Jam & Jerusalem
|Jam & Jerusalem|
Still frame from the title sequence of Jam & Jerusalem
|Also known as||Clatterford|
|Created by||Jennifer Saunders|
|Theme music composer||The Kinks|
|Opening theme||"The Village Green Preservation Society" by Kate Rusby|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Running time||12x30 minutes
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Original run||24 November 2006 – 23 August 2009|
Jam & Jerusalem is a British sit-com that aired on BBC One from 2006 to 2009. Written by Jennifer Saunders and Abigail Wilson, it starred Sue Johnston, Jennifer Saunders, Pauline McLynn, Dawn French, Maggie Steed, David Mitchell, and Sally Phillips. Earlier episodes also starred Joanna Lumley and Doreen Mantle. On BBC America the first series was aired as Clatterford.
The show centres on a Women's Guild in a fictional small West Country town called Clatterford St. Mary. It first aired on 24 November 2006. The second series began airing on 1 January 2008 with a 40-minute special and finished on 1 February 2008. The third series was filmed from April 2009. It consists of three one-hour specials, and began its broadcast on BBC One on 9 August 2009.
In November 2009, on her blog, Pauline McLynn announced that Jam & Jerusalem would not be returning for a fourth series. She later stated that it was the decision of the BBC and not Jennifer Saunders.
The first episode of Jam & Jerusalem was shot in Autumn 2005 as a pilot (not broadcast at the time) and led to the BBC commissioning of the rest of the six-part series and a Christmas special which were filmed in Autumn 2006. The second series was filmed in Autumn 2007. Both series were filmed in North Tawton, Devon, on nearby Dartmoor, and in Staines.
The programme is one of a group of shows being filmed in High-Definition for a trial run in November on the BBC. The theme tune is a version of The Kinks' "The Village Green Preservation Society" sung by Kate Rusby, whose songs are also used as incidental music. Jam & Jerusalem has no laugh track and is not recorded before a studio audience. The title phrase has traditionally been associated with the Women's Institute in England and Wales, who are popularly supposed to devote much time to the making of jam, and for whom the hymn "Jerusalem" is an unofficial anthem.
Jennifer Saunders' real life daughters, Ella, Beattie and Freya Edmondson, all appear in the show. Beattie and Freya as the daughters of Saunders' character, Caroline, also named Beattie and Freya respectively. Ella Edmondson appears performing a song from her Hold Your Horses album.
- Regular characters
|Series One||Series Two||Series Three|
|Sue Johnston||Sal Vine||1,2,3,4,5,6||1/2,3,4,5,6||1,2,3|
|Pauline McLynn||Tip Haddem||1,2,3,4,5,6||1/2,3,4,5,6||1,3|
|Dawn French||Rosie Bales||1,2,3,4,5,6||1/2,3,4,5,6||1,2,3|
|Joanna Lumley||Delilah Stagg||1,2,3,4||1/2|
|Jennifer Saunders||Caroline Martin||1,2,3,4,5,6||1/2,3,4,5,6||1,2,3|
|Maggie Steed||Eileen Pike||1,2,3,4,5,6||1/2,3,4,5,6||1,2,3|
|David Mitchell||Dr. James Vine||1,2,4||1/2,4,5,6||1,3|
|Sally Phillips||Natasha 'Tash' Vine||1,2,3,4,6||1/2,3,4,5,6||1,2,3|
|Simon Farnaby||Samuel 'Spike' Pike||3,5,6||1/2,3,4,5,6||1,3|
|Salima Saxton||Yasmeen Vine||1,2,4,5||1/2,4,5,6||1,3|
|Patrick Barlow||Reverend Hillary||1,2,3,4,5,6||1/2,3,4,5,6||1,2|
|Rosie Cavaliero||Kate Bales||1,2,3,4,5,6||1/2,3,4,5,6||1,2,3|
|Freya Edmondson||Freya Martin||3||1/2,4|
|Menna Trussler||Megan Boyd||1,6||1/2,4,6||3|
- Occasional characters
|Hywel Bennett||Dr. Mike Vine||Series One: 1|
|Ella Edmondson||Folk singer||Series One: 3|
|Wendy Hill||Mrs Otterley||Series One: 3; Series Two: 1/2|
