Wodehouse Playhouse

Season 1 Episode 4

The Unpleasantness at Bludleigh Court

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Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM May 14, 1975 on BBC
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The Unpleasantness at Bludleigh Court
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"In our story tonight - 'The Unpleasantness at Bludleigh Court' - we see how the malevolent influence of a house nearly wrecked the romance of two poets - they had the dickens of a time - but fortunately everything came right in the end." (P.G. Wodehouse) Introduction Kindred spirits and fellow poets, Charlotte Mulliner (author of 'Vignettes in Verse') and Aubrey Trefusis (author of 'Pastels In Prose') meet at 'The Crushed Pansy' a club for the literati. It emerges that Charlotte Mulliner has been invited to stay at the home of Aubrey Trefusis' parents, Sir Alexander and Lady Bassinger. Bludleigh Court is a strange house - it exercises a ghastly spell that saps even the most humanitarian principles and turns the gentlest nature-lover into a monster of ravening bloodlust. At first Charlotte is inclined to scoff at Aubrey's warnings but upon arriving at the house, both young people soon fall under its spell. They find themselves pursuing Aubrey's Uncle Francis, whose sole topic of conversation is limited to gnus, and as far as Aubrey is concerned 'No gnus is good news'. Charlotte had never thought that she would be handy with an air rifle, but she turns out to be an excellent shot, pursuing Uncle Francis off the boathouse roof where he is sunbathing, but Uncle Francis is a good mover, having got that way by pursuing the nippier gnus. When both Aubrey and Charlotte come to themselves they leave Bludleigh Court for good, returning to London for a spot of tea and marriage.moreless

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Ballard Berkeley

Ballard Berkeley

Sir Alexander

Guest Star

Shelagh Fraser

Shelagh Fraser

Lady Bassinger

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David Allister

David Allister

Horatio Bassinger

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P.G. Wodehouse

P.G. Wodehouse

Narrator

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John Alderton

John Alderton

Aubrey Bassinger

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Pauline Collins

Pauline Collins

Charlotte Mulliner

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