- Brush Strokes
show_name = Brush Strokes
runtime = 29 mins approx.
Howard Lew Lewis
opentheme = Because of you
Dexys Midnight Runners
country = UK
language = English
network = BBC 1
num_seasons = 5
num_episodes = 40
imdb_id = 0090404
"Brush Strokes" was an
Esmonde and Larbeysitcom set in South Londonand depicting the (mostly) amorous adventures of a good-looking, wisecracking house painter, Jacko ( Karl Howman). Gary Waldhorn(later to star in " The Vicar of Dibley") played Lionel Bainbridge, Jacko's boss. Elizabeth Counsellplayed his wife, Veronica, who naturally had a crush on Jacko. The Bainbridges had a daughter called Lesley, who was Jacko's girlfriend at the start of series one. She was played by two actresses during the life of the show: Kim Thomsonin the first two series and Erika Hoffmanfrom series three onward.Jacko worked alongside his brother-in-law, Eric ( Mike Walling), who was married to Jacko's sister Jean ( Nicky Croydon). Jackie Lyeplayed Sandra, the secretaryat work who became Jacko's fiancéein series two (although the weddingnever happened). Other familiar faces that have appeared in episodes include Janine Duvitski, Tracie Bennettand Pippa Haywood.
The show is remembered by many for the slow off-the-mark pub landlord, Elmo Putney (
Howard Lew Lewis) who ran the pub where Jacko and friends took their lunchbreaks. In later episodes, Jacko unsuccessfully started his own company, "Splosh", and Elmo became a rich man after his dog discovered opals in Australia. Elmo bought Jacko's failing company and turned it into a wine bar, where everything was decorated in pink. Jacko returned to Bainbridge's, where Veronica was now in charge after Lionel's untimely death.
The theme song "Because of You" was written and performed by Kevin Rowland & Dexys Midnight Runners. Released as a single in November 1986, it reached number 13 in the UK singles chart.
"Brush Strokes" was broadcast on
BBCtelevision from 1986to 1991.There were 40 episodes spread over 5 series.
Jacko and Elmo also appeared in the first ever
1989Comic Relief show on BBC1 as a pair of murderous psychopaths.Howard Lew Lewis also appeared with Erika Hoffman in the 1988 Hat Trick Productionscomedy series for Channel 4, " Chelmsford 123", where the two played "Blag" and "Gargamadua" respectively. Lewis' character in Chelmsford 123 was virtually identical to his character in Brush Strokes.
*bbc.co.uk|id=comedy/guide/articles/b/brushstrokes_1299000451.shtml|title="Brush Strokes" Comedy Guide
*imdb title|id=0090404|title=Brush Strokes
* [http://www.phill.co.uk/comedy/brush/index.html "Brush Strokes"] at British TV Resources
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