|Miriam Margolyes||Joyce Midge||Series One: 4|
|Natalie Grady||Mary Webb||Series One: 4|
|Marcia Warren||Lady Anne Crump||Series One: 5; Series Two: 3|
|Brian Knight||Elijah Truelove||Series One: 5|
|The Magic Numbers||Themselves||Series Two: 1/2|
|Beattie Edmondson||Beattie Martin||Series Two: 1/2|
|Helen Blatch||Ida||Series Two: 1/2|
|Sue Vincent||Ida's daughter||Series Two: 1/2|
|Jan Hartley||Veronica||Series Two: 3,4|
|Adrian McLoughlin||Cheese factory supervisor||Series Two: 4|
|Dan Mersh||CSO||Series Two: 4|
|Alex Kirk||Policeman||Series Two: 4|
|Alexis Bowater||Local Newsreader||Series Two: 4|
|Simon Saunders||Landlord||Series Two: 4|
|Chris Stanton||Tim||Series Two: 5|
|Patricia Potter||Amy||Series Two: 6|
|Tish||Series Three: 3|
|Barbara Horne||Registrar||Series Two: 6|
|Ben Chamberlain||Ben||Series Two: 6|
|Kate Rusby and her band||Themselves||Series Two: 6|
|Tim Vine||Tim||Series Three: 1|
|Alex Roe||Chris||Series Three: 2|
|Charles Dance||Himself||Series Three: 3|
Jam & Jerusalem is set in the small West Country town of Clatterford St. Mary and is based around Sal, a local practice nurse. The surgery's indiscreet receptionist, Tip, is also her best friend, and both are at the centre of community life. Despite this, Sal is not a member of her local Women's Guild, but after the death of husband, the local GP, and the loss of her job, she soon joins. Tip is married to a farmer, Colin. The chairwoman of the Women's Guild is Eileen Pike, who always wears her chains of office. Other members include lollipop lady Queenie, elderly church organist Delilah Stagg and Rosie, a cleaner who has an angry and rude alter ego called Margaret. Delilah is absent from the second series except a brief appearance in the first episode. Wealthy Caroline and Susie are slightly separate from the rest of the Guild. Sal's family consists of James, her son, and his wife Yasmeen. Sal's daughter, Tash, has a son of her own, Raph, and she has a boyfriend Marcus until the end of the second series. Tash's friend Samuel "Spike" Pike, a postman, is a fellow hippie, who becomes her husband in the final episode of Series Two.
Sal Vine (Sue Johnston) is practice nurse at the Clatterford Health Centre. She is mother to James and Tash, and widow of Mike. After the death of her husband, James takes over the surgery and replaces Sal with his wife, Yasmeen. Sal subsequently joins the Women's Guild to give herself something to do. Her best friend Tip helps her get her old back by scheming to bring in James' old headmistress Joyce Midge for a smear test. Finding himself overwhelmed with embarrassment, James accepts Sal back part-time on her old wage. Sal is sympathetic towards Rosie's condition, and, in one episode of the first series, reprimanded the Vicar, for not being sympathetic. In the Christmas Special, it is revealed that Sal had still not scattered Mike's ashes and she asks Spike to send them up over the town in a firework. This was not quite done to plan, as the firework was used to end the pantomime that Sal helped produce, cast and choreograph. In the second series, Sal is still involved in the Guild, volunteering to organise the ramble, during which, she felt, the time should be spent talking and bonding. In the third series, Sal was dismayed to find that her privacy was being invaded by builders and bulldozers as a residence for esteemed actor Charles Dance (ostensibly) was to be built behind her house. In addition, she deals with older patients at her house, and is accused of being a prostitute. Sal's attitude to the builder (Jock, played by Clive Russell) subsequently thaws, and in the last episode they are seen to share a kiss.
