Wodehouse Playhouse Series 1

Wodehouse Playhouse Series 1

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Cast: John Alderton


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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Although probably best known as the creator of Jeeves, the ultimate gentleman's gentleman, the prolific P. G. Wodehouse created an entire universe of eccentric, mostly upper-class Brits, and his short-story gems get smart dramatization in Wodehouse Playhouse Series One. Pauline Collins and John Alderton are the star repertory players in these charming adaptations, playing different characters in each episode, always to great effect. Wodehouse's genius lies first and foremost in his use of language, with characters vividly drawn through his brilliant command of slang and idiom. The verbally agile Collins and Alderton are always up to the task, breezing through a variety of accents -- upper-class, lower-class, and every strata in between. Wodehouse's Mulliner stories account for quite a few of the episodes here, including "Unpleasantness at Bludleigh Court," which, as any fan knows, contains the famous poem about shooting gnus. But the marvelous Drones Club stories and Oldest Member golfing stories are worked in as well, including the standout "Rodney Fails to Qualify," where a dreamy (and extremely irritating) poet intrudes on the love affair of a pair of avid linksters. Wodehouse fans -- and they are legion -- generally regard these BBC shows as the best Wodehouse ever to hit the screen, and some added charm comes from the short introductions provided for each episode by Wodehouse himself. Jeeves aside, this is Wodehouse at his very best.

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Acorn Media

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P. G. Wodehouse biography; Cast filmographies; Full-color insert with background notes about the stories and characters

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Wodehouse Playhouse Series 1 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always loved to read Wodehouse, but these 1970's BBC adaptations were a complete surprise to me. Each 30 minute episode dramatizes a different Wodehouse short story and stars a young Pauline Collins and a hilarious John Alderton, along with an ensemble cast of supporting players. They are very Monty Python, veddy British and completely loony. Many are based on the Mulliner stories. (No Jeeves and Wooster.) As an added bonus, there is a brief intro from an elderly P.G. Wodehouse at the top of each episode. (As he died in 1975, he must have recorded these intros close to the end of his life...) Can't wait for Volume Two!