Quotations from P G Wodehouse are copyright of, and reprinted by permission of, the Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate © 2019 The P G Wodehouse Society (UK)
It’s been quite a year for new Presidents. But in a distinctly non-
In taking up this honorary post, Alexander follows in distinguished footsteps. The Society’s immediate past President was the late Sir Terry Wogan who followed the late Richard Briers.
Alexander is an enormously popular and successful comedian, actor, writer, singer and television presenter who, like Wodehouse himself, always seeks to spread laughter, sweetness and light wherever he goes.
When invited to become President of the Society, Alexander accepted immediately.
“PG Wodehouse has been a close friend since I was ten; a consoling presence throughout all of life’s hairier moments: boarding school, teenage heartbreaks, even French exchanges. And as I’ve got older the gilded worlds of Wooster and Emsworth and their repertory companies of aunts, eccentrics, love interests, and mechanicals have become more than just good company, they’re vital balm at the end of a weary day. My bedside table has always got at least one edition of Wodehouse on it, because there was never a day so good that it couldn’t be made even better by closing with a few pages of Wodehouse.”
Alexander expands on his love of Wodehouse’s work in an article he has written for the Spring edition of the Society’s journal Wooster Sauce, telling readers that, whilst living in remote Northumberland countryside and snowed-
“We were thrilled when Alexander Armstong agreed to be our new President,” said Hilary Bruce, Chairman of the Society. “He is the perfect choice for the Society. Alexander is loved by television viewers for his wit and his charm. His use of English and love of Wodehouse’s literature will, I believe, make him an outstanding ambassador for the Society and for PG Wodehouse’s work. His appointment gives us even more reason to celebrate.”
Alexander sums up the appeal of Wodehouse’s work thus: “Of course he is celebrated in richly-
Alexander Armstrong, a brief biography
Alexander Armstrong was born and lived near Pauperhaugh, near Rothbury, Northumberland. At the age of 16 he went to Durham School on a music scholarship, and then to Trinity College, Cambridge where he studied English.
The new President is perhaps best known as one half of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller. He has hosted the BBC series Have I Got News For You more than 20 times and has co-
Alexander has published five books, most recently The A-
“The Great Sermon Handicap”
“The Great Sermon Handicap” is one of PG Wodehouse’s best-
Bertie Wooster is encouraged by his cousins Claude and Eustace to join them in the village of Twing, where the tedium of study is to be alleviated by betting on the length of neighbouring vicars’ sermons. Steggles sets the odds and handicaps, with the Rev Heppenstall favourite, with his sermon on ‘Brotherly Love’. But runners are scratched, there is much dirty work, money is lost and won, and ultimately, love triumphs, though not for Bingo Little.
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