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Lucky Feller (ITV Sitcom, David Jason, Cheryl Hall)



In ITV sitcom Lucky Feller mum’s boy Shorty Mepstead (David Jason), who runs a plumbing business with his worldly wise brother Randolph (Peter Armitage), meets and falls in love with Kath Peake (Cheryl Hall). Initially Kath was definitely more interested in Randolph but Randolph was less than enamoured of Kath and Shorty eventually won her over.

Lucky Feller was another attempt to find a star vehicle for David Jason, although it was well written (by Terence Frisby) and played it only ran for the one season of 13 episodes. The TV Times for the week (Aug 28, 1976) of the show’s premiere carried an interview with Jason which touched on Jason’s attempts to make the next step to proper stardom. Like Shorty in Lucky Feller Jason also bemoaned his lack of success with the opposite sex. Jason also revealed that writer Terence Frisby lived with him for a couple of days to observe Jason’s mannerisms and so on.

Cast: David Jason as ‘Shorty’ Mepstead; Peter Armitage as Randolph Mepstead; Pat Heywood as Mrs Mepstead; Cheryl Hall as Kathleen ‘Kath’ Peake; Glynn Edwards as Mr Peake; Maggie Jones as Mrs Peake

Writer: Terence Frisby / Producer: Humphrey Barclay / Directors: Mike vardy, Gerry Mill

UK / ITV London Weekend Television / 13×30 minute episodes / 3 September – 26 November 1976 Fridays at 7.00pm