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Blandings 2 – The Empress Strikes Back


The BBC has confirmed that it has ordered a second series of Blandings. Seven more episodes of the show will be filmed later this year, for broadcast on BBC1 in 2014.


The main cast are set to return, with Timothy Spall as Lord Emsworth and Jennifer Saunders as Connie. Jack Farthing will also return as Freddie but it isn’t yet known whether Mark Williams will reprise his role as Beach the butler.


The series is again written by Guy Andrews, who says:


"As ever, all Clarence wants is to be left in peace with his beloved pig. But events conspire against him as never before. His incorrigibly rakish brother Galahad is on the prowl with a glittering monocle and a case full of shocking memoirs.


“Other guests and impostors include a voracious Hollywood producer, a dancing saxophonist secretary, a leather-gusseted religious maniac, Clarence's frankly terrifying sister Charlotte and – worst of all – the poker-wielding Duke of Dunstable, the rudest man in Shropshire. Will tranquillity ever reign at Blandings Castle, even for an afternoon?"


As with the first series, the second will be filmed on location in Northern Ireland, at Crom Castle in County Fermanagh.