David Jason: My Life on Screen

David Jason: My Life on Screen

Series 1 - Episode 1



This potted retrospective is a candid, celebratory and thoroughly enjoyable journey through David Jason’s long and illustrious career. There are the usual stops you’d expect, with Jason reflecting on his childhood growing up in 1940s north London as David White. But it’s his encounter with Michael Palin that proves the most revealing. He notes that missing out on becoming a Python was a “great blow at the time” after starring alongside Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Jones in family comedy Do Not Adjust Your Set.

He also reflects on what he regards as some of the happiest times in his life as he reunites with actors Lynda Baron and Stephanie Cole and writer and creator Roy Clarke at the Doncaster hairdresser’s that has doubled for Arkwright’s grocery shop in Open All Hours and Still Open All Hours since 1973.


The actor looks back over his career. He recalls how Ronnie Barker became his mentor, and is joined by Michael Palin to revisit 1960s sketch show Do Not Adjust Your Set.

Cast & Crew

Presenter David Jason
Contributor Michael Palin