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
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • 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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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Miss Laura Harmour on 4 Feb. 2014
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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 GLF on 22 April 2015
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"Blandings" is excellent. While this series has been screened on UK TV (Pay TV) it doesn't seem to have made it to free to air in this part of the world.

The characterisations are particularly good - Lady Constance (Jennifer Saunders) pretty much keeps her brother Lord Emsworth (Timothy Spall) in line for the most part, while his thoughts appear to soley on the well being of his prize pig "Empress Of Blandings". And Clarence Emsworth knows all is not well when his sister Constance announces she is retiring to her room. Younger son Freddie (Jack Farthing) takes some getting used to. He's empty headed enough, but every now and then acts like he's actually about to do something. The recurring crash into the tree wears a bit thin over the episodes. Mark Williams as Beach takes a bit of getting used to as well. He doesn't seem to have all the right attributes (appearance or speech) to play the butler and no doubt this was part of the reason he was replaced for the second season. David Walliams as the hyper-efficient Baxter is excellent & highly enjoyable.

However, don't try reading the original Wodehouse stories while viewing the series. There are just too many variations for the purist. The series is much more "in the spirit" of Wodehouse and while the plots are just as twisted and the dialogue faithful to Wodehouse it is not, nor does it appear to be intend to be a 100% authentic retelling of the original Wodehouse's stories.

It should be enjoyed for what it is - highly enjoyable TV series in the spirit of Wodehouse.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By S. Lindgren VINE VOICE on 4 Feb. 2013
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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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Very amazing, excellent performance of Actors, it is a must for Wodehouse lovers, even if I'm italian and I must follow the speech with the only english subtitles, but it's a Worth and a pleasure to listen the original voices. Very good, I love it! For the same reason I got obviously the second series too and the complete wonderful series of Wooster and Jeeves!
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Take no notice of the bad reviews, this is marvellous.. Timothy Spall is great, and Mark Williams is priceless as Beech, the butler. His facial expressions leave speech unnecessary. When I've had a bad day, and I need cheering up, on goes Blandings. Works every time. Well packed and quick delivery make this seller, and the dvd, well recommended.
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I can see why some people don't like these series. The fans of the original works of PG Wodehouse found it as a 'blasphemy' to turn it into slapstick comedy in some part, while the slapstick comedies fans found the series come with a rather hard-to-digest-literature-english words. So it mostly targeting the market which is in-between-audience.

To enjoy the series what you have to do is stop comparing it to the literature works, just take it as it is, do not expect too much or you will be disappointed. As for the slap-stick fans, well, keep dictionaries and literature words book handy at all times while watching.
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