The Name “Jeeves” Didn’t Come From A Website, You Know

I read a number of P.G. Wodehouse’s stories when I was younger.  Instead of being "the butler did it" stories, they are "the valet saved the day" stories.  The stories are about Bertie Wooster, a rich young man, and Jeeves, his valet.  Wooster spends most of his time in his men’s club or other such brainless pursuits.  Jeeves spends much of his time fixing the messes that Wooster makes.

In the early ’90s, there was even a British TV show called "Jeeves & Wooster."  It starred Hugh Laurie as Wooster and Stephen Fry as Jeeves.  Brilliant casting, I must say.

Laurie is able to play the dumb, happy Wooster so well that viewers might think he really is stupid.  Fry, on the other hand, it spot-on as the imperturbable and intelligent Jeeves.  He can inject layers of meaning into his very proper responses to his master.

"Jeeves & Wooster" is a pleasant, amusing show, and gives viewers an interesting view of England between the wars.