across since the Back Adder. It's lighthearted, funny, and easy to watch again and again. Read more
Published 12 days ago by 3boydragons
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny!
I really liked most of the characters and the writing of P.G.Wodehouse is always great. However the main actress is someone I have never enjoyed. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Tay
5.0 out of 5 stars Blandings
I love British TV I am looking forward to buying season Two when it is released here in the US
Published 14 days ago by Greg Woolard
3.0 out of 5 stars Should've been better
I adore Wodehouse. I adore the Blandings Castle stories. I adore Jennifer Saunders. She and Spall somehow don't fulfill my expectations, chewing scenery without pulling off the... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mokosama
2.0 out of 5 stars I Tried to Laugh!
I love P.G. Wodehouse and all his stories about Blandings Castle, and was very anxious (but apprehensive) to watch the British television series about those stories. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John T. Ciappetta
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Gave it as a gift after it popped up as a suggestion, possibly due to the fact that I'd purchased Downton Abbey. Horrible suggestion! Read more
Published 1 month ago by dinjohn1
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