1 9 7 9 – 1 9 8 2 (UK)
27 x 30 minute episodes
A lightweight comic with a slick style and cheeky air, Jim Davidson has an engaging personality – a fact of which he is just a little too aware and much of his Thames Television show depended on his considerable rapport with the audience.
Mark Stuart’s production showed all the signs of a restricted budget and although designer Graham Probst’s spare but stylish setting helped, Jim had to work hard to sustain his half-hour.
Quick-fire cockney humour was his line and many a well-tried target came within his sights.
References to Brixton’s cosmopolitan population, exchanges with the audience – “Do you know how Irish women get pregnant? No? And you think they’re thick” – got predictable laughs, and one or two lightning sketches and an interlude by a musical guest completed the picture.
His guests over four series included Chas & Dave, The Dooleys, Bob Todd, Wendy Richard, Lionel Blair, Deryck Guyler, Rita Webb, Rudolph Walker, Windsor Davies, John Junkin, Norman Bird, and a pleasant musical group called Champagne.