Educated Evans (BBC Sitcom, Charlie Chester, Jack Melford)



In this BBC sitcom we follow the exploits of cockney race horse tipster Educated Evans (Charlie Chester) as he attempted to stay one step ahead of the law, mainly in the form of Detective Sergeant Miller (Jack Melford).

The character of Evans was created by thriller king Edgar Wallace and had previously been seen in a 1936 film with Max Miller in the lead role. Funnily enough Chester’s “schtick” was very similar to that of Miller’s.

Cast: Charlie Chester as ‘Educated’ Evans; Jack Melford as Det-Sgt Miller; Patricia Hayes as Emma Toggs; Keith Pyott as Inspector Pine; Myrtle Reed as Gertrude, the barmaid; Michael Balfour as Man in pub; Mai Bacon as Mrs Wilkes; Dorothy Summers as Mrs Bolton

Creator: Edgar Wallace / Writers: Sidney Nelson, Maurice Harrison with additional material by Bernard Botting, Charlie Hart / Producer: Eric Fawcett

UK / BBC / 23×30 minute episodes / 2 October 1957 – 24 June 1958

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