Interview: Yorkshire Post (6 April 1974)

This page reproduces some of Alan Ayckbourn's significant quotes from the interview.

The Genesis Of Jeeves, Superstar

by Geoffrey Winter

"Much of P. G. Wodehouse's greatest talent was in his descriptive passages like 'He spoke with a certain what is it in his voice, and I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.' An alpha plus passage like that, and there are hundreds more, throws an adapter's problems into sharp relief. I am going to have to create some Wodehouse-style dialogue, but I can't take too many liberties," says Alan Ayckbourn. "There are far too many Wodehouse aficionados ready to pounce. Everyone has his own view of what Jeeves looks and sounds like, but he is a fairly shadowy figure in the books, unlike Bertie Wooster, who is very easy to characterise."

"P. G. Wodehouse created a wonderful world in which if anyone was hard up it was simply because uncle had temporarily withdrawn the allowance. Nothing as serious as actually having to get a job. In a way all his characters are delightful idiots. The reader may envy them their life style, but never their intellect. One feels slightly superior to them all."