BBC One has ordered a second season of their comedy series Blandings, which finished airing its 6 episode first season on the channel back in February. 7 half hour episodes have been ordered for the show’s second season which will again be shot on location in Northern Ireland.
Based on the Blandings Castle series by noted author PG Wodehouse, Blandings is et in 1929 in the fictional Blandings Castle and follows the amiable but befuddled Lord Clarence Emsworth, who struggles to keep his dysfunctional family in order and usually adds to the chaos himself. All Clarence wants is to be left at peace with his beloved pig The Empress but his plans are often thwarted by an array of friends, visitors, servants and spongers. The series is produced by Mammoth Screen and stars Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech), Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) and Jack Farthing (Da Vinci’s Demons). The series is written by Guy Andrews. The executive producers are Kristian Smith, Damien Timmer and Guy Andrews.
Speaking of the renewal series writer Guy Andrews said: “As ever, all Clarence wants is to be left in peace with his beloved pig. But events conspire against him as never before. His incorrigibly rakish brother Galahad is on the prowl with a glittering monocle and a case full of shocking memoirs. Other guests and impostors include a voracious Hollywood producer, a dancing saxophonist secretary, a leather-gusseted religious maniac, Clarence’s frankly terrifying sister Charlotte and – worst of all – the poker-wielding Duke of Dunstable, the rudest man in Shropshire. Will tranquillity ever reign at Blandings Castle, even for an afternoon?”
While Executive Producer Kristian Smith added: “I’m so thrilled that audiences young and old have loved Blandings as much as we do. The capers at Blandings Castle offer us charming family comedy and a truly stellar cast; Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders immaculately capture all the joy and spirit of Wodehouse’s brilliant characters and Guy Andrews’ beautiful scripts masterfully bring the Blandings stories to life. Series two is a real treat for everybody.”