Blandings series renewed


According to this article, a second season (series, if you’re British) of Blandings has been ordered for BBC One. So we should see seven new episodes of this rather loose adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s Blandings Castle stories, despite the fact that most Wodehouseans roll their eyes at mention of it.

I have to agree that the series was over the top with silly sound effects and Freddie Threepwood’s hair standing antics, but I still enjoyed it, thinking any Wodehouse on the telly is better than none. This article at the U.K. Wodehouse society explains the reasons why the series has so many trade-offs, and it’s not just because the creators are ignorant of the original.  You have to decide whether there are so many trade-offs that the series is unwatchable.

Pig fanciers, of course, objected to the fact that pig was not a Berkshire, as was mentioned in one of the novels or short stories (Pig-hoo-o-o-o-ey perhaps), but I’m sure even the most devoted Whiffle devotee was saddened by the news that the animal actor who portrayed the Empress has left the role to another.

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