Tip Haddem (Pauline McLynn) An Irish woman, who worked as the receptionist at the health centre for the first two series and switches to bartending in the third series. She is married to Colin, who owns a farm. She is best friends with Sal, and helps her in many situations, such as getting James to give her her job back. Despite this, she is very indiscreet, and often reveals people's personal medical information gleaned from patient files. She was apparently brought up in a convent in Ireland, and loved it, saying she wouldn't hear a word said against the nuns there. In the Christmas special, Tip played the Wicked Stepmother and spent most of the play with Colin at the pub, arriving drunk for the finale. In the second series, her marriage to Colin is deteriorating, and in the last episode, he was sleeping in a caravan outside the house, and they were communicating by writing to each other on the back of an envelope. But by the end of the episode their marriage seemed to be back on track. In the third series, Tip was working behind the bar of the Fountain pub, and a supporter of Sal's protest against the building behind her house. She was also revealed to be sympathetic towards Rosie's condition.
Rosie Bales (Dawn French) is a sweet little woman with an alter ego called Margaret, who is angry, rude and hateful towards anyone and everyone. Rosie has at least two sons, apparently, and an unseen husband called Ricky. Rosie works at the local cheese factory, and often presents cheese as presents for things such as luck, remembrance and welcoming. She has numerous adventures and incidents during the series, such as forgetting to order pasties for a picnic, finding a potato with Jesus' face on it, going on a celebrity diet (and subsequently swallowing a marigold glove because she couldn't find a balloon to swallow), stealing from the SPAR and getting the Guild bowls team disqualified for indecent exposure. Rosie also had a bad experience (it is not confirmed what) as a child with a man called Peter. In the Christmas special, Rosie borrowed loads of town decorations to make her costume for the pantomime, in which she played the Fairy Godmother. After winning her audition (seemingly by default) she helped Eileen, Queenie and Sal with auditions.
Delilah Stagg (Joanna Lumley) was the elderly church organist, and was often getting herself into problematic situations. These included getting jammed in her car, taking a day to put her donkey called Hetty on a lead, nearly choking on her false teeth and needing to buy a tomato and not being able to find 10p, after which the shopkeeper gave her 10p. At the subsequent bring-and-buy, she was influenced by the shopkeeper's actions and ended up giving away all of the profits. Delilah once revealed that her family were Nazis, which had been referenced in the first series when she was seen in a photograph shaking hands with Hitler, who she said had more charisma than anyone she had ever met, apart from Lester Pigott. In the first episode of the second series, she came flying off of her bicycle and was rushed to hospital. In the Christmas Special, Delilah came to audition early, before anyone else had arrived. As soon as Eileen, Queenie and Pauline arrived, she left. She was known to say a simple sharp "Goodbye" when leaving anywhere. In the pub she offers youths drinks before leaving them to pay the tab. Delilah has a bad bicycling accident in the first episode of the second series and has not appeared since.
Eileen Pike (née Brewer) (Maggie Steed) is self-proclaimed chairwoman of the Women's Guild, and proudly marks her position with some handmade "regalia", which Rosie insists are medals or armour of some sort. Eileen has quite a haughty personality and a superiority complex. She was revealed to be adopted in the first series when she took her adoptive father to a hospice. Sal and Tip used Genes Reunited to find that she had a brother, in whom, at first, she had no interest, but after consideration contacted, finding she also had nieces and nephews. Eileen is very sympathetic towards Rosie's condition, and assists Sal in reprimanding the Vicar after he is less than sensitive towards Rosie. Eileen helps cast, produce and choreograph the pantomime in the Christmas special with Sal. In the third series, Eileen agrees to help with Sal's protest against the development behind Sal's house until she finds out that the person moving into the development is apparently Charles Dance.
Caroline Martin (Jennifer Saunders) is a wealthy mother of 4 - Mikey, who is in a rock band, Christopher, who is in the army, and two daughters Beattie and Freya. She is married to a man called John. She enjoys horseriding, and is not aware as to why her daughter Freya does not show the same enthusiasm. Caroline also often goes away for weekends spending time with the various celebrities that her son Mikey knows. While a prominent member of the Guild, she and Suzie seem separate from it, keeping their own company. Caroline also often mistakes words such as dogging and rimming to mean something completely different to what they actually mean, like taking dogs to the river to swim and wetting the rim of a glass and making a tune (respectively). It is Suzie who divulges their true meanings, to which Caroline expresses deep shock. In the Christmas Special, Caroline helped backstage with make-up and general organisation. In the third series, she first supported Sal in her protest, but changed her mind after she learnt it would bring Charles Dance to Clatterford. Saunders deliberately chose to play a character with little screen time in Jam & Jerusalem, stating she preferred to write, sit back and watch, however the second episode of the third season is one centred around Caroline.
