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Martin Jarvis, Comedy King - Valerie Grove

Features | By Valerie Grove

Just the dream ticket: Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres, his wife and co-star

Martin Jarvis has now recorded 195 Just William stories and PG Wodehouse’s funniest book

No sooner had Esther Rantzen said on Radio 4, ‘Make us laugh during lockdown – give us Martin Jarvis reading Just William, give us P G Wodehouse,’ than it was done. By a stroke of luck, the latest Wodehouse production from the husband-and-wife team of Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres was already in the pipeline. And when the BBC implored them for more Just Williams, Jarvis found five he’d never done before, adapted and recorded them ‘at the speed of light’, even though he was by now stuck in Los Angeles. ...


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