For Evelyn Waugh, it was nothing less than "that original garden from which we are all exiled". Now it is the BBC that has strayed into the paradisal precincts of Blandings castle, bringing woolly-headed Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth, his indomitable sister Lady Constance Keeble and the irreverent Galahad Threepwood (last of the Pelicans) to the small screen for the first time since the 1960s.
Have Timothy Spall et al pulled it off, though? PG Wodehouse fans steeped in Plum's masterful tales of porcine rivalry, stolen manuscripts and the incident of Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe and the prawn are a tough crowd to please.
The fact remains, however, that there can never be too much Wodehouse in our lives. And if even a single person is tempted into his glorious and inimitable world then the BBC's job is well done.