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Old 30-12-2012, 16:31
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Blandings Castle returns to TV: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/...bbey-No-pigton

Timothy Spall is chubbier than the earl in the books, but I'm looking forward to it. I seem to remember a series in the 60's with Stanley Holloway as Beach the butler (who in the books was hugely fat).
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Old 30-12-2012, 17:39
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Will be worth a look. It is about time we had a new adaptation of the genius of PG Wodehouse.

I am not sure about Timothy Spall as the earl though. I hated him as Churchill in the The King's Speech. Can he convince anyone that he is really "posh"?
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Old 30-12-2012, 18:32
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Oooh fabulous, I love Blandings and Lord Emsworth and his assorted family members. I like Timothy Spall as an actor, hope he lives up to my "internal" vision of Lord E
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Old 13-01-2013, 15:30
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Starts tonight at 6.30pm on BBC1 and BBC One HD

Blandings
Pig-Hoo-O-O-O-Ey! Series 1, episode 1.
Comedy series based on the stories by PG Wodehouse. Clarence has to get his pig eating again or he will lose the Fattest Pig prize to his fiendish rival. Meanwhile, Connie demands he put a stop to his niece Angela's love affair with cowboy Jimmy.
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Old 13-01-2013, 16:23
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Was pleased when I read that the series was
coming up. Not so pleased now,when I read
that Jennifer Saunders and 'I'll do anything
to be famous' David Walliams are in it!
So I will not be viewing,as the dreadful eye
rolling and gurning that those two take to be
'acting' frankly gives me the pip!
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Old 13-01-2013, 16:45
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I'll give it a go. I find it's best to watch something first before having an opinion on it
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Old 13-01-2013, 17:35
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Just loving how the BBC is constantly putting out cutting edge drama.
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Old 13-01-2013, 17:39
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Wrong thread! Sorry
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Old 13-01-2013, 19:36
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This is awful.
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Old 13-01-2013, 19:44
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missed it...how good or bad is it?
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Old 13-01-2013, 19:45
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Turned off after 5 minutes, ughh.
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Old 13-01-2013, 19:46
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It started badly, but I think it's getting better. Timothy Spall is all wrong for the Earl, though. And the Empress is the wrong colour, she's supposed to be a black Berkshire!
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Old 13-01-2013, 19:46
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Turned off after 5 minutes, ughh.
Not half so good as the books then?

Currently working my way through ..Heavy Weather...further Blandings fun
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Old 13-01-2013, 19:53
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This is charmless, not sure how they've managed it, but it is.
The humour has been filleted out of it, somehow.
I like a bit of Wodehouse too.
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Old 13-01-2013, 19:55
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Turned off after 5 minutes, ughh.
Lol, this just shows how difficult it is to grab peoples attention these days.
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Old 13-01-2013, 20:01
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Will be worth a look. It is about time we had a new adaptation of the genius of PG Wodehouse.

I am not sure about Timothy Spall as the earl though. I hated him as Churchill in the The King's Speech. Can he convince anyone that he is really "posh"?
I always think he's a brummie although he's a londoner born & bred.
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Old 13-01-2013, 20:05
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If I'd been casting this, I would have had Celia Imrie playing Constance; she has the right sort of snootiness about her that Jennifer Saunders doesn't seem able to manage.
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Old 13-01-2013, 20:07
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It's probably about 40 years since I read any Wodehouse, and I've pretty much forgotten what preconcieved pictures I had in my mind about the characters. Even so, I wasn't that drawn in by it. It was always going to be pretty slow, and with one dimensional characters, but even so it was nothing more than OK. For me, the best character was the Empress. I wonder how they managed to train it to refuse food.

I'll most probably carry on watching for a week or two to see how (or even if) it develops.

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Old 13-01-2013, 20:21
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If I'd been casting this, I would have had Celia Imrie playing Constance; she has the right sort of snootiness about her that Jennifer Saunders doesn't seem able to manage.
I agree. As for the earl I think that Griff Rhys Jones would have been ideal, but perhaps he has given up acting. He is posh and naturally has an air of vague confusion.

Timothy Spall is a good actor but to me he is miscast in this.
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Old 13-01-2013, 20:35
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caught up on I Player...quite enjoyed it...better than CBB anyway
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Old 13-01-2013, 20:41
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Robert Bathurst can do snooty all day long, but it still misfired for me.
I'll stick with my first post, it's oddly charmless and not funny.
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Old 13-01-2013, 20:42
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I really do wonder why anyone on DS bothers to watch TV these days. They don't give anything a chance, they don't like anything that's on.

Blandings was not meant to be taken seriously. I would call it a Charleston compared to DA's waltz. Everyone compares everything to Downton these days so I thought I would just get it in before someone else does!

Sure, it wasn't the best programme in the world, but it was entertaining enough to digest my Sunday Dinner with. I think it will grow on me.

The baffling thing is that people would happily watch "Celebrity Paint Watching" without complaining, as is proved with Splash!
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Old 13-01-2013, 20:49
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or perhaps people tuned in, watched it, gave it a chance and were disappointed with it.
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Old 13-01-2013, 20:55
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It started badly, but I think it's getting better. Timothy Spall is all wrong for the Earl, though. And the Empress is the wrong colour, she's supposed to be a black Berkshire!
Took a while to get into, but I can't say it raised a smile by the end.

Take it or leave it for me.
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Old 13-01-2013, 20:56
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or perhaps people tuned in, watched it, gave it a chance and were disappointed with it.
I always watch more than one episode before I decide if I like it or not. A bit like reading a good book. The first few pages can be hard going but leads into something really good.

Do people in this country now have such a low attention span that if they don't "get it" immediately then they have decided it isn't very good?
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