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2 October 2012

David Jason - The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs

Edgar Briggs Rare Series David Jason
David Jason - Edgar Briggs
David Jason is one of our best loved comedy actors and most famous for his his role as Del Trotter in the long running BBC series - Only Fools and Horses. He was, of course, superb as Gr-Granville in Open All Hours; very cool as Inspector Frost in A Touch of Frost, and he was "Perfeck" as Pop Larkin in the Darling Buds of May... but who remembers his performance in the early seventies sitcom The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs?

I do actually remember watching this series as a youngster and enjoying it, too. The story follows the hopelessly clumsy and totally clueless Edgar Briggs, who somehow manages to land the job of personnel assistant to the Commander of the British Secret Service. But despite his uselessness he somehow manages, week after week, to solve the case in hand.

The series also starred Mark Eden, who later found fame playing Alan Bradley in Coronation Street. Thirteen episodes were made - unlucky for some, and it was unlucky for the cast of the show, as a second series was never commissioned.

David Jason - A Sharp intake..
I'd love the chance to see this series in its entirety but it seems that chance may never come. Some years ago ITV decided to repeat the programme, all the cast granted permission with the exception of it's star 'David Jason' who vetoed the plan because he thought he looked to raw in those days and didn't want to share these performances with the public. His decision not only stopped us, his loyal fans, from seeing early performances of this television legend, but also meant that other member of the cast were denied a chance at receiving much-needed repeat fees. He also took the same action with two other programmes he starred in: ITV'S - A Sharp In-Take of Breath" and BBC'S - "Lucky Feller". All of these programmes are also unavailable on DVD and only a few, short clips are available on You Tube, and who knows, perhaps these may be taken off one day, too.

So take a look at the clip below and enjoy this rare treat - David Jason as the hapless Edgar Briggs (with German Subtitles for those listening in French).



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