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on 2 November 2009
The literary output of Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was prodigious. Songwriting, plays and numerous books. Of all his work none have found a home in peoples hearts quite so much as his most famous creations, the perennial batchelor Bertie Wooster & his gentleman's gentleman Jeeves.
Bertie is always on the brink of disaster,(usually marriage), usually because of some interfering family member,(in particular the much feared Aunt Agatha),. It is then up to the unflappable Jeeves to calmly ensure the matter is sorted and normality promptly restored.
There have been many incarnations of this inimitable pairing with perhaps the television duo of Fry & Laurie being the most popular. For my money however the finest, funniest and most enjoyable work was done by the superb Richard Briers as Bertie & Michael Hordern as a simply unforgettable Jeeves. Their interpretation has Hordern as an older and infinitely wiser Jeeves who is almost a father figure to Briers' rather hopeless but well meaning ditherer. The two spark off each other to great effect and are given excellent support by the likes of David Jason, John Le Mesurier, Miriam Margolyes, Jonathan Cecil, Maurice Denham & Paul Eddington amongst others. The BBC's production values are at their best here with a very sharp script alongside great effects and a clear as a bell recording.
The six titles included are 'The inimitable Jeeves', 'The code of the woosters', 'Right Ho, Jeeves', 'Stiff upper lip, Jeeves', 'Jeeves and the feudal spirit' & 'Jeeves:joy in the morning'. The running time is around 17 hours.
These have all been around for some considerable time in CD format, never mind the audio cassette version, so what does the box set offer? Well frankly nothing new. If you already have these then this box set is of little use to you. However if you are looking to invest in them all in one go, are looking to replace your cassette versions or are in need of a prezzie for a Wodehouse fan then this represents not only a very attractive and neat set but also very good value for money.
These really are a combination of some of Wodehouse's finest writings, Hordern & Briers finest acting & the BBC at doing what they do best. The stories are all long enough to allow proper development and all are very very funny. The pairing will keep you entertained and wishing there were more to enjoy. There simply isn't anything to criticise with this collection and I recommend it totally without reservation.