In David Jason: My Life On Screen, Shiver takes Britain’s favourite TV actor across the UK to explore how some of his greatest roles came about – from Pop Larkin in The Darling Buds of May to DCI Jack Frost in A Touch of Frost and Del Boy Trotter in Only Fools and Horses.
Along the way, Sir David recalls the stars who inspired him, including the pivotal role his friend and mentor Ronnie Barker – the man he calls The Guv’nor – played in his career.
He heads back to the London studios where he was given his big television break, reuniting with future Monty Python star Michael Palin, who he worked with on the 1960s comedy sketch show Do Not Adjust Your Set. Sir David also takes a nostalgic tour of his childhood roots in North Finchley – including a visit to his old school – and is on location on his latest project Still Open All Hours.
The series features exclusive new interviews with many of David’s co-stars from more than 50 years on television – including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Pam Ferris, Michael Palin, Stephanie Cole, Johnny Vegas and Tim Healy.
Sir David said: “People have been on at me for ages to document what I’ve done over the course of my career. So eventually I said, “OK, I’ll do it once and for all, so there is a permanent record of it.”
Mark Robinson, Creative Director of Shiver, said: “We feel totally privileged to be working with Sir David on this project. He is an actor who has constantly been voted the nation’s favourite TV star, so it is a dream project to be asked to tell the story of his life on screen, and to help celebrate over 50 years of an incredibly diverse career, combining classic comedy with award-winning drama. We want to reveal not just how Sir David’s television journey has evolved but also why it evolved in such a way; in Sir David’s story there are so many twists of fate, without which some of our all-time favourite TV moments might never have taken place”.
David Jason: My Life On Screen is Shiver’s first commission for Gold and was produced and directed by Stuart Ramsay and executive produced by Mark Robinson for Shiver and Iain Coyle for Gold.