1 9 8 7 – 1 9 9 0 (UK)
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 an electronics executive, Robert Palmer, 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, who becomes an ally; the general assistant, Connie; and the upwardly mobile Eleanor Hayward (Mr Palmer’s PA in the final series).
Jim also has to contend with Sarah, 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.