Six BBC Radio dramatisations of short stories from the master of comedy, P. G. Wodehouse. Mr Mulliner is a pub raconteur with an endless supply of improbable tales featuring his innumerable relations. There is the story of 'Honeysuckle Cottage', haunted by the spirit of a romantic novelist set on forcing marital bliss on the unwilling resident. 'A Slice of Life' also features a spooky old house, plus a young heiress and a determined suitor. 'The Smile that Wins' centres on a dyspeptic detective whose grisly grin is his secret weapon, while 'Open House' is an account of frightening aunts, terrifying ingenues and resourceful butlers. 'Came the Dawn' is a tale of indomitable love, parental obstruction and unexpected opportunities and the final yarn, 'Mulliner’s Buck-U-Uppo', tells of a pale curate rendered fearless after the ingestion of a miracle potion. Starring Richard Griffiths as Mr Mulliner.
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Mr Mulliner is one of PG Wodehouse's less well-known creations but he deserves as much recognition as Jeeves and Wooster. A strange combination of pub bore and fantasist, he whiles away his time in the Angler's Rest spinning unbelievable yarns for his fellow drinkers, all of which he insists are true. Honeysuckle Cottage, the first story in this collection, is a hilarious tale of a house haunted by a writer of romantic fiction; I also really enjoyed Buck-u-Uppo, about a meek young curate whose life is transformed when he accidentally drinks a miracle cordial meant for elephants. All the stories are well acted, especially Mr Mulliner himself, played by the late great Richard Griffiths. Since I bought this title, I have listened to it at least once a week; it never fails to make me laugh.
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