Jennifer Saunders and Timothy Spall to star in new BBC comedy, Blandings

by Lynn Connolly

The BBC’s Comedy Blog report today that Ab Fab creator Jennifer Saunders is to star alongside former Auf Wiedersehen, Pet actor Timothy Spall in a new BBC comedy based on the works of PG Wodehouse.

To be entitled Blandings, the comedy has been adapted for TV by Guy Andrews, and co-produced by Mammoth Screen and the BBC.

It focuses on main protagonist Clarence Emsworth, the ninth earl and owner of Blandings Castle. Spall plays Clarence while Jennifer plays his sister, Connie.

Set in 1929, the series will be made up of six episodes, which are being filmed on location in Ireland.

Of the comedy, Guy said, “Blandings Castle is dysfunction junction, the home of a chaotic family struggling to keep itself in order…

“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.”

Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One, added, “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.”

There’s no news as yet as to when this will air, but we’ll keep you posted!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.