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Upchat Line, The

FREELOADING HACK JOHN ALDERTON makes his way around London society with the inevitable oooh, crikey-type situations arising from sequential attempts to get his leