PG Wodehouse's Blandings comic series is to be brought to the small screen in the very near future, with the BBC announcing that the popular series will be brought back to television for the first time since 1967.
Lord Emsworth's fictitious residence of Blandings Castle will return to TV screens in the not too distant future (tomorrow actually - Jan 13), as the channel looks to compete with ITV's iron grip on Sunday night programming with the ever-popular Downton Abbey. Although Steven Fry and Hugh Laurie's Jeeves and Wooster and Heavy Weather with Peter O'Toole and Richard Briers brought Wodehouse to the small screen more recently, it has still been some time since we last saw a full Blandings-set series. With such a lengthy time away from the screen, there could be a chance that the new show will not take off as the corporation hopes, but a look at the cast and crew makes things look quite promising indeed.
Timothy Spall, Jack Farthing, Mark Williams and Jennifer Saunders will take on the staring roles in the film as the inhabitants of the famous fictitious manor home and with Paul Seed (Just William) on board to direct and Guy Andrews (Lost in Austen, Absolute Power) penning the series, things are looking positive for the new show.
Blandings begins on BBC1 tomorrow at 6.30pm.