Sep 19, 2008: I have good news for Hugh Laurie: on work experience alone, he’ll be first pick to play Lord Likely in the BBC production.
Imagine, if you will, what would happen if you crossed the Crown Prince from Blackadder the Third with Wooster of Jeeves and Wooster and then with House himself. Stick him in 1856, give him a nice top hat and bottomless glass of scotch, no occupation to speak of, and a better built (but equally stupid) Baldric to wait on him.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Lord Likely: aristocrat; drunken lecher; hurler of stone phalluses.
Based on first adventure—The Mystery of the Mysterious Missive—The Adventures of Lord Likely are lots of mindless, mayhemic, and politically incorrect fun. Written in crisp, stereotypical upper-crust English, they do a good job of capturing the totally self-absorbed and self-impressed Lord Likely, as he drinks, insults, and blunders his way into large fists and small criminals all around the country. His trusty man-in-waiting, Botter, is along for the ride, much to his own great peril.
In this first adventure, Lord Likely must investigate a death threat against him. Normally, he would pay little attention to such things—commonplace as they are—but this particular death threat was delivered by post with a return address, and the writer had the audacity to refer to the Lord as "Sir".
Ladies and gentlemen, Lord Likely is no mere Knight.
What ensues can only be described as remarkable and unexpected, and involves the aforementioned hurling of a stone phallus. That of Adonis, no less.
The Adventures of Lord Likely is quality, bawdy British humour, no doubts about it. It’s a light, fun read, and—provided you aren’t easily offended by lechery and violence—I recommend it.
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