1 9 8 7 – 1 9 9 0 (UK)
25 x 30 minute episodes
Jim Davidson starred in this sequel to Up The Elephant And Round The Castle (1983 – 1985).
In the opening episode, Jim London witnessed the demolition of his old home at 17 Railway Terrace. With cocky cockneyness all too intact, he is also dismissed from his job as a delivery man.
Luck comes Jim’s way, however, when he is appointed chauffeur and general factotum to electronics executive Robert Palmer (George Sewell) whose industry has made him a millionaire.
All problems solved – Jim has a place to live, in a scrubbed Edwardian house in Chelsea, no less, and a cushy job driving a ‘Roller’. He has colleagues, too, among them the butler, Henry (Harry Towb), who becomes an ally; the general assistant, Connie (Cecilia-Marie Carreon); and the upwardly mobile Eleanor Hayward (Juliette Grassby) – Mr Palmer’s PA in the final series.
Jim also has to contend with Sarah (Vanessa Knox-Mawer), Palmer’s beautiful daughter.
Palmer’s business empire collapses at the start of the third series, at which time Jim and Henry start their own business, “Rent-a-Butler”, but the boss is soon bouncing back with a successful consultancy enterprise.
This was the last viewers saw of stand-up comedian Jim Davidson as an actor – a role in which he rarely seemed at ease. The scripts were leaden too, with all that hackneyed “guv’nor” stuff and cockney rhyming slang palling very quickly.