1 9 9 4 – 1 9 9 6 (UK)
13 x 55 minute episodes
Having completed his work on cop drama Spender, Jimmy Nail decided to make music an integral part of his new project in which a Geordie factory worker attempts to become a country and western singer.
Set in post-Industrial Newcastle Upon Tyne, Jed Shepperd (Nail) is a lathe operator in the dying twilight of the shipbuilding industry. At home, he writes, performs and records catchy country and western songs.
Jed’s sister sends one of his demo tapes to a major label for consideration (without his knowledge) and label executive Ade Lynn (James Wilby) likes what he hears.
Ade guides Jed through the seedy world of recording studios, record executives, and radio industry nepotism to eventual airplay and fame in a rags-to-riches a la The Coal Miner’s Daughter.
Both the series and its spin-off album were a huge success with the single spending 23 weeks on the charts.
A second series (Crocodile Shoes II aired in 1996 and followed Jed as he worked on his “difficult second album”.
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