Blandings - Series 2 2014

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Complete second 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 Tim Vine, Jack Farthing, Robert Bathurst and Harry Enfield. The episodes are: 'Throwing Eggs', 'Dirty Work at the Crossroads', 'Hallo to All This', 'Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best', 'Sticky Wicket at Blandings', 'Necessary Rhino' and 'The Custody of the Pumpkin'.

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Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 3 hours 23 minutes
Genres Comedy
Studio ITV DVD
Rental release 31 March 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. Lindgren VINE VOICE on 20 Mar 2014
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Yes, it's happened again. The second series of the BBC's Blandings adaptations is with us, and already the armed camps are setting up: on the one hand, those who love this, and on the other, those who despise it on a molecular level.

Personally, I love the original Blandings novels & stories. This is of course also the major problem the series encounters: many of those who all but worship the original texts will never, under any circumstances, be happy with an adaptation. Not everyone is quite so invested though, or has read the originals, and it should be remembered that these are adaptations, and should be judged on their own merits. On that basis, I think they do an solid job. They are not perfect -far from it. But still very good, and largely true to the spirit of Wodehouse. Basically innocent, extremely funny escapism with a large element of well-realised slapstick.

The series is beautifully acted, Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders are on top form, Jack Farthing is doing an excellent job, and Tim Vine has done a sterling job with his thankless task of replacing Mark Williams. The supporting cast are all spot on (although none for me quite hit the moment of magic Paloma Faith managed in the first series), and the new Empress is suitably majestic. Timing is critical for delivering Wodehouse dialogue, large parts naturally having been lifted from the original stories, and none of the cast put a foot wrong. Direction and writing appear sympathetic, although this appears to have changed compared to the first series. Freddie no longer crashes his car every other second, so we are spared the 'amusing' CGI sparks and smoke; likewise his hair no longer stands on end when an attractive girl walks past -no loss, Farthing does not need such devices.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Willum on 19 Mar 2014
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It has to be admitted that the recent TV series "Blandings" has taken a number of liberties with the original Wodehouse stories."Based (loosely) on P G Wodehouse's stories" would be the best way to describe it. Plot lines have been heavily changed, characters are in some respects quite different from the books. If you are a purist then this is not for you. So why 4 stars you might ask. Because it is still a cut above most comedy offerings on TV at the moment and I have enjoyed watching them. Also, it made me buy some of the books and read them. If it gets people to do that, then I feel it is a good thing.
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By Carol Benson on 9 July 2014
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I loved this series hope there will be a 3rd but i did miss david walliams character
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By Vivien, Leeds on 29 Jun 2014
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Thanks for a speedy transaction. Love this series
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This is so funny and the humour is refreshingly innocent. Actors are perfect for the parts and I watch this over and over again.
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By Coco on 8 Jun 2014
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Great characterization - all are excellent but Jack Farthing is a particular hit for me as Freddie Threepwood - amusing, light hearted, enjoyable sunny entertainment
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I enjoyed the first series so much, that I ordered the second as soon as it was available. The cast is excellent. The P.G. Woodhouse stories cannot be beat. So much to enjoy. The half hour episodes just go too fast. I hope that a third series is being filmed or in the planning stages. Great work from all involved.
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By rod hawkley on 2 April 2014
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good follow on from first series same main characters well written/acted enjoyable the price is fine it was delivered on time,me enjoyed
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