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The Secret Life Of... David Jason: A Tribute

Channel 5 documentary about Sir David Jason. 1 episode in 2020. Features David Jason and Sue Johnston.

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The Secret Life Of... David Jason: A Tribute

Sue Johnston narrates a look at the life and career of much-loved TV and sitcom star Sir David Jason

Channel 5
David Jason and Sue Johnston
Colin Stone
Colin Stone

Sir David Jason is a bona fide TV legend and one of the finest actors of his generation. As part of Channel 5's latest series of tribute documentaries, we celebrate his life and remarkable career.

Narrated by Sue Johnston, we tell the real story behind his greatest TV creations, from Pop Larkin to Granville, Jack Frost to Del Boy and much more. We chronicle the superstar's early stage career and hear what his fellow thespians really thought of the dashing young actor.

We've unearthed some little-known gems from the archives, including long-forgotten shows, quirky TV adverts and his very first movie. We relive David Jason's heartache on being turned down for starring roles in Dad's Army and Monty Python, and reveal how close he really came to not being cast as the legendary Del Boy.

This touching tribute takes viewers down memory lane, including interviews with industry insiders and former castmates, including his long-suffering on-screen wife Tessa Peake-Jones, who played Raquel in Only Fools And Horses.

Revisiting his greatest hits, including Only Fools, Danger Mouse, Open All Hours, The Darling Buds Of May and A Touch Of Frost, this is the story of the working class lad from north London who became one of Britain's most treasured actors.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • David Jason: Britain's Favourite TV Star (Billed title)

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 21st December 2020 on Channel 5 at 9pm
Episode length
90 minutes
Last repeat
Sunday 13th June 2021 at 12:00am on CC Extra