I have watched it a couple of times as big fan of Tom Sharpe, especially Blott, so enjoyed this. George Cole plays the part of Sir Giles very well, but you wouldn't expect anything else from such a master of hs craft. I thought David Suchet was excellent also, but Julia MCKenzie as the forgetful Mrs Frothby steals it for me.
If you watch anything written by Tom Sharpe you have to keep your mind open as it verges on the ridiculous and I could see this not being to everyones taste. Porterhouse Blues is a better adaptation though, but doesn't have GC in it.
GC got naked 3 times for roles in his career, he didn't have any issues with it. Must have must a big star in more ways than we thought.
Below is an original Press Photograph (which I obtained on eBay).
Written below, the words which can be found on the back of the above Press Photograph.
Blott on the Landscape
The first Tom Sharpe novel to be televised, 'Blott on the Landscape' is an everyday story of planning enquiries, motorway construction, stately homes and family disagreements, involving sex, violence, blackmail and general anarchy, the first part of this rich black comedy can be seen on February 6th on BBC-2.
The core of the story is the rivalry, both on personal and business level, between Sir Giles (George Cole) and his wife Lady Maud (Geraldine James), whose family have owned the Handyman Hall for 500 years, she is determined that it will remain so for the next 500 years, however, Sir Giles is more than reluctant to give her any children.
Matters are further complicated by the enigmatic gardener Blott (David Suchet), who seems to be able to turn his hand to any number of things in league with Lady Maud..........
Picture shows: George Cole as Sir Giles Lynchwood.