1 9 9 7 (UK)
3 x 50 minute episodes
Eddie Wallis (Jerome Flynn) was desperate to fight for his country in World War II, but a crash landing in a Blenheim left him suffering from blackouts, and he was forced out of the RAF and retired to civvy street.
Falling back on his musical skills, he joined the Ray Smiles Orchestra, where he struck up a friendship with womanising bass-playing spiv Eric Trapp (Robson Green), who, unlike Eddie, had no intention whatsoever of aiding the war effort.
The pair found themselves out of their depth in inter-gang rivalries between London gang boss Maxie Morrell (Jim Carter) and the King of the Clyde and Glasgow gangland, Big Malky Fraser (James Cosmo) while Nazi bombs fell all around, and Eddie hankered for the attentions of Berkeley Square beauty Dolly Nightingale (Julia Sawalha), a lady way beyond her social station.
Also seen were band singer Bing Williams (George Melly) and band leader Ray Smiles (Warren Mitchell), who fancied his chances with Eric’s Jewish mum, the faded Czech beauty Clara Van Trapp (Jane Lapotaire). June Brown (famed as Dot Cotton on EastEnders) played Eric’s landlady, Mrs Jilkes.
The three-part ITV comedy-drama was produced by the production company owned by Robson Green and Jerome Flynn, Clapp Trapp Productions.
Big Malky Fraser
Billy the Book
Clara Van Trapp
Flight Sergeant Fullerton