Blandings - Series 1 2012

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Complete first series of the British sitcom based on the stories by P.G. Wodehouse and starring Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders. Set in 1929, the series follows Clarence Threepwood (Spall), the Ninth Earl of Emsworth and head of Blandings Castle, who would like nothing more than to be left alone, along with his cherished pet pig The Empress. Unfortunately, in such a chaotic household his wish rarely comes true and he is forced to face up to familial responsibilities by his formidable sister Connie (Saunders). The cast also includes Mark Williams, David Walliams, Jack Farthing, Paloma Faith and Jessica Hynes. The episodes are: 'Pig-hoo-o-o-o-ey',' The Go-getter', 'Company for Gertrude', 'The Crime Wave at Blandings', 'Lord Emsworth and the Girlfriend' and 'Problems With Drink'.

Starring:
Alice Orr-Ewing, Nick Hardin
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DVD

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 3 hours 0 minutes
Starring Alice Orr-Ewing, Nick Hardin, Eve Hedderwick Turner, David Walliams, Natalie Burt, Emerald Fennell, Emily Beecham, Brendan Patricks
Director Paul Seed
Genres Comedy
Studio ITV STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 18 February 2013
Main languages English

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miss Laura Harmour on 4 Feb 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I absolutely loved this BBC production of PG Wodehouse's country-house centred comic classic. Wodehouse is my favourite writer, and this series is a joy to watch. Pure escapism, very funny, with stellar acting from Timothy Spall as the dotty but kind-hearted Lord Emsworth, Mark Williams as his butler, Beach, Jack Farthing as his over-excited puppy of a son, Freddy and Jennifer Saunders as his domineering sister, Connie, plus unforgettable guest appearances from the likes of David Walliams as Emworth's buttoned up secretary, all delivering Wodehouse's pricelessly funny lines as to the manor born. Each episode is delightful and I am thrilled a new series is on the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aletheuon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
I have to admit to being rather disappointed in this production. It has a wonderful cast, but the production lacks the sophistication of the marvellous Jeeves and Wooster series. The posh people are not quite posh enough and, though I certainly do not mind slapstick, it ought to be accompanied by a due emphasis on delivering Wodehouse's lines really well. In view of the excellent reviews others have given the series, I may be being heretical when I say that some people seem a bit miscast. Another issue is that the episodes are only half an hour long; it makes subtlety in the storytelling even more difficult. PG Wodehouse's stories WERE silly, of course, but it was a deliberate, intelligent silliness which, in a very jolly way, satirised the society in which he grew up. For that, the posh had to be very posh and the working classes very working class indeed. Otherwise, the whole thing loses meaning. I wish I could love this production, but I can't.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By S. Lindgren VINE VOICE on 4 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
This one was always going to polarise opinion, just as the Jeeves & Wooster series did twenty years ago. For those who love the Wodehouse books, an adaptation for the screen is always likely to come up short in some area, and this is no exception to the rule. As far as possible then, the best you can hope to do is assess on its own merits.

The positives are numerous. A fabulous cast with superb comic timing (Timothy Spall as the nominal lead is in the form of his life) delivering some of Wodehouse's finest lines, a lovely setting, a wonderful sense of innocence and escapism, and a magnificent pig.

On the other side of the balance sheet, the criticims that can be levelled at it are similar to those that were raised against the previously mentioned Jeeves adaptations: the fact that a large amount of additional slapstick / clowning that was not present in the original books has found its way onto the screen. Most of the time this is not a problem if you are willing to watch the series without comparing to the books. However, even with that in mind, it's frequently taken too far. An obvious example is Freddie's regular car-crash. This is fair enough in itself, but for some reason 'comical' sparks etc. have been added in. Likewise for his hair standing on end when an attractive girl walks by. And there are numerous other examples, some more extreme than others. Such things add nothing, are completely unnecessary, and distract from the fabulous dialogue which is the foundation of Wodehouse's comedy.

Problems aside though, I still enjoy it. Some episodes work better than others, but there are a couple of real gems here, and even in the weaker episodes, there is some excellent dialogue and performances to enjoy. If you can overlook the unnecessary slapstick, it's well worth watching. If only to see Timothy Spall deliver the immortal line

'Behold your father Frederick. A toad beneath the harrow.'
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr Happy on 29 Mar 2013
Format: DVD
I have given 5 Stars for the actual show, but would only give the Disc 1 star due to all of them being faulty and lacking extras, (outtakes would have been interesting and probably highly amusing.

I've purchased 3 copies of this DVD now and every one has exactly the same FAULT, (so obviously the whole production run is faulty); when selecting the Play All option in the main menu the First episode gets around 8 & a half minutes in and then JUMPS back to the start, there is no way past this to watch the whole series back to back. The only way around is to keep going into the menus to play each episode individually,(which is bit of a pain when you simply want to watch the whole lot without fiddling around with the remote every 28 mins when it skips back to the menu - after all the entire series is under 3 hours)!

As for the series: EXCELLENT and very, very funny IF you have a suitable sense of humour; a lot of people will not like this but I personally loved it! I've never read PG Wodehouse and still have no intention of doing so; I simply watched and enjoyed this show as a high quality, hilarious Period Comedy. The cast is magnificent, especially Timothy Spall who delivers another memorable performance in the lead roll. There are lots of guest stars, including a villainous David Walliams in fine form.

I thought this was shown a bit too early on Sundays and imagine the BBC would have got a bigger audience with a later spot. I really HOPE they make a second series!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
P.G. Wodehouse is a beloved icon in humourous fiction writing. The Blandings tales span the years, first appearing in 1915, with the last left unfinished with Wodehouse's death in 1975. I was absolutely delighted to learn that the BBC has filmed six episodes and Acorn Media has just released the series based on the inhabitants of Blandings Castle in North America. But, would these beloved characters make the leap to film?

For those who haven't read the books, Blandings Castle is home to Lord Emsworth, his sister Constance, his butler Beach, his son Freddie and an ever changing rota of relatives, visitors and servants. The DVD series is set in the 1920's.

Timothy Spall (Churchill in The King's Speech) was perfectly cast as the 'lord of the manor' whose preoccupation with his prize pig, The Empress, tops anything else. All he wants is to be left alone to potter in his study or garden. He's quite forgetful and muddles through with the help of Beach. Although, he does wield his lordly influence when necessary. Mark Williams played an admirable butler, with a enigmatic demeanor presented up front, and a tipple in the pantry to help the day along. Lord Emsworth's widowed sister Constance - brilliantly played by Jennifer Saunders (Ab Fab) - is determined to bring improvements to both the castle and her brother's life. Her severe pronouncements and scathing facial expressions are enough to scare anyone into submission. Jack Farthing as Freddie stole the show for me though. Freddie is the younger son - a charming womanizer who is always in debt, a little slow on the uptake and who runs home when his finances run low. Farthing excelled in bring Freddie to life. His delivery of Wodehouse's words was spot on and his facial expressions were comical.
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