Stay Lucky. Thomas Gynn (Dennis Waterman). Copyright: Yorkshire Television
Stay Lucky

Stay Lucky

  • TV comedy drama
  • ITV1
  • 1989 - 1993
  • 27 episodes (4 series)

Comedy drama about a London wheeler-dealer who resettles in the north. Stars Dennis Waterman, Jan Francis, Niall Toibin, Emma Wray, Chris Jury and more.

Stay Lucky. Image shows from L to R: Sally Hardcastle (Jan Francis), Thomas Gynn (Dennis Waterman). Copyright: Yorkshire Television

Key details

Comedy Drama
1989 - 1993
27 (4 series)
Geoff McQueen
Dennis Waterman, Jan Francis, Niall Toibin, Emma Wray, Chris Jury, James Grout, Susan George, Ian McNeice and more
Geoff McQueen, Michael Aitkens and Alan Whiting
David Reynolds
David Reynolds, Andrew Benson, Matthew Bird, Vernon Lawrence and Peter Richardson

On the run from the London underworld, Thomas Gynn bumps into recently widowed, northern businesswoman Sally Hardcastle at an A1 service station and, more by chance than design, the two reluctantly end up sharing a houseboat.

At one point, Thomas - ducking and diving - drives minicabs in Newcastle, while headstrong Sally runs her narrowboat charter company in Yorkshire.

By the third series, Thomas has spent time behind bars and Sally has long since left the scene. Thomas then saves the life of Samantha Mansfield, administrator of the Yorkshire Industrial Museum, who gives him a job and more besides, before he enjoys a fling in Eastern Europe with Isabel, a British trade official in Hungary.

Finally, Jo, a dancer, becomes the new girl in his life. Pippa and Lively, two old friends, are usually on the scene, too, as is Franklyn Bysouth, Thomas's one-time cellmate. Now a dodgy businessman, he takes Thomas under his wing and offers him work.

Additional details

Camera set-up
Single camera

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 8th December 1989 at 9pm on ITV1

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