Dr. James Vine (David Mitchell) is Sal's eldest child, who inherits the practice after the death of his father, Mike. He is married to Yasmeen, who takes Sal's job as practice nurse, despite Yasmeen being horrifically squeamish. James is uptight and unsympathetic to patients. After Sal helps James deal with an embarrassing smear test of his old headmistress, he brings her back part-time. In the Christmas special, he takes his deceased father's place in the Clatterford Christmas Panto and plays an Ugly Sister in Cinderella. His relationship with his sister Tash is very negative, yet he expresses his love at her wedding, at which he speaks on behalf of their deceased father. In the third series, he believes a rumour that his mother was a prostitute, and also expressed interest in becoming Clatterford's local MP. He shows that he has emotionally matured when he approves of the relationship between his mother and Jock.
Natasha "Tash" Vine (Sally Phillips) (born 1971) is Sal's younger child, who is a hippy. She has a son from an unknown relationship, called Raph. Her selfish and irresponsibe behaviour lead to causes frequent disputes between her and her mother. In the first series, she is in a relationship with a man called Rufus, who then leaves her. She plays the lead role in the Christmas pantomime (for the 21st time running, despite being 36 at the time), and subsequently starts a relationship with an old school friend called Marcus. She eventually left him in the second series, and married the rival for her affections, fellow hippy Spike. In the third series, she, Spike and Raph are all living in the old portable library outside Sal's house, which is then removed by force by builders after refusal to move it themselves.
Queenie (Doreen Mantle) was verger at the church and local lollipop lady, despite there being hardly any traffic in Clatterford. She is somewhat a second-in-command to Eileen in the Guild. In the first series, it is mentioned that she had a daughter called Gaye, who coincidentally is a lesbian. In the second series, she had her arm in a sling, changing arms sometimes. In the Christmas special, she was director of the pantomime, yet often fell asleep during rehearsals, and stuffed her face full of biscuits. Queenie is absent from the third series.
Yasmeen Vine (Salima Saxton) is wife to James, and becomes practice nurse after he inherits the practice, putting Sal, her mother-in-law, out of a job. She is terrible at her job being extremely squeamish, unable to even say "smear". She is also accomplished in netball and tries to teach the Guild how to play, despite coming to blows with Suzie over who is the best. Yasmeen is Muslim.
The Vicar (aka Hillary) (Patrick Barlow) is the rather fussy, old-fashioned, insensitive and grumpy vicar at the local church. He takes great disdain in suffering the eccentric townsfolk of Clatterford, saying that "being vicar around here is like ploughing bloody concrete". He is shown to have a girlfriend in the second series, called Veronica, who reveals his first name to be Hillary, to which the Guild all respond with laughter, none of them realising that Hillary was a unisex name. The Vicar was opposed to things such as the cancellation of the re-enactment of the Clatterford Skirmish, and the building of Charles Dance's residency behind Sal's house.
Kate Bales (Rosie Cavaliero) is a self-pitying, lonely and irritating young widow who is at first disdained by the majority of Clatterford, described as having "as much charisma as a flip-flop". Her husband died shortly after they got married, and she is still wallowing in grief after five years. She became a bereavement counsellor but often ends up being counselled by those she is trying to help. She joined the Guild to try and come out of her mourning. In the Christmas special, she was forced into auditioning and almost inaudibly sang "Nine Million Bicycles in Beijing", subsequently revealing that she didn't actually want to be in the pantomime and so was enlisted to be ticket saleswoman. Kate is also the guild's computer wizard, despite knowing little about how computers actually work. She does however claim to be the one member who is "oy vey" with computers. She ran a school for people who wanted to learn to use a computer, such as Mrs Ottery, Queenie and Rosie, which was called the "Silver Surfers". In season 3 Kate and the Vicar have a whirlwind romance as a result of the support Kate offered him during his emotional crisis over the safety of Caroline's soldier son.
