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Stay Lucky

1 9 8 9 – 1 9 9 3 (UK)
24 x 60 minute episodes

Dennis Waterman (ex-The Sweeney and Minder) plays Thomas Gynn, a geezer on the run ‘up north’ to escape some misdemeanours committed in London.

He happens upon Sally Hardcastle (Jan Francis), her car broken down on the motorway, and manages to get her back on the road again, cadging a lift in the direction of Leeds.

The two develop an attraction for each other and Thomas becomes caught up in Sally’scomplicated life, involving a late unfaithful husband, a stolen painting and intimidation from sources interested in the painting’s recovery.

The character of Samantha Mansfield (Susan George) was written out after a few episodes of series 4, and after some hasty re-writes, Leslie Ash’s character Jo Blake was introduced as a replacement love interest for Thomas Gynn.

The theme – Stay Lucky and Free – was sung by Dennis “write the theme tune . . . sing the theme tune” Waterman.

Thomas Gynn
Dennis Waterman
Pippa O’Connor
Emma Wray
John Lively
Niall Toibin
Sally Hardcastle
Jan Francis
Franklyn Bysouth
Ian McNeice
Barney Potter
Willie Ross
Samantha Mansfield
Susan George
Alex
Dougray Scott
Kevin
Chris Jury
Jo Blake
Leslie Ash