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Jeeves and Wooster is a Britishmarker comedy television series adapted by Clive Exton from P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves stories. The series was produced by Picture Partnership Productions for Granada Television and screened on the ITV network from 1990 to 1993. It starred Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster, a jovial but empty-headed young gentleman, and Stephen Fry as Jeeves, his improbably well-informed and talented valet. The stories are set in Britainmarker and the United Statesmarker in the pre-World-War-II 20th century (there are aspects of the Edwardian era, 1920s, and 1930s).

Wooster is a well-to-do bachelor, a minor aristocrat and member of the idle rich. He and his friends, who are mainly members of The Drones Club, are aided in all manner of societal adventures by the indispensable "gentleman's personal gentleman," Jeeves. Wodehouse drew the themes of his plots, which concern the entangled love lives of the major characters, from classical New Comedy.

Four series were produced, with 23 episodes in total. The programmes were produced by Brian Eastman and are all available on DVD.

One aspect of the series is that many of the supporting roles—including significant characters such as Aunt Agatha, Madeline Bassett, and Gussie Fink-Nottle—were played by more than one actor. One prominent character, Aunt Dahlia, was played by a different actress in each of the four series. Conversely, the actress Francesca Folan played two very different characters: Madeline Bassett in series one and Lady Florence Craye in series four.

The theme (called "Jeeves and Wooster") is an original piece of music in the jazz/swing style written by composer Anne Dudley for the programme.

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  • Bertie Wooster's car is an 1929 Aston-Martin 1.5 litre International.
  • An element of the television show not present in the books is Wooster's - Laurie's skill as a pianist. Several scenes in the show feature Laurie playing a humorous song and, occasionally, Fry joining in for a duet. This integration of period compositions may be seen as an ode to Wodehouse's musical career.
  • Vivian Pickles also plays Aunt Dahlia in the BBC Radio 4 series What-ho, Jeeves!
  • The theme music by Anne Dudley was also used in the movie Mickey Blue Eyes.


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