Suzie (Suzie Aitchison) is a wealthy friend of Caroline's and a guild member, and is married to a man called Charles. She often mistakes Caroline's son Mikey for being in a pop band rather than a rock band. She is very competitive, especially about playing centre in netball. She wanted play Prince Charming in the Christmas Panto, yet a casting change meant she had to be Dandini instead, much to her dismay and disappointment. She went to Sal for advice when she had a pregnancy scare in the second series.
Jock (Clive Russell) is a builder who was renovating the barn behind Sal's house in the third series. Sal had been ignorant of the planning application (Tash had seen it but ignored it), and took her ire out on Jock. Jock, with an abrasive, no-nonsense personality, ignored all protests. Rosie, on speaking to Jock, got the mistaken idea that the house was being built as a hideaway residence for Charles Dance. The thought of a celebrity in the village removes local opposition to the build, leaving Sal without support. Jock, over time, becomes friendly with Sal, eventually becoming her love interest. When it dawns on Sal and Tip that Charles Dance will not be appearing at the local Ladies meeting, it's Jock who saves the day.
Series One (2006)
||Dr Michael Vine (Hywel Bennett) dies of a heart attack, and at the funeral his son Dr. James announces that his wife will be the new practice nurse, putting his mother Sal out of a job. She then struggles to occupy her time, so joins the local Women's Guild, as does Kate Bales, a bereavement counsellor.||
||The women decide they want a coffee room at the local church so they have somewhere to meet up after the morning's service. To pay for the health and safety standards, they decide to put together a bring and buy sale to raise money. Sal finally gets rid of her deceased husband's clothes, donating them to the fundraiser; as her children are unwilling to help, the Guild decide they will.||
||After discovering Eileen was adopted, Sal convinces Tip to use Genes Reunited to search for her birth family. The women are shocked to immediately find the contact details of a blood relative. Although initially angry, Eileen is happy when she discovers she has a brother. Tash asks Sal to take care of Raph for six months, and Sal refuses. Rosie forgets to order the pasties for a village picnic so they have to make them themselves.||
||Delilah gets her car seat stuck. Sal and Tash have a major argument about Tash wanting to do a Circus Skills course, and refusing to get a job. However, they later make up. At the surgery, Tip devises a successful plan to get Sal her old job back, by having James' ex-headmistress Joyce Midge (Miriam Margolyes) come in for a smear.||
||During Kate "Silver Surfers" group, Eileen comes in and reads a letter saying that Guild inspector Lady Anne Crump (Marcia Warren) will be at their meeting that evening, which makes Eileen panic thinking they will be closed. Meanwhile, the Guild help an old man called Elijah whose wife recently died and Rosie goes on a celebrity diet.|
||Rosie, Eileen and Queenie help the Vicar prepare for the harvest festival. When Rosie sees the face of Jesus in a potato, her alter-ego Margaret comes to the surface after the Vicar tells her the face is not there. Meanwhile, the Vicar tries to get some peace and Caroline injuries herself at the pony trials.||
Christmas Special (2006)
||The Guild are organising Cinderella, the village pantomime, and Tash wants to play the lead role as she always does. However, Eileen thinks that, at 36, Tash is too old. Nevertheless, Sal persuades Eileen to let Tash have the role, while James and the Vicar play the Ugly sisters. On the night, Tip goes to the pub rather than perform as the Wicked Stepmother, while Tash gets on well with Prince Charming. Meanwhile, Sal gets help when she decides how to scatter Mike's ashes.||
Series Two (2008)
||As the first anniversary of Mike's death approaches, Sal tells James how much she misses him. Sal teaches James how to be compassionate with his patients and Tash gets a job in tele sales. Meanwhile, the Guild launch a website and hold a Victorian tea so they can put the some photos on the website. However, Kate and Eileen argue over who will make the website. Delilah flies off her bike and is rushed to hospital.||
||Tash and Spike plan to go to Glastonbury, but a ticketless Tash hopes to get past security by pretending to be a security guard. Caroline is also at Glastonbury to see her son perform. Meanwhile, Sal wants a quiet weekend to herself, but Susie comes round saying she thinks she is pregnant after having an affair. However, after looking at the medical records Tip soon tells Susie she can not be pregnant as the man she had the affair has had a vasectomy. Sal's quiet weekend is then ruined further when Tash and Spike come back from Glastonbury early after Tash failed to get past security.||
