Blandings, Series 1
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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
Couldn't even make it through the 1st episode. What a disappointmentPublished 19 days ago by 2LadsDad
Very silly "toad hall" sort of humour. Feels good, not so thinky!Published 24 days ago by Ginger Stevens
Quirky, rollicking, campy. We thoroughly enjoy what not all would because for American audiences it may be be a bit offbeat in a British sensibility sort of way with emphasis on... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Randall Hagar
I watched all four seasons of "Jeeves & Wooster" and hoped this series would be equally good. It is close, but it's hard to beat Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry together. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jens Jensen