Sunday, April 16, 2006

Code of the Woosters

The Code of the Woosters by P G Wodehouse is currently on Radio 4, as I type. It's the second part. Wooster complained about the Black Shorts (sic):

"The trouble with you, Spode," Bertie Wooster tells the would-be dictator, "is that because you have succeeded in inducing a handful of halfwits to disfigure the London scene by going about in black shorts, you think you're someone. You hear them shouting 'Heil, Spode!' and you imagine it is the Voice of the People. That is where you make your bloomer. What the Voice of the People is saying is: 'Look at that frightful ass Spode swanking about in footer bags! Did you ever in your puff see such a perfect perisher?"

Over all, the language used is all very droll. I rather like it. btw, the reason they're wearing shorts is that shirts were not available ...

Of course, poor Wodehouse rather got himself into a tangle during the War.

Anyhow, back to the torrid tale of the cow creamer!


At 4:23 pm BST, Blogger Carla said...

I see we have similar tastes! I've just finished listening to that myself while doing the mending. Don't you think the sound effects department hasn't had so much fun in a long while?

At 7:16 pm BST, Blogger Alex Bordessa said...

Yes, the effect were great :-) To be honest, it's the first time I've really appreciated Bertie Wooster et al.

At 2:54 pm BST, Blogger Carla said...

Did you see the Channel 4 adaptations with Hugh Laurie (Bertie) and Stephen Fry (Jeeves)? Some years ago now - five or six? I thought some of those were really excellent, especially in the first series (as so often seems to happen, the later episodes/second series seemed to get a bit formulaic)

At 7:49 pm BST, Blogger Gabriele C. said...

Too bad German TV buys all the US series and seldom UK ones though they sound a lot more fun.

We got Blackadder, though, and I hope one day a digital channel will send the original and get rid of that stupid dubbing.

At 8:27 am BST, Blogger Carla said...

I'm just trying to imagine Blackadder in German. What did they do with the episode in the Elizabethan series when Blackadder and sidekick escape from two German guards?


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