Jeeves & Wooster: The Complete Series [DVD]
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Perfectly capturing the wit of P.G Wodehouse's novels, this impeccable series traces the insane shenanigans of Bertram Wooster and his faithful butler Jeeves. Fry and Laurie are simply perfect in the roles of the steadfast butler Jeeves and his dapper master Wooster. Set against a 1930s backdrop of Hooray Henries and splendidly indomitable aunts, Jeeves battles against Wooster's relentless list of prospective brides to hilarious consequences. This is a simply enchanting series which has been digitally restored; with 23 episodes this DVD will not fail to entertain!
This 8 disc box set features every episode of Jeeves and Wooster--Clive Exton's TV series based around characters from the P.G. Wodehouse novels. Bertie Wooster (Huge Laurie), a foppish rich gentleman, takes the title role in this sparkling comedy/drama, alongside his intelligent valet Jeeves (Stephen Fry), otherwise known as "Gentleman's Personal Gentleman". With a host of other eccentric and larger-than-life characters, each episode sees Wooster unwittingly caught up in some kind of scrape--and each time it's down to his trusty aide Jeeves to come up with a cunning masterplan to get him off the hook.
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I vaguely remember this being on telly in the early nineties when I was a young man (an aeon ago now it seems), and always thought this version definitive in the same way as Jeremy Bretts's Sherlock Holmes is claimed to be definitive.
I've never read P.G. Wodehouse, to my shame, but love Fry and Laurie both together and separately and can remember them being on telly back to the early eighties in Alfresco and The Young Ones, etc. Both men are geniuses with a breadth and depth of talents in music, writing and acting - comic and otherwise, both well educated and from fairly well to do backgrounds almost on the periphery of what still remains of the world Jeeves and Wooster occupy - all of which comes together in these stories.
The stories all more or less follow the same pattern: a trifling matter arises that Bertie needs to intervene in (e.g. matchmaking for a friend in order to avoid marrraige himself). Jeeves suggests a plan to solve the problem, which doesn't go well. Following the bungled attempt at the plan Bertie finds himself in trouble - this may or may not be Berties own fault (though Jeeves seems to have no problem taking risks and getting Bertie into trouble). Finally, Jeeves hatches another plan, again risking Bertie, which this time saves them. They exit the situation quickly and go back to London either by steam ship or Bertie's exquisite Astin Martin Lagonda(?).
The stories take place in Bertie's posh rooms in London or New York, The Drones Club (a raucous cresh for upper class twits), several vast country houses or the odd location like Budleigh Salterton or a village fete. The characters are all grumpy but titled and wealthy uncles, battle axe aunts, simple minded dilettantes, openly conniving and blackmailing dilettentes, or idle, dimwitted young men. (A stand out is Spode, the pompously fascist 6th Earl of Sidcup, and possibly my favourite).
The characters all have old fashioned names like Bertram, Dahlia, or Augustus, which don't suit them or childish nicknames that do: Corky, Tuppy, Stilton, etc. Everyone dresses for the occassion, evening dress for dinner, or a morning suit with a cane, etc. The men all drink and smoke at all times of day and all know each other from Eton and Cambridge.
Bertie himself probably isn't as dim as he's painted, and certainly isn't as crass as many of his friends at The Drones. He has a quick wit to be fair, and is amiable and good natured to the point of being gullible. Also he has no wish to take responsibility for anything and trys to avoid marraige at all costs. Certain individuals take advantage of these traits in various stories and Bertie appears to bring it all on himself.
The sphere these people all exist in is the high society of the British Empire in the 1920s, they are the 1% of the time and the rules are different for them. They mostly don't work, they have no real problems, certainly not money problems, and there are no consequenses to anything they do. Everything else is taken care of by the gentleman's personal gentleman.
Nothing serious happens but it's all frivolously amusing, and takes you away from the real world for a bit - I loved the stories and it's about time I read the books.
Three small criticisms:
1) A couple of the episodes have quite silly story lines, which I don't feel are based on P G Wodehouse. The classic stories, which I know are taken straight from the books, and set in big English country houses and so on, are priceless and form the vast majority.
2)Annoyingly they swap and recycle actors in different roles which if you are watching lots together is confusing and surely avoidable?
3) Finally there is no index of episodes, so if for example you wish to watch the one where he sings "sonny boy" - my favourite - you've no easy way of knowing which series/episode it is.
It appears that my appreciation of Jeeves and Wooster is being reflected in the current price. I bought this set in 2016 for £13. It is now (March 2018) priced at £68!
There is no index with it which is frustrating if you want to revisit your favourite episode later on, but all these small irritations are worth overcoming for the sheer brilliance of Wodehouse, Fry and Laurie.
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