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ARK Wil­liams ap­pears con­tented, sit­ting back in a low chair, sur­vey­ing the sun­set from the win­dow of a rooftop restau­rant. There are sev­eral empty plates in front of him, along with a half-drunk glass of wine. The 53-year-old ac­tor is in high spir­its – and de­servedly so.

The New Year sees him star­ring in two new BBC shows – in the ti­tle role for de­tec­tive se­ries Fa­ther Brown and as the but­ler in pe­riod com­edy Bland­ings, which starts to­mor­row night.

Set in 1929 in the fic­tional Bland­ings Cas­tle, the adap­ta­tion of PG Wode­house’s sto­ries sees Ti­mothy Spall as the ami­able but be­fud­dled Lord Emsworth (Clarence to his friends), who strug­gles to keep his dys­func­tional fam­ily in or­der and usu­ally adds to the chaos him­self. All Clarence wants is to be left at peace with his beloved pig The Em­press but his plans are of­ten thwarted by an ar­ray of friends, vis­i­tors, ser­vants and spongers. Jen­nifer Saun­ders stars as his in­domitable

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