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Blandings, Series 1 (2012)

Timothy Spall , Jennifer Saunders , Paul Seed  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Timothy Spall, Jennifer Saunders
  • Directors: Paul Seed
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D7AM2WO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,292 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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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical World of Wodehouse, a Sheer Delight! July 4, 2013
Format:DVD
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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Similar to humor of Woodhouse's Jeeves & Wooster August 2, 2013
Format:DVD
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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18 of 18 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful August 29, 2013
By CK
Format:DVD
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PIG HOOO-EEEEYYYY! September 7, 2013
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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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6 of 6 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Very disapointed with this series not funny at all and it should be!
Published 21 days ago by Janis Totham-Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest thing I've ever seen!
"Blandings" is the funniest thing I've ever seen on TV or anywhere else. My grand children and I have watched it repeatedly (on Acorn TV), and the result is always the... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Jim Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars A jewel.
It took a while for us to get into this but when we did it was really funny. The second time is a charm.
Published 1 month ago by Sonne
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Wodehouse show since Jeeves & Wooster
The screenplay adaptation of Wodehouse's early Blandings novels is clever beyond words. Witty dialogue and wonderful character acting are perfectly fitting for a show which... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jack-Of-All-Trades
5.0 out of 5 stars what fun!
if you enjoy bbc...this is a good cup of tea. Wasn't sure what I was getting into with the first episode... a little stiff... then it hit me... stiff upper lip farce. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharren T..Home6
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
It's pretty funny, not laugh out loud funny like Sauders stuff usually is, but quietly humerous. If I had the oportunity to stream on Netflix first I probably would not have... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Katherine Lynn Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Blandings
If you are familiar with P.G.Wodehouse's writings, you will love this series. You will know all of the characters, Clarence Emsworth, his acid-tounged sister Connie, his son... Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Old Man "Steve", Nampa, Id.
3.0 out of 5 stars Wacky and Fun - Nothing Memorable
I enjoy the English unique sense of humor, which can involve very dry humor often combined with slapstick antics. Read more
Published 2 months ago by W. Christie
3.0 out of 5 stars BLANDINGS
Set in the 20s I think. It's a bit too goofy for me, although there are moments of great hilarity. I won't be watching the second season.
Published 3 months ago by Carole
5.0 out of 5 stars Blandings/PGWodehouse
Based on PGWodehouse's stories of Blandings Castle and its inhabitants, this series suffers from the half-hour format. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lynn H.
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