Jeeves and Wooster

Jeeves and Wooster

Infobox television
show_name = Jeeves and Wooster


caption = Series title card
format = comedy
runtime = 55 minutes
creator =
starring = Hugh Laurie
Stephen Fry
country = UK
network = ITV
first_aired = 22 April 1990
last_aired = 20 June 1993
num_episodes = 23Main|List of Jeeves and Wooster episodes
imdb_id = 0098833

"Jeeves and Wooster" is a British comedy television series adapted by Clive Exton from P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves stories. The series was produced by Picture Partnership Productions for Granada Television and screened on the ITV network from 1990 to 1993. It starred Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster, a jovial but empty-headed young gentleman, and Stephen Fry as Jeeves, his improbably well-informed and talented valet. The stories are set in England and the United States in pre-World War II 20th century (there are aspects of the Edwardian era, 1920s and 1930s).

Wooster is a well-to-do bachelor, a minor aristocrat and a member of the idle rich. He and his friends, who are mainly members of The Drones Club are aided in all manner of societal adventures by the indispensable "gentleman's personal gentleman" Jeeves. Wodehouse drew the themes of his plots from classical New Comedy which concern the entangled love lifes of the major characters.

Four series were produced with 23 episodes in total. The programmes were produced by Brian Eastman and are all available on DVD.

The theme music was composed by Anne Dudley.

Characters

Actors' names are given with the series in which they appeared.
* Bertram Wilberforce "Bertie" Wooster — Hugh Laurie
* Reginald JeevesStephen Fry

Recurring characters

Other characters

* AnatoleJohn Barrard (1)
* Rosie M. BanksAnastasia Hille (4)
* Cyril Bassington-Bassington — Nicholas Hewetson (3)
* Cora Bellinger — Constance Novis (1)
* Bicky Bickersteth — Julian Firth (3)
* Biffy Biffen — Philip Shelley (2)
* Rev. Beefy Bingham — Owen Brenman (1)
* Lord Bittlesham — Geoffrey Toone (2,3)
* Mr. Blumenfield — Billy J. Mitchell (1,3)
* Sydney Blumenfield — Anatol Yusef (1,3)
* Daphne Braithwaite — Justine Glenton (1)
* Brinkley — Fred Evans (2,4)
* George Caffyn — David Crean (3)
* Freddie Chalk-Marshall — John Duval (1)
* Darcy "Stilton" CheesewrightNicholas Palliser (4)
* Chuffy ChuffnellMatthew Solon (2)
* Seabury Chuffnell — Edward Holmes (2)
* Myrtle Chuffnell — Fidelis Morgan (2)
* Professor Cluj — Michael Poole (1)
* Aneta Cluj — Zulema Dene (1)
* Corky Corcoran — Greg Charles (3)
* Blair Eggleston — Otto Jarman (4)
* Boko FittleworthRichard Stirling (1)
* Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps — Adam Blackwood (1); Martin Clunes (2)
* Lady GlossopJane Downs (1,2)
* Oswald Glossop — Alistair Haley (1)
* Aline Hemmingway — Rebecca Saire (2)
* Sidney Hemmingway — Graham Seed (2)
* Porkie Jupp — Paul Kynman (4)
* Liftman — Ricco Ross (3)
* Lady Malvern — Moyra Fraser (3)
* Wilmot Malvern — Ronan Vibert (3)
* Gwladys PendleburyDeirdre Strath (4)
* Lucius Pim — Marcus D'Amico (4)
* Claude Catsmeat Potter-PirbrightJohn Elmes (3)
* Oofy ProsserRichard Dixon (1,2)
* Prysock — John Cassady (3)
* Lord Rainsby — Jason Calder (1)
* Ms. Rockmetteller — Heather Canning (3)
* Enoch Simpson — Davis Blake Kelly (1)
* Muriel Singer — Dena Davis (3)
* Slingsby — Harry Ditson (4)
* Myrtle Snap — Veronica Clifford (4)
* Rupert StegglesRichard Braine (1)
* Dwight Stoker — James Holland (actor) (2)
* Pauline Stoker — Sharon Holm (2); Kymberley Huffman (3)
* Emerald Stoker — Emma Hewitt (4)
* J. Washburn Stoker — Manning Redwood (2); Don Fellows (3)
* Rocky Todd — John Fitzgerald-Jay (3)
* Angela TraversAmanda Elwes (1)
* Tom TraversRalph Michael (1,4)
* Jas Waterbury — David Healy (4)
* Trixie Waterbury — Serretta Wilson (4)
* Lady Wickham — Rosemary Martin (1)
* Lord Wickhammersley — Jack Watling (1)
* Lady Wickhammersley — Richenda Carey (1)
* Bobbie WickhamNina Botting (1); Niamh Cusack (2)
* Sir Cuthbert Wickham — Brian Haines (1)
* Freddie WidgeonCharles Millham (1); John Duval (2)
* Maud Wilberforce — Paula Jacobs (1)
* Dame Daphne WinkworthRosalind Knight (3)
* Gertrude Winkworth — Chloë Annett (3)
* Uncle George Wooster — Nicholas Selby (1)
* Claude Wooster — Hugo E. Blick (1); Jeremy Brook (4)
* Eustace Wooster — Ian Jeffs (1); Joss Brook (4)
* Alexander Worple — Bill Bailey (3)
* Lord Worplesden — Frederick Treves (4)
* Ted TuckerJames Patten

