Blandings Cast Fills Out

Mark Williams joins PG Wodehouse adaptation.

17 Apr 2012
by Steve O'Brien


Some of the cast of Blandings

The BBC have released more details of their adaptation of PG Wodehouse's Blandings stories.


As announced in February, Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders are taking the lead roles in Blandings as the befuddled Lord Emsworth and his indomitable sister, Connie. Now The Fast Show's Mark Williams has been confirmed as Lord Emworth's long-suffering butler, Beach. Newcomer Jack Farthing, meanwhile, is his Lordship's financially irresponsible son Freddie.


Other cast members announced include David Bamber (Chalk, Psychoville) playing Clarence's dance teacher Herr Schnellhund, Tony Maudsley (Benidorm) will play Cyril Wellbeloved - the character who looks after Lord Emsworth's beloved pig, The Empress; whilst Sam Hoare (Jane Eyre) is 'Beefy' Bingham, a man who dreams of marrying Connie's daughter Gertrude.


David Walliams will guest star in two episodes as Clarence's new secretary, Rupert Baxter, while quirky songstress Paloma Faith has also nabbed a role in the series as a dancer.


PG Wodehouse penned his first Blandings story in 1915, eventually penning 15 novels and five collections of short stories about the family. The series has been adapted by Guy Andrews.


"Blandings Castle is dysfunction junction, the home of a chaotic family struggling to keep itself in order," Andrews says in the BBC press release. Clarence Emsworth, ninth earl and master of Blandings Castle, yearns with all his soul to be left in peace; preferably in the company of his beloved pig, The Empress. But he never is. There is always someone who wants him to do something. Presiding over the blitzkrieg on his equilibrium is the baleful figure of his sister Connie, with whom he shares the house; at her shoulder is Clarence's brainless younger son Freddie and a panoply of friends, enemies, servants, spongers, private detectives, bookies and confidence tricksters.


"Only Beach, his loyal and long-suffering butler, provides consolation. Storm-battered Clarence, somehow never vanquished, occasionally makes everything right through an inspired or accidental intervention.


"For any writer, it is the rarest privilege imaginable to have Wodehouse legitimately available as source material. Instead of just stealing from him as we usually do."


BBC One controller Danny Cohen said, "PG Wodehouse was a comic master, and we are very excited about bringing his stories to life for a new generation of television viewers. I'm sure that the equally brilliant Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders will do justice to Wodehouse's work, and I hope Lord Emsworth can put up with all the noise of the production."


Blandings is set to be broadcast on BBC One in the Autumn.



Blandings Cast Fills Out
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