Up the Elephant and Round the Castle

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Up the Elephant and Round the Castle
Up the Elephant and Round the Castle.jpg
Genre Comedy
Written by Colin Bostock-Smith
Jim Eldridge
Tony Hoare
Spike Mullins
Directed by Anthony Parker
Starring Jim Davidson
John Bardon
Sue Nicholls
Nicholas Day
Brian Hall
Brian Capron
Anita Dobson
Sara Corper
Rosalind Knight
Theme music composer Keith Emerson
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 22 (list of episodes)
Producer(s) Anthony Parker
Running time 30 mins
Production company(s) Thames Television
Original network ITV
Original release 30 November 1983 (1983-11-30) – 7 November 1985 (1985-11-07)

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.[1]


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.


Character Actor
Jim London Jim Davidson
Ernie "Dad" London John Bardon
Wanda Pickles Sue Nicholls
Arnold Moggs Nicholas Day
Brian Brian Hall
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.

DVD releases[edit]

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.


  1. ^ [1] Archived 1 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine.

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