Brush Strokes. Image shows from L to R: Jacko (Karl Howman), Lionel Bainbridge (Gary Waldhorn), Sandra (Jackie Lye), Eric (Mike Walling). Copyright: BBC.

Brush Strokes

BBC One sitcom about an incorrigible womaniser. 40 episodes (5 series), 1986 - 1991. Stars Karl Howman, Gary Waldhorn, Elizabeth Counsell, Mike Walling and others.

Brush Strokes. Image shows from L to R: Eric (Mike Walling), Jacko (Karl Howman). Copyright: BBC.

Brush Strokes

Jacko, a painter, is an habitual womaniser and cheeky chappy from South London, with somewhat of a loving, sensitive streak lurking not far beneath

1986 - 1991
40   (5 series)
Karl Howman, Gary Waldhorn, Elizabeth Counsell, Mike Walling, Jackie Lye and Howard Lew Lewis
John Esmonde and Bob Larbey
Mandie Fletcher
Sydney Lotterby

Jacko is a stereotypical south-London jack-the-lad; an habitual womaniser, he can't help making some kind of pass at almost every woman he sees - not so much in the search for 'the one', as in the search for 'any one' for the evening; but not necessarily to do any more than talk to.

He may appear negatively to some, but underneath the surface Jacko's a sensitive, thoughtful soul with a genuine interest in women, and a somewhat unfortunate habit of genuinely falling for the ladies he chases.

His boss, Lionel Bainbridge, has little appreciation of the existence of such qualities in men, and sees Jacko as a depraved, perverted sex machine who's had it away with half of the female population - and would with the other half, given the chance.

Lionel's at constant odds with Jacko, who rents a room from his sister and her husband - his best mate and work colleague - Eric, and the loveable rogue is in near constant fear of losing his job. He'd be out on his ear if Lionel discovered just the extent to which Lesley, his beloved daughter, had been the willing victim to Jacko's charms!

Production Details

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Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 1st September 1986 on BBC One at 8:30pm
Last new broadcast
Sunday 7th April 1991 on BBC One at 7:15pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Friday 26th March 2021 at 5:20pm on Drama

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