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Wodehouse in Hollywood - BBC Radio Comic Drama - cheops
Comedy by Tony Staveacre that intersperses PG Wodehouse's own writing with fictional scenes telling the story of the novelist's frustrating experiences in Hollywood.
In 1929, Hollywood studios MGM shipped PG Wodehouse out west, thrust $104,000 into his hand – and got nothing in return. In this comic play, Tim McInnerny stars as Wodehouse, the shy and reclusive Englishman struggling to do an honest day's work in Tinsel Town.
Wodehouse finds the film industry threatened by new demands and peopled by illiterate studio heads, wannabe starlets, child stars and imprisoned writers who see spiders running up the walls. After many frustrating months of work on projects that are never produced, he gives a scathing interview to the Los Angeles Times in which he complains that he has been paid $104,000 for "just loafing about". Hollywood is scandalised but Wodehouse gets his revenge by writing his Hollywood short stories and two novels, Laughing Gas and Old Reliable.
Tim McInnerny has played Hamlet on stage and had a stint as Dr Frank 'n' Furter in The Rocky Horror Show. His recent radio work has included The Odyssey and Oliver Twist. But for many, he'll always be remembered for his portrayal of Lord Percy and Captain Darling in the much-loved Blackadder series.