1 9 7 5 – 1 9 7 6 (UK)
13 x 30 minute episodes
This ITV sitcom starred David Jason as lovable loser, Shorty Mepstead. Also set in south-east London, the basic set-up can be seen as a dry run for Only Fools and Horses, except with Jason playing the Rodders role.
Shorty, who lived at home with his mum (Pat Heywood), was in love with Kathleen Peake (Cheryl Hall), but she only had eyes for his handsome brother, Randy (Peter Armitage).
The brothers, who run their own plumbing company, are like chalk and cheese, with Shorty being the shy and reserved type and Randy being a confident ‘lad’ who has no problem pulling the ladies.
Happily, by the end of the series, the ‘lucky feller’ gets his girl.
Lucky Feller was attacked by critics and only lasted one series, axed by the production company, London Weekend Television.
Years later it was reported in the press that LWT, presumably hoping to make some money out of the popularity of Del Boy Trotter, had approached David Jason to ask if it could be reshown. Alas, Jason turned them down.
Randolph ‘Randy’ Mepstead