blandings 2

As ever, all Clarence wants is to be left in peace with his beloved pig, The Empress of Blandings.  But events conspire against him as never before.  On top of his imperious sister Connie and his feeble-witted, fun-loving son Freddie, the paradisal beauty of Blandings Castle is invaded by poker-wielding, egg-throwing Duke of Dunstable, the most odious man in Shropshire.

With the help of his faithful, port-filled butler, Beach, Clarence is obliged to navigate a cavalcade of impossible guests and imposters including a scandalous Hollywood actress, a saxophone-playing secretary, a leather-gusseted Bishop’s wife, Clarence’s frankly terrifying sister Charlotte and – worst of all – his incorrigible rakish brother Galahad, on the prowl with a glittering monocle and a case of shocking memoirs which threaten to ruin the entire family.  Will tranquility ever reign at Blandings Castle, even for a afternoon?

Episodes include:

Throwing Eggs.

Dirty work at the crossroads.

Hallo to all this.

Lord Emsworth act for the best.

Sticky wicket at Blandings.

Necessary Rhino.

Custody of the Pumpkin.

Except for the change of actor for the part of Beach (was Mark Williams, and is now played by Tim Vine), the cast remains the same.  With more fun happenings at Blandings, you never know what you might walk into!

5 Stars*****

 

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