Timothy Spall says new BBC comedy Blandings is “like Downton Abbey on cocaine!” (VIDEO)

by Lynn Connolly

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Last night saw the debut of the BBC’s new comedy Blandings, which stars former Auf Wiedersehen Pet actor Timothy Spall alongside Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams and Ab Fab’s Jennifer Saunders.

And in today’s TV Biz, Timothy has compared the show to ITV’s Downton Abbey, saying of Blandings, “This is like Downton Abbey on some kind of early cocaine.”

Timothy, who plays the role of Lord Clarence Emsworth, added, “[Blandings] is about an incredibly dysfunctional aristocratic family who live in this massive castle.

“They’re basically a bunch of lunatics who still behave the way they did when they were children…”

He continued, “Downton Abbey is Downton Abbey. It is fantastic. People like it.

“This is like Downton Abbey on some kind of early cocaine.

“The script is beautiful but it is ridiculous at times as well. In some places I laughed until I couldn’t breathe.”

Here’s what the BBC has to say of the comedy, which is of course a TV adaptation of PG Wodehouse’s novel…


Clarence Emsworth longs to be left in peace. But at every turn he is hounded by his imperious sister Connie, his feeble-witted son Freddie and a blizzard of love-struck nieces and their wildly unsuitable boyfriends with only his faithful butler Beach offering reluctant support. Who would be master of Blandings Castle?

We have a sneak peek look at next Sunday’s second episode, which is entitled, The Go-Getter, but first, here’s the episode’s synopsis…

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Connie is anxious to make a good impression on her visiting childhood friend Veronica, and her rich American husband, Jimmy Schoonmaker. She enlists the services of the pathologically fastidious secretary Rupert Baxter to purge Blandings – and in particular Clarence – who is liberally anointing his roses with stinking manure. Meanwhile, Freddie has fallen madly in love with dog-lover Pandora and attempts to impress her by becoming a dog-food salesman, much to his Aunt Connie’s exasperation.

Did you watch Blandings last night? And if so, what did you think of it?

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.