PICK OF THE WEEK:
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