Tuesday, October 30, 2007

JEEVES AND WOOSTER SEASON ONE

Time Life / reg 4 / no extras

Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Robert Daws

When ITV first announced that it was making a big budget series based on P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves books and it would be starring so called alternative comics Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie fans were apprehensive to say the least but of course no one need have worried as the series turned out to be one sublime joy from start to finish.

Time Life are now releasing the series on DVD, series one now available. It's the 1920's, the roaring twenties in fact, a time when the wealthy set spent their time generally living it up and giving Paris Hilton a run for her money. Bertie Wooster (a role Laurie was made to play, which he does to perfection) is not overly blessed in the braincell department and seems to lurch from one crisis to another, more often than not inspired by Aunt Agatha's plans to get him married off, of course he can always rely on his butler Jeeves (an equally superb performance from Stephen Fry) to get him out of the trouble.

A wonderfully enjoyable series, marvellously shot and a top notch cast, its quite funny to note how over the run of the series the supporting characters would more often than not be played by different actors from episode to episode, not that that matters a jot of course.

In a word - sumptuous.