The title, "Jam and Jerusalem," specifically refers to the hymn "Jerusalem", which is a hallmark of women's clubs in the UK and is traditionally sung during each meeting. The title also refers to the idea that these women's groups have discussions about domestic topics, such jam-making. As these references are largely unknown in the U.S., the title was changed to "Clatterford" to make the series more relevant to American audiences.
In her autobiography, "Bonkers", Jennifer Saunders writes about the cancellation of the series. She revealed that actors (but mentioned no names) offered to do a fourth series for less money before the final decision was made.
In her autobiography, Jennifer Saunders writes about coming up with the series. She was frustrated that the only depictions of country life on television consisted of extremely posh upper class people and extremely dim dirty people and nothing inbetween. She also writes she was largely inspired by the movie 'Calendar Girls'.
Joanna Lumley appears almost unrecognisable in her role as Delilah, as the character is an elderly unclean woman, whilst former model Lumley is known for her glamorous appearance and trademark blonde hair, and subsequently had to wear heavy make up for the role.
The majority of the cast have had lead roles in other comedy series; Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley both starred in Absolutely Fabulous; Doreen Mantle in One Foot in the Grave; Sue Johnston in The Royle Family; Pauline McLynn in Father Ted; Dawn French in The Vicar of Dibley and Sally Phillips in Smack the Pony.
Following the third series in 2009, the series was axed by the BBC, though no official statement was made, with the news instead being revealed by Pauline McLynn on her blog. McLynn revealed that the cast and Jennifer Saunders had wished to do another series.
The first episode was initially written as a pilot, and was filmed in Autumn 2005. When the series was given the go-ahead, the pilot was aired as the first episode, despite having been filmed twelve months earlier than the rest of the series.
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Joanna Lumley left the show after the first series, though her character Delilah Stagg never actually has an onscreen exit. She has an accident riding her bicycle at the start of the second series, and is said to be recuperating in the same episode. Despite having been a prominent member of the guild, Delilah is never mentioned again, so her absence remains unexplained to the viewers.