It’s funny how “Jeeves” has simply become a name synonymous with “butler.” All from some lovely funny books by PG Woodhouse.
The funny part is that he never was a butler, he was Bertie’s valet.
Just like James has become the defacto name for a chauffeur.
It’s spelled Wodehouse, actually, but your description of them is right on.
And Stephen Fry’s portrayal of Jeeves (to Hugh Laurie’s Bertie) will forever be my favorite! :D
Actually, he was a “gentleman’s gentleman”. More than valet or butler – everything combined into one!
And yes, Fry will always be my image of Jeeves. Some folks consider him too young to play Jeeves, but for me he and Laurie were perfection in their roles.
Not entirely clear on all the details of the relationships, but I also think of a British Army officer’s ‘batman’ for the ‘gentleman’s gentleman’. Stephen Fry has more recently done a charming sitcom ‘Kingdom’, as a barrister in a seaside town who straightens our everyone’s tangled lives around him (much like his role with the young Hugh Laurie’s Bertie Wooster!) Hear, hear!
You guys are funny. :)
@Pbarnrob, I am SO going to check out “Kingdom.” Yay! New British sitcom somehow I’d never heard of. How? HOW?
One of my favorite little unintentional puns is that Alfred is Batman’s batman, as well as parental figure and moral compass.
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