Shorty Mepstead, a shy plumber lives in South London with his mother and brother, ladies' man Randolph.
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Series cast summary:
David Jason ...  Shorty Mepstead 14 episodes, 1975-1976
Cheryl Hall ...  Kathleen Peake 14 episodes, 1975-1976
Peter Armitage ...  Randy Mepstead 11 episodes, 1976
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ...  Mrs. Mepstead 11 episodes, 1976
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Shorty Mepstead, a shy plumber lives in South London with his mother and brother, ladies' man Randolph.

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(13 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Lucky Feller is the second sitcom that David Jason had the starring role in that didn't get picked up for a second season, the first being The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs. It should be noted that both sitcoms got generally good reviews from the press at the time. See more »

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Underrated but not forgotten
15 February 2007 | by johngammon56See all my reviews

This was a shamefully underrated ITV comedy of 1976, written by Terence "There's a girl in my soup" Frisby and produced by Humphrey Barclay. Also set in south-east London, the basic set-up can be seen as a dry run for Only Fools and Horses, except with David Jason playing the "Rodders" part. There are two brothers: a sex god (Randolph Mepstead, played by Peter Armitage) and a shy nerd (Shorty Mepstead, played by Jason). The nerd is in love with a girl (Cheryl Hall); the girl is sexually infatuated with the sex god. Put like that it sounds a fairly standard romcom, but the quality of the writing was high and the comedy of social misunderstandings was highly inventive.

It was attacked by critics and only lasted one series, axed by the production company London Weekend Television. Years later it was reported in the press that LWT, presumably hoping to make some money out of the popularity of Del Boy Trotter, had approached David Jason to ask if it could be reshown. Alas, Jason turned them down. He apparently still felt aggrieved that LWT had not got behind such a superior project. But this is the kind of show that is ripe for revaluation.


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