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The Blandings radio series is a series of radio dramas based on the Blandings Castle stories by British comic writer P. G. Wodehouse. The stories were dramatised by Wodehouse biographer Richard Usborne. The series ran between 1985 and 1992 on BBC Radio 4.
The 1985 episodes are based on six short stories. The first five of these short stories were featured in the collection Blandings Castle and Elsewhere (1935), while the sixth, “The Crime Wave at Blandings”, was collected in Lord Emsworth and Others (1937). The later episodes are based on four novels published between 1929 and 1965.
The additional cast for the short stories included Michael Goldie as Mr Donaldson (“The Custody of the Pumpkin”), Phillada Sewell as Mrs Twemlow, Fiona Mathieson as Aggie Threepwood, Valerie Colgan as Jane Yorke (“Lord Emsworth Grows a Beard”), Peter Tuddenham as the magistrate, Diana Martin as Angela, and Edward Duke as James Belford (“Pig-hoo-o-o-o-ey!”), Sheila Keith as Lady Marshall, Nicholas Courtney as the Rev. Rupert “Beefy” Bingham, Wendy Murray as Gertrude (“Company for Gertrude”), Susanna Dawson as Gladys (“Lord Emsworth and the Girlfriend”), Helen Atkinson-Wood as Jane, Michael McClain as Baxter (“The Crime Wave at Blandings”) and Henry Stamper as McAllister.
Adapted from Summer Lightning (1929). In addition to the regular cast, the voice actors included Graham Seed as Ronnie Fish, Royce Mills as Hugo Carmody, Wendy Murray as Millicent, Susannah Fellows as Sue Brown, Christopher Godwin as Baxter, and Roger Sloman as Pilbeam.
Adapted from Heavy Weather (1933). Additional voice actors included John Savident as Lord Tilbury, Josephine Tewson as Lady Julia, Royce Mills as Monty Bodkin, Jeremy Nicholas as Hugo, Charles Collingwood as Ronnie Fish, Moir Leslie as Sue Brown, Norman Bird as Pirbright, and Roger Sloman as Pilbeam.
Pigs Have Wings
Adapted from Pigs Have Wings (1952). Additional voice actors included Joan Sims as Maudie Digby, Susannah Fellows as Penny Donaldson, Royce Mills as Jerry Vail, Charles Collingwood as Orlo Vosper, David Graham as Binstead, and Moir Leslie as Gloria Salt.
Galahad at Blandings
Adapted from Galahad at Blandings (1964). Along with the man cast, the episodes featured Elizabeth Spriggs as Lady Hermione, Harold Innocent as Egbert as well as Beach, Jonathan Cecil as Wilfred, Alan Marriott as Tipton, Susannah Fellowes as Sandy, Simon Treves as Sam, Vivian Pickles as Daphne, Colin McFarlane as the US policeman, Moir Leslie as Monica, Richard Pearce as Huxley, and Chris Emmett as Constable Evans.
- S01E01 – Short Stories – The Custody of the Pumpkin
- S01E02 – Short Stories – Lord Emsworth Grows a Beard
- S01E03 – Short Stories – Pig hoo o o o ey
- S01E04 – Short Stories – Lord Emsworth and the Girlfriend
- S01E05 – Short Stories – The Crime Wave at Blandings
- S01E06 – Short Stories – The Crime Wave at Blandings
- S02E01 – Summer Lightning – Trouble Brewing at Blandings
- S02E02 – Summer Lightning – Sensational Theft of a Pig
- S02E03 – Summer Lightning – A Job for Percy Pilbeam
- S02E04 – Summer Lightning – Activities of Beach the Butler
- S02E05 – Summer Lightning – Painful Scene in a Bedroom
- S02E06 – Summer Lightning – Gally Takes Matters in Hand
- S03E01 – Heavy Weather – The Wrath of Lord Tilbury
- S03E02 – Heavy Weather – Lady Julia Enters the Fray
- S03E03 – Heavy Weather – Gaily Manuscript up for Grabs
- S03E04 – Heavy Weather – Cheque Books at the Ready
- S04E01 – Pigs Have Wings – Tangled Webs
- S04E02 – Pigs Have Wings – Love Comes to the Ninth Earl
- S04E03 – Pigs Have Wings – Maudie and Tubby Make It Up
- S04E04 – Pigs Have Wings – Survival of the Fattest
- S05E01 – Galahad at Blandings – New York and After
- S05E02 – Galahad at Blandings – Sundered Hearts
- S05E03 – Galahad at Blandings – Yoo Hoo, I’m Whipple
- S05E04 – Galahad at Blandings – Houdini Galahad