Comedian Tim Vine is to appear in the second series of BBC One’s Blandings, based on PG Wodehouse’s classic stories.
Vine takes on the role of Beach, Blandings’ long-suffering and loyal butler, in this seven-part series adapted from the Blandings books. He joins Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders as they reprise their roles as the absent-minded Lord Emsworth and his indomitable sister Connie, alongside Jack Farthing as Clarence’s feckless son, Freddie.
The series is set in 1929 in the fictional Blandings Castle, home to a chaotic family struggling to keep itself in order. This time around, Clarence, who wants nothing more than to spend time with his precious pig The Empress of Blandings, faces the prospect of being committed to an asylum thanks to an obnoxious house guest; disgrace at the hands of his incorrigible brother Galahad; a leather-gusseted religious maniac and visiting Hollywood film crew; his terrifying sister Charlotte and subterfuge, kidnap and rivalry with Stinker Parsloe in the race for the biggest pumpkin and fattest pig.
As ever, all Clarence wants is to be left in peace with his beloved pig. But events conspire against him as never before. His incorrigibly rakish brother Galahad is on the prowl with a glittering monocle and a case full of shocking memoirs. Other guests and impostors include a voracious Hollywood producer, a dancing saxophonist secretary, Clarence’s frankly terrifying sister Charlotte and – worst of all – the poker-wielding Duke of Dunstable, the rudest man in Shropshire. Will tranquillity ever reign at Blandings Castle, even for an afternoon? – Writer Guy Andrews