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River, The

1 9 8 8 (UK)
6 x 30 minute episodes

Pop star David Essex starred as Davey Jackson, a regulation chirpy cockney wideboy who fancied the quiet life as a canal lock-keeper at Chumley-on-the-Water.

A brief encounter with broken propellered Scots bargee Sarah MacDonald (Katy Murphy) led to love in Jackson’s rustic cottage, despite the worst efforts of his frowning Marxist Aunty Betty (Vilma Hollingberry).

Also seen were the local Colonel Blimp (David Ryall) and Jackson’s assistant Tom (Shaun Scott).

To no great surprise, a second season was never commissioned.

Davey Jackson
David Essex
Sarah MacDonald
Katy Murphy
Aunt Betty
Vilma Hollingberry
Colonel Danvers
David Ryall
Tom Pike
Shaun Scott