15 March 2010
David_Jason Sir David Jason returns to his acting roots Britain’s favourite actor Sir David Jason is to star in his first ever non-acting role in a new documentary for Five. The Show Must Go On will see Sir David revisiting his acting roots in the show, which goes behind the scenes of amateur dramatics.
The 60 minute programme will see Sir David mentor an amateur dramatic company and reveal the trials and tribulations of the actors and crew as they strive to balance their everyday lives whilst preparing and presenting a comedy play under Sir David’s watchful gaze. “I was astonished to learn that there are hundreds of thousands of amateur actors and groups around the country enjoying local drama as I did many years ago,” Sir David Jason says. “It was such a great way for me to enter into the theatre and so I was very excited about the prospect of returning to the world of Am Dram and seeing behind the scenes.  I hope the viewers will enjoy the programme as we see the exploits of one such theatre group.”

Sir David Jason

Sir David will present a one act comedy play for the chosen society to perform. They must then cast, learn and rehearse the play, ready to present in a West End theatre and in front of cameras – all in three weeks. Andrew O Connell, Controller of Factual at Five, said: “Getting Sir David Jason to agree to this project is a huge coup for the channel. We’re delighted to have someone of his calibre attached to The Show Must Go On.

Sir David became interested in amateur dramatics in 1955 when he was just 15, negotiating his way into repertory theatre in North London and performing with the Incognito Theatre Group, and another local Am Dram group, The Manor Players.  He moved into TV in 1964.

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