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Bertie Wooster and Jeeves try to ensure that Madeline Bassett remains securely engaged to Gussie Fink-Nottle. Bertie's motive? Fear of the feminine sex, and self-preservation.

Martin Jarvis reprises his award-winning Broadway characterisation as Jeeves. Comic mastery directed by Rosalind Ayres and also starring Joanna Lumley, Ian Ogilvy and Michael York.

When Bertie Wooster (James Callis) embarks on an errand of matrimonial mercy down at Totleigh Towers, he needs all the help he can get from Jeeves (Martin Jarvis). Why? Because there's trouble between Madeline Bassett and Gussie Fink-Nottle. She's forcing Gussie to become a vegetarian. If Gussie refuses to abandon steak and kidney pies, Madeleine will dump him and marry Bertie. Can Wooster avoid such a fate?

Also, human gorilla Roderick Spode (Adam Godley) is besotted by Madeline and loathes Bertie, mistakenly viewing him as a rival. A midnight encounter between Bertie and an Aberdeen terrier doesn't help.

And Bertie's host Sir Watkyn Bassett (Ian Ogilvy) suspects he has designs on a valuable statuette. Joanna Lumley pitches in as dominant Aunt Dahlia, with Michael York as whisky-sodden Major Plank.

Can Jeeves sort it all out?

Dramatised by Archie Scottney
Sound Design: Mark Holden
Director: Rosalind Ayres

A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

58 minutes

Last on

Sat 21 Apr 2018 21:00

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Role Contributor
Aunt Dahlia Joanna Lumley
Bertie Wooster James Callis
Jeeves Martin Jarvis
Roderick Spode Adam Godley
Major Plank Michael York
Sir Watkyn Bassett Ian Ogilvy
Rev Harold Pinker Julian Sands
Stiffy Byng Moira Quirk
Madeline Bassett Elizabeth Knowelden
Gussie Fink-Nottle Matthew Wolf
Emerald Stoker Tara Lynne Barr
Cyril Kenneth Danziger
Butterfield Kenneth Danziger
Author PG Wodehouse
Adaptor Archie Scottney
Director Rosalind Ayres

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