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Jeeves and Wooster

Long before they graced our screens in House and QI, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry were a comedy duo. Amongst their collaborations was a delightful interpretation of PG Wodehouse's famous Jeeves and Wooster books. If you are familiar with Wodehouse's books you will know what to expect: witty dialogue, colourful characters and ridiculous plot twists, all set in the glamorous world of 1930's upper-class Britain. 

Laurie is perfect as the gormless Bertie Wooster, all popping eyes and gaping mouth as he stumbles from one misadventure to another, from which the equally well-cast Fry calmly and cleverly extricates him. Among these are his disastrous romantic entanglements with the frighteningly hearty Honoria Glossop and the sickeningly soppy Madeline Bassett. We are also introduced to a collection of Bertie's domineering aunts, and to his hapless chums, such as Gussie Fink-Nottle, Bingo Little and Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps.

The glorious period settings are a visual treat, as the characters flit between fine country houses, art deco apartments and up-market holiday spots, dressed in natty suits and fabulous frocks, sporting cocktail glasses and monocles. All together, it is a delightful indulgence!  

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