Here’s some episodes of Jeeves and Wooster. In Return to New York, Bertie is in love with a painter, and commissions a portrait of his fearsome Aunt Agatha, played by the fearsome Elizabeth Spriggs.
The next episode is The Once and Future Ex and it’s one I have a personal connection to.
I’ve mentioned before that I used to work at a company whose headquarters is a big stately home, and that, occasionally, it was used as a location for filming. This episode was partly shot at the house, which was a source of huge excitement for me, as I was (and am) a huge fan of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.
So, I brought in a few of their books one day, lurked around their trailer, and when Stephen Fry was there, I knocked on the door to get the books signed. To make some semblance at conversation, I talked about what we did at the company, knowing that Fry was a big fan of computers, particularly the Macintosh, and when I told him that one of the company’s products had been Wordwise, a word processor for the BBC Micro, he said ‘I wrote my first book on Wordwise.’ So, thinking it was worth asking, I offered to give him a demo of the software we were working on at the time (I think it was ArtWorks, a graphics program for the Archimedes computer) at his convenience.
“I’m free right now” he said, so I had the surreal experience of escorting Stephen Fry up to my office. I gave him a demo pf ArtWorks, and we talked about how software enabled many more people to be creative and artistic, and generally had a nice chat. He was about as lovely as you’d hope he would be, and he even wasn’t embarrassed when several other of my colleagues started appearing in my office to see the celebrity.
Some time after that, I sent him a copy of the finished program, although (as I said in the covering letter) I doubted he would have a suitable machine to run it on, and he wrote back a delightful letter thanking me and saying lots of encouraging things. I’ve still got that letter somewhere.
So, this episode has lots of scenes taking place in and around Gaddesden Place. Here’s the entrance hall.
This scene is at the front door, just outside the door in the previous scene.
Here’s the magnificent swimming pool. Staff of the company were allowed to use it. I was there 14 years and never used it once. I’m an idiot.
Here’s the outside of the conservatory housing the swimming pool.
The story involves Bertie’s attempts to get out of another engagement, and his attempts to help a friend get funding for his stage show. It ends with most of the cast climbing the tower on top of the Empire State Building during a lightning storm.
The final episode is Bridegroom Wanted. More unwanted engagements, and wanted engagements, which end up with Jeeves and Bertie jumping overboard from a ship and spending eight months cast away to escape all the people out for Bertie’s blood.
The tape ends after this episode.
- British Airways
- trail: Peak Practice
- Renault 19
- trail: Peak Practice (with an appearance from Bill Nighy)
- Vauxhall Corsa
- Nat West
- trail: London’s Burning