Big Jim and the Figaro Club (1979–1981)

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Series cast summary:
 Narrator (6 episodes, 1979-1981)
 Big Jim (6 episodes, 1979-1981)
David Beckett ...
 Chick (6 episodes, 1979-1981)
 Turps (6 episodes, 1979-1981)
 Old Ned (6 episodes, 1979-1981)
 Harold Perkins (6 episodes, 1979-1981)
David John ...
 Nimrod (5 episodes, 1981)
Priscilla Morgan ...
 Glad (3 episodes, 1981)
Hazel Clyne ...
 Beryl (3 episodes, 1981)
Lill Roughley ...
 Pudden (3 episodes, 1981)


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Release Date:

24 June 1979 (UK)  »

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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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In 1987 BBC Radio broadcast a six-part adaptation of the series, with Norman Rossington reprising his role as Big Jim. See more »


Followed by Turning Year Tales: Big Jim and the Figaro Club (1979) See more »

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An unsung masterpiece
22 December 2005 | by (Belfast, NI) – See all my reviews

Situation comedies come and go. Sometimes - Fawlty Towers, Friends - they are monumental and have a long-term future. Other times - like this little gem - they are misunderstood or too sophisticated for their audience. This magnificent little series was made and then, apparently, the BBC scheduler got cold feet and 'dumped' it late-night on BBC2 (by memory). However it was a gem - quite, quite wonderful. Set in the south of England during the massive post-war reconstruction era (~1949-55), it takes place on a building site among a group of council workers. The villain is the site supervisor while Norman Rossington plays 'Big Jim' - a beer-swilling joker who is always trying to 'get one over' on the boss. What makes it wonderful is the *absolutely perfect* sense of time and place. This is an era of innocence and optimism, the like of which has not been experienced since, and it is perfectly captured in this hilarious and, ultimately moving series. It says everything about the crassness of the BBC schedulers of the time that they buried it rather than shouting it from the rooftops. If it is ever resurrected, in any format, move heaven and earth to make sure you see it.

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