Wodehouse Playhouse

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Wodehouse Playhouse
Written byP.G. Wodehouse
David Climie
StarringJohn Alderton
Pauline Collins
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series3 + pilot
No. of episodes21 (list of episodes)
Producer(s)David Askey
Michael Mills
Gareth Gwenlan
Production location(s)England, United Kingdom
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBBC2
Original release9 July 1974 –
12 December 1978

Wodehouse Playhouse is a British television comedy series based on the short stories of P. G. Wodehouse. From 1974 to 1978, a pilot and three series were made, with 21 half-hour episodes altogether in the entire series.


P. G. Wodehouse introduced the episodes in the first and second series, shortly before his death.

With the exception of the pilot, John Alderton featured in all episodes, and his wife Pauline Collins was in all of the episodes in the first and second series. Geraldine Newman was featured in the first series. Sally Thomsett and Liza Goddard were among the actresses who were featured during the third series.

As each episode is a stand-alone adaptation of a different short story, Alderton and Collins play different parts in each show in which they appear. While they are often romantically linked, there are several episodes where they pair up with a different character. Most stories are culled from the "Mulliner" stories, the "Golf" stories and the stories that revolve around the Drones Club.



  1. "The Reverent Wooing of Archibald", based on "The Reverent Wooing of Archibald" (Mulliner story), 9 July 1974 (lost[1])

Series 1[edit]

  1. "The Truth About George", based on "The Truth About George" (Mulliner story), 23 April 1975
  2. "Romance at Droitgate Spa", based on "Romance at Droitgate Spa" (story included in Eggs, Beans and Crumpets), 30 April 1975
  3. "Portrait of a Disciplinarian", based on "Portrait of a Disciplinarian" (Mulliner story), 7 May 1975
  4. "Unpleasantness at Bludleigh Court", based on "Unpleasantness at Bludleigh Court" (Mulliner story), 14 May 1975
  5. "The Rise of Minna Nordstrom", based on "The Rise of Minna Nordstrom" (Mulliner story), 21 May 1975
  6. "Rodney Fails to Qualify", based on "Rodney Fails to Qualify" (Golf story), 28 May 1975
  7. "A Voice From the Past", based on "The Voice from the Past" (Mulliner story), 4 June 1975

Series 2[edit]

  1. "Anselm Gets His Chance", based on "Anselm Gets His Chance" (Mulliner story), 26 March 1976
  2. "Mr. Potter Takes a Rest Cure", based on "Mr Potter Takes a Rest Cure" (Bobbie Wickham story), 2 April 1976
  3. "Strychnine in the Soup", based on "Strychnine in the Soup" (Mulliner story), 9 April 1976
  4. "Feet of Clay", based on "Feet of Clay" (Golf story), 23 April 1976
  5. "The Nodder", based on "The Nodder" and "Monkey Business" (both Mulliner stories), 30 April 1976
  6. "The Code of the Mulliners", based on "The Code of the Mulliners" (Mulliner story), 7 May 1976

Series 3[edit]

  1. "The Smile That Wins", based on "The Smile that Wins" (Mulliner story), 31 October 1978
  2. "Trouble down at Tudsleigh", based on "Trouble Down at Tudsleigh" (Drones Club story), 7 November 1978
  3. "Tangled Hearts", based on "Tangled Hearts" (Golf story), 14 November 1978
  4. "The Luck of the Stiffhams", based on "The Luck of the Stiffhams" (Drones Club story), 21 November 1978
  5. "The Editor Regrets", based on "The Editor Regrets" (Drones Club story), 28 November 1978
  6. "Big Business", based on "Big Business" (Mulliner story), 5 December 1978
  7. "Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo", based on "Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo" (Mulliner story), 12 December 1978[2]
  1. ^ Wodehouse Playhouse, lostshows.com
  2. ^ Taves (2006), pp. 182–187.
  • Taves, Brian (2006). P. G. Wodehouse and Hollywood: Screenwriting, Satires and Adaptations. McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0786422883.

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