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Not since Ralph Richardson in 1967 have Lord Emsworth and his beloved pig graced our screens. But can the BBC faithfully capture PG Wodehouse's comic prose in new series Blandings

When the BBC brings Blandings Castle and its inhabitants to the screen tomorrow, another skirmish in the Sunday night period drama ratings war with ITV, it will trespass on a much-loved suburb of paradise and almost certainly massacre some innocents.

The new show, directed by Paul Seed (Just William), stars Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders; it has been written by Guy Andrews, whose credits include Lost in Austen and Absolute Power, and it will adapt some treasured English comic prose for the first time in nearly 50 years, in fact since Ralph Richardson starred in a Blandings series in 1967. The task the new team faces is an almost impossible one: to capture the butterfly of Wodehousean comedy and translate it to a »

- Robert McCrum

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