Originally aired on the BBC in the late '70s, the comedy series Wodehouse Playhouse comes to DVD in this set from Acorn Media. The two-disc set contains all seven episodes from the series three, each based on the popular stories by author P.G. Wodehouse. The series stars John Alderton; actress Pauline Collins (from series one and two) does not appear. The episodes include "The Smile That Wins, "Big Business, "Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo, "Tangled Hearts, "Trouble Down at Tudsleigh, "The Luck of the Stiffhams, and "The Editor Regrets." The episodes are presented in their original 1.33:1 aspect ratio with a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Soundtrack. The only special features are biographies and filmographies for the cast, crew, and source author. Also includes a full-color insert with background notes about the stories and characters.
P.G. Wodehouse biography; Cast filmographies; Full-color insert with background notes about the stories and characters
As always, Wodehouse's writing is like champange bubbles or skipping on a sunny day. And all in the Wodehouse Playhouse series are faithful to the effervescence of the master's original stories, (these are the only adaptions P.G. approved of.) Standing on its own, Series 3 is a five-star product. But, compared to Series 1 and 2, it slouches to 3.5-to-4 stars. John Alderton letting loose his comic brilliance is a joy to watch: like seeing an athlete at the peak of his powers or hearing a diva hit that high note with ease. But the irreplacable Pauline Collins doesn't appear in any of these stories and she is very sorely missed. Also, they've marred what was a work of the highest order of seriously goofy art by adding a grating laugh track. The first two sets in the series are superior because of including Collins. However, Series 3 is still wonderful and worth every penny.