Episodes

Locations

*Totleigh Towers was filmed at Highclere Castle, Berks.
*Exterior shots of Brinkley Court were filmed at Barnsley Park, Glos. in series 1 and Hall Barn, Bucks. in series 4.
*All interior shots of Brinkley Court were filmed at Wrotham Park, Herts.
*Interior and exterior shots of Chuffnell Hall, in series 2, were also filmed at Wrotham Park.
*Shots of Chuffnell Regis, Devon, were filmed in Fowey, Cornwall.
*Ditteridge Hall ("Jeeves Takes Charge") was filmed at Englefield House, Berks.
*Twing Hall ("The Purity of the Turf") was filmed at Stanway House, Glos.
*The "Victoria Hotel" and the "Hotel Riviera" in Westcombe-on-Sea ("Pearls Mean Tears") were filmed in Sidmouth, Devon.
*Chuffy's Aunt's House ("Kidnapped!") was filmed at Clandon Park, Surrey.
*Deverill Hall ("Right Ho, Jeeves") was filmed at Joyce Grove, Oxon.
*Fothergill Hall ("Comrade Bingo") was filmed at Dorney Court, Bucks.
*Lord Worplesdon's New York residence ("The Once and Future Ex") was filmed at Gaddesden Place, Herts.
*Exterior shots of Stuyvesant Towers, Wooster's residence in New York City in series 3 and 4, were filmed at Senate House in Bloomsbury, the central library and administration building for the University of London.

Trivia

* Bertie Wooster's car is an early 1930s Aston Martin.
* Chuffy Chufnell drives a Lagonda in series 2.
* Because the lead actors Fry (6'5") and Laurie (6'3") are particularly tall, the supporting players were cast with this in mind and are almost uniformly tall themselves.
* An element of the TV show not present in the books is Wooster's (Hugh Laurie's) skill at piano playing. Several memorable scenes in the TV show feature Laurie playing a humorous piano song and, occasionally, Jeeves joining in for a duet.
*Viven Pickles also plays Aunt Dahlia in the BBC Radio 4 series "What-ho, Jeeves!"
* The theme music by Anne Dudley was also used in the movie Mickey Blue Eyes with Hugh Grant

External links

*
* [http://www.hatsharpening.com/j&w/television.php Hat-Sharpening] : An episode guide to the series, including information about which episodes were adapted from which Wodehouse stories
* [http://wodehouse.ru/jaweng.htm The Russian Wodehouse Society] : Episode guides, screenshots and quotes from the four series
* [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/1060579/index.html British Film Institute Screen Online]


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