Up The Elephant And Round The Castle (1983-85)

up the elephant and round the castle

Jim Davidson plays Jim London. A relative has left him a rundown Victorian house in Elephant and Castle, South London. He’s broke and has a squatter on the top floor. That’s only the start of his troubles. Davidson is a lot of fun to watch.

Opening episode:November 30,1983 – “A Cuckoo In The Nest” – Jim London tells the story of his old school mate Radio Grimes and how he spoiled his relationship with Deirdre and how he got in trouble with some heavy hitters.

Jim is in his local pub while Deidre (Lynne Pearson) waits at a table. An older woman walks in with her two tough guys sons. Jim had backed a loan from a friend who is now in prison. The three want their money…with interest. She hands him a book on first aid so he’ll know what to do for broken arms and legs.

His old pal Radio Grimes (Lee Walker) shows up. He says his wife Elaine has tossed him out and he needs a place to stay. When he offers to pay Jim agrees to let him stay with him. He throws his arms around Jim and kisses him on the cheek. Deidre thinks he’s gay and walks out.

Back at Jim’s place he starts writing a letter to Deidre. Someone is at the door. It’s Deidre with a suitcase. She has some sexy lingerie. She says it’s a peace offering. Jim thinks he’s in for quite a night but she tells him it’s for him. He almost has her convinced it’s all a misunderstanding when Radio comes out saying he can’t sleep and puts his arms around Jim. She storms off.

Next week at the pub Jim is supposed to pay the debt. Radio shows up and give him a packet with the money. Deidre comes in and things get interesting as she goes for Radio. That’s just the first problem for Jim.

It’s a good start to a funny series.

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