Tim Vine joins cast of BBC One’s hit comedy Blandings

Company News October 24, 2013

Comedian Tim Vine joins a cast of comedy greats for the second series of BBC One’s Blandings, based on PG Wodehouse’s classic stories.

Vine (Not Going Out) 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 (Harry Potter Films, The King’s Speech) and Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous, Jam & Jerusalem) as they reprise their roles as the absent-minded Lord Emsworth (Clarence to his friends) and his indomitable sister Connie, alongside Jack Farthing (Da Vinci’s Demons) as Clarence’s feckless son, Freddie.

Guest starring in the series are Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hours), Celia Imrie (Love & Marriage), Harry Enfield (Bad Education), Matthew Baynton (The Wrong Mans), John Sessions (Filth), Daisy Beaumont (Star Stories), Zoe Boyle (Breathless), Michael Brandon (Episodes), Nicola McAuliffe (Cheri) and Jemima Rooper (Atlantis), alongside other returning semi-regulars Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet) and Ron Donachie (Game Of Thrones).

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.

Writer Guy Andrews says: “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?”

Blandings is produced by Mammoth Screen and filming is about to begin on location at Crom Castle in Northern Ireland with funding support from Northern Ireland Screen. The series is due to air on BBC One in early 2014.

The series was commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning, Danny Cohen, former BBC One Controller (now Director of Television) and Kristian Smith, BBC Commissioning Editor who is also executive producing for the BBC, alongside Joint Managing Director Damien Timmer for Mammoth.

The series is written by Guy Andrews (Lost In Austen, Absolute Power) who is also executive producing. The producer is Matthew Mulot (Little Crackers, The King Is Dead) and the directors are Mandie Fletcher (Jam & Jerusalem, Absolutely Fabulous) and Geoffrey Sax (Christopher And His Kind, New Statesman).