I’ve recently stumbled upon a TV show called Jeeves and Wooster – and wish I’d known about it earlier. It was actually made twenty years ago – staring a much younger Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie – and was based on the Jeeves series of novels and short stories by P. G. Wodehouse, and of which I am now going to have to read at some stage.
The series is set in England and the US in the 1930s, and revolves around ‘Bertie’ Wooster (played by Hugh Laurie), a young man of independent means, and Jeeves (played by Stephen Fry), his ‘gentleman’s personal gentleman’ or valet. Bertie is an amiable young fellow who is always getting into misadventures, either helping out friends and family who get themselves in a pickle, or by accidentally falling into engagements – which seems to occur on a regular basis. It falls to Jeeves, the brains of the outfit, to extract him and his friends and family form their problems.
One of the amusing things about the show is the way actors keep changing – some characters are played by up to four actors across the four seasons, while some actors play a couple of characters.
And then you have the theme…