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April 27, 2007



Great Hugh Laurie clip! He looks like the lounge-lizard cousin of Dan Backslide, the Dover Boys' fiendish arch-rival for the affections of Dora Standpipe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpOPyjmB8SI


Un po di Prunella Scales!

Mrs. Peperium

Mr. Elk,...I do not know what to say...except where's Louise?

Moi aussie cher Robertino.

(Mapp and Lucia are on tap tonight for us. Mr. P is in dire need of a brain rest...and with the warm weather I can't think of a better one. We just finished Wodehouse Playhouse - too much fun.


Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.


Of "Wodehouse Playhouse" I thoroughly approve. Indeed, John Alderton and Pauline Collins ought to be ashamed of themselves.

On the other hand, don't get me started about "Jeeves and Wooster." My reaction to that series is rayther like yours towards modern Episcopalianism (he typed with a subtle smile).

On the subject, did you ever see that Blandings Castle dramatisation with Peter O'Toole as Emsworth? Not too bad, although it did plunge into the gratuitously slapstick every now and again.

Mrs. Peperium

Robertino, you shall have to flesh out your ideas about Alderton and Collins so that I may properly understand them. On a side note, have you ever seen their "No Honestly" series?

Not quite cricket would be my most polite reaction to modern Episcopalianism (she said typing with a subtle smile). However, I don't think I would go as far as that with Jeeves and Wooster. The biggest flaws, as usual, are the women, or the actresses. Roger Kimball writes in his book, The live of the....(sorry Rog, your title is not top of the old bean this morning and I'm just too lazy to go downstairs and sort through our Roger Kimball section of the library to find it.) that women by and large do not get Wodehouse. He does not give complete asent to this but I do. I do because most people don't get anything as a quick glance through our most popular TV shows demonstrate... Anway, I should think if you are a modern girl schooled to call herself an actor, when she is really an actress, then how can you really think you can play a convincing Honoria Glossop? Lady Florence Craye would be a cakewalk and, to the series' credit, that actor/actress does a fine job with her. Madeline Bassett proves to be as elusive as the faeiries in God's daisy chain or whatever she blathers on about. Almost all of the actors with girl parts are dismal at best except for the aunts. But Spode is marvelous. So is Gussie plus I love Tuppie. I must also note I adore Hugh Laurie's haberdashery. The tweeds he sports are beyond perfect...*sigh*

We watched the Blandings Castle with O'Toole years ago. I got quite mad at the Empress's pig stye. Yes, furious in fact. It was a castle. The Empress would never have had a castle. Wodehouse would have housed her properly (and he clearly describes the rails of her stye so we know her stye was just like every other piggie stye in Shropshire). That's why Clarence, (Lord Emsworth) spending his summer nights, not chatting with his family and guests, but gazing at the Empress dining on potatoes is so amusing. They blew the pig humor on her. How can you blow the pig humor? Utterly reprehensible. I refused to watch the rest of it.

I think your tastes in dramatizations are along the line of the fellow who plays Georgie in Mapp & Lucia - true classic acting. I once watched an interiview with him on Patricia Rutlege - Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced bouquet) Patricia, if you are not aware, is not a trained actress. She wanted to be a posh headmistress with a red sportscar in fact. But after school her first job was a costumes or something in summer stock. Somehow they wheeled her out on stage and her natural comedienne came to the surface. The fellow who played Georgie (Ian?) is a classically-trained actor, and he loves Patricia but he calls her quite naughty. Her naughtiness is what you would call slapstick. The exagerated eyes and over repsonses designed to get the biggest laugh. I understand his complaint but I do enjoy that stuff. But then I watch things for amusements sake.

This might be your problem with Alderton and Collins, no? Perhaps even Fry and Laurie?

Mrs. Peperium

Georgie is dead! Who knew?



Mrs. P,
Mes remerciements for a good laugh on this lovely Sunday morning.

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