||Lady Anne Crump (Marcia Warren) visits the Guild to judge their competitions. Sal organises the Guild's ramble, which to Eileen's dismay has no plan or theme, instead Sal says they should spend the time talking and bonding. During the ramble, they by accident meet the Vicar, who is having a picnic with a woman called Veronica (Jan Hartley). The Guild then get stranded in fog. Also, Sal encourages Spike to ask Tash out, but he gets confused and asks her out instead. Tash meanwhile is protesting with her fellow druids about the Army practising on nearby land.||
||The annual reenactment of the 1646 Clatterford Skirmish is cancelled by the Council citing health and safety concerns. The Guild then decide to organise it themselves, and plan many events including a minor battle reenactment, in which James plays Charles I. Meanwhile, after an incident at the factory, Rosie steals from the SPAR and has problems with Margaret, her alter-ego. She is then seen at home by James, who suggests a higher dose of medication, which Sal does not allow. Sal then talks to Margaret and appears to solve the problem, although it is some days before Rosie will leave her house.||
||Yasmeen tries to teach the Guild how to successfully play netball ready for a game against the Guild of a neighbouring village, Hole. However, the Guild lose. The next match is bowls, which they nearly win until Rosie gets Clatterford disqualified for indecent exposure. Meanwhile, Tash plans to move in with Marcus. However, Spike writes her a love note telling her to meet him by a tree at 5pm. She runs away from a house viewing to meet Spike, and she accepts his proposal.||
||Tash tries to organise her wedding to Spike, but soon realises that everything is too expensive. She then decides to let Sal and the Guild organise the wedding, which then takes place by a river with a fairy theme, and Tash and Spike write their own vows to say in front of the registar. The reception takes place on a nearby field and afterwards Spike, Tash and Raph go away in a mobile home.||
Series Three (2009)
Like previous series, Series Three was made in six parts, however was broadcast as three one hour specials with two parts per episode.
|1||9 August 2009||"Easter": Sal discovers an old planning application to convert the barn in the field behind her house and, despite the fact that it is officially too late to object, she enlists the help of the Guild in an effort to stop the development.
"Working From Home":
|2||16 August 2009||"Dinner Party": Caroline is planning a dinner party for husband John and his friends from London.
"Missing Persons": The ladies of Clatterford stage a fashion show.
|3||23 August 2009||"New Beginnings": Spike and Tash are finally ready to travel the world in their converted mobile library, but a confusion with the gears leads to a call-out for the emergency services, and Sal's house ends up looking like a war zone. Jock agrees to mend the damage, and the thawing of his previously frosty relationship with Sal continues, much to the amusement of Tip and the disgust of Tash.
"Ladies in Lavender": All bets are off, though, when it is finally revealed that the barn is not being converted for Charles Dance at all - Jock just let Rosie jump to that conclusion to get the Guild off his back. This would be bad enough if Jock hadn't promised the Guild an appearance by Mr Dance as their next (and indeed, first) celebrity speaker.
The first series of Jam & Jerusalem was broadcast on BBC America in the United States. The first series was screened in Australia, starting in December 2007 on the ABC. In late 2007, the show began to air in Canada on BBC Canada, and in India on BBC Entertainment.
The first series and 2006 Christmas Special of Jam & Jerusalem were released in the United States (Region 1) as Clatterford: Season 1, on 8 May 2007. The first series was released in the United Kingdom (Region 2) on 21 January 2008 and in Australia (Region 4), on 3 January 2008.
The Complete Second Series of Jam & Jerusalem was released on DVD in the UK on 3 August 2009, and 1 September 2009 in the US.
The Complete Third Series of Jam & Jerusalem, as well as The Complete Series 1–3 was released on DVD in the UK on 2 August 2010.
|DVD Title||Discs||Year||Episodes||DVD release|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|Complete Series 1||2||2006||7||8 May 2007||21 January 2008||3 January 2008|
|Complete Series 2||1||2008||6||1 September 2009||3 August 2009||29 June 2010|
|Complete Series 3||1||2009||3||7 September 2010||23 August 2010||7 July 2011|
|Complete Series 1–3||4||2006–2009||16||—||23 August 2010||—|
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