Up the Elephant and Round the Castle
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|Up the Elephant and Round the Castle|
|Written by||Colin Bostock-Smith
|Directed by||Anthony Parker|
|Theme music composer||Keith Emerson|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||22 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||30 mins|
|Production company(s)||Thames Television|
|Original run||30 November 1983– 7 November 1985|
Up the Elephant and Round the Castle is a British television sitcom which aired from 1983 to 1985, starring comedian Jim Davidson, who played the role of Jim London. The show spawned a sequel, Home James!, which was also made by Thames Television. Home James ran from 1987 to 1990. Up the Elephant and Round the Castle also gave early exposure to Anita Dobson. The show was made for the ITV network by Thames Television.
Jim London is a young man who gets into all types of problems with the law and spends most of his time getting drunk and chasing women.
|Jim London||Jim Davidson|
|Ernie "Dad" London||John Bardon|
|Wanda Pickles||Sue Nicholls|
|Arnold Moggs||Nicholas Day|
|Tosh Carey||Brian Capron|
|Lois Tight||Anita Dobson|
|Vera Spiggot||Sara Corper|
|Jim's Mum||Rosalind Knight|
22 episodes were aired over 3 series.
The sitcom's theme tune was composed by Keith Emerson. The full length version can be heard on two of his albums, Hammer It Out and Off the Shelf.
Series one was released on DVD in September 2007. The complete series was released on 5 May 2008. However Network still has aspirations into releasing a 3-disc set containing the complete series in the future.