David Jason Back On The Beeb After 20 Years Away
David Jason is to star in a new BBC1 comedy series for the first time in 20 years. Danny Cohen, BBC1 Controller and Cheryl Taylor, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, have green lit The Royal Bodyguard from Hat Trick Productions.
According to Cohen: "I am delighted to welcome David Jason back to a leading comedy role on BBC1. David is a hugely talented performer and much loved by British viewers. When I read the script I knew he would be perfect."
Jason plays Captain Guy Hubble, a lifelong soldier coming up for retirement who has recently been put in charge of Royal security. Unfortunately, he turns out to be the worst possible appointment as he is totally out of his depth. He should never have got the job, having previously worked in the car park at Buckingham Palace, but owing to a terrible misunderstanding, he's been promoted with the Queen's blessing to this important role. Now the fate of the Royal Family is in the hands of this walking disaster as he supervises security arrangements for all their engagements.
Hat Trick boss Jimmy Mulville added: "When Cheryl Taylor got behind this brilliant script by Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni (The Worst Week Of My Life, Armstrong And Miller) and Danny Cohen suggested David Jason for the starring role, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven!"