Uncle Fred In The Springtime [Electric Decade]

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012012042220200503 (R4)Dramatised by Archie Scottney

Joyous all-star spring fever, led by Alfred Molina, Patricia Hodge, Jared Harris, Martin Jarvis and Rufus Sewell. A pig-napping romantic thriller! PGW's dialogue dances across the Blandings Castle lawns. Charming Earl of Ickenham (Uncle Fred) has received a plea from affably dotty Lord Emsworth to help foil a plot to steal his prize-winning pig. And to examine the sanity of eccentric Duke of Dunstable.

Delighting in such entertainment, Uncle Fred arrives at Blandings in the guise of "brain specialist" Glossop, with nephew Pongo posing as his secretary. Lively Polly Pott is the third imposter, secretly engaged to Dunstable's nephew Ricky and hoping to charm her prospective uncle-in-law. Emsworth's devious secretary Rupert Baxter (Jared Harris) spots them but can't call their bluff for fear of blackmail. Emsworth's sister Connie suspects they are jewel thieves. Bosham, Emsworth's son, thinks all is above board. But then Polly's detective Dad is called in. Will the pig-napping happen?

Cast:
Uncle Fred.... Alfred Molina
Lady Constance.... Patricia Hodge
The Duke of Dunstable.... Christopher Neame
Rupert Baxter.... Jared Harris
Ricky Gilpin.... Rufus Sewell
Horace Davenport.... Lloyd Owen
Mustard Pott.... Julian Holloway
Polly Pott.... Sophie Winkleman
Lord Emsworth.... Martin Jarvis
P.G. Wodehouse.... Ian Ogilvy
Lord Bosham.... Simon Templeman
Pongo Twistleton.... Matthew Wolf
Beach.... Kenneth Danziger
Valerie Twistleton.... Moira Quirk
Webster/Footmen.... Darren Richardson
Singing Gardener.... Mark Holden

Director: Martin Jarvis
Producer: Rosalind Ayres

A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

Debonair Uncle Fred loves his role of 'imposter', especially that of an ageing cupid.

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

Debonair Uncle Fred loves his role of 'imposter', especially that of an ageing cupid.

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

022012042920200510 (R4)Uncle Fred is still masquerading as a brain doctor and Lord Emsworth's prize pig is stolen

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

Dramatised by Archie Scottney

Charismatic Uncle Fred (Alfred Molina) is still at Blandings Castle masquerading as a 'brain doctor'. The Duke of Dunstable's lunatic pig-napping scheme continues. He calls in nephew Ricky. Money is involved, and maybe a chance for Ricky to marry Polly Pott. Lord Emsworth's prize-pig Empress of Blandings is purloined - and hidden.

Will all end happily? Will true love triumph? Even happiness for the Pig? Will our ageing hero, Uncle Fred, be able to leave for London, feeling that 'there are no limits to what I can accomplish - in the Springtime'? All-star cast directed by Martin Jarvis.

Cast:
Uncle Fred.... Alfred Molina
Lady Constance.... Patricia Hodge
The Duke of Dunstable.... Christopher Neame
Rupert Baxter.... Jared Harris
Ricky Gilpin.... Rufus Sewell
Horace Davenport.... Lloyd Owen
Mustard Pott.... Julian Holloway
Polly Pott.... Sophie Winkleman
Lord Emsworth.... Martin Jarvis
P.G. Wodehouse.... Ian Ogilvy
Lord Bosham.... Simon Templeman
Pongo Twistleton.... Matthew Wolf
Beach.... Kenneth Danziger
Valerie Twistleton.... Moira Quirk
Webster/Footmen.... Darren Richardson
Singing Gardener.... Mark Holden

Director: Martin Jarvis
Producers: Rosalind Ayres and Martin Jarvis

A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

Uncle Fred is still masquerading as a brain doctor and Lord Emsworth's prize pig is stolen

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.