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Jeeves and Wooster

Jeeves and Wooster series is a famous television adaptation of the eponymous cycle of novels and short stories by British humoristic writer P.G. Wodehouse. Although it is not the only screen version of this writer’s works, it exceeds by far all the others in popularity and success, while still being a humble TV series. The main reason for it, however, is not the excellent screenplay or director’s work, for it is filmed in a rather ordinary television manner, but the brilliant acting of the two leading actors: Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.

Although Wodehouse’s stories are rather cleverly adapted to the screen and very often two or three of them are intertwined in a one episode, it is this tandem’s complete understanding of the personalities of their characters and continuous following all the lines of behavior they invented for them which makes the series what it is.

It is a theatre of two actors, which is confirmed by the fact that actors playing supporting roles constantly change; sometimes, one and the same actor may play two different characters in different episodes, which leads the viewer to a correct assumption that this series is a play, rather than TV program; a play that at various times may be manned with different actors, with only two important ones always being the same, even when directors themselves change.

Jeeves and Wooster is thoroughly recommended to all who love correct and exquisite English language, the atmosphere of the beginning of the 20th century and, of course, the writings of P.G. Wodehouse. It is often called the only proper screen version of his novels, and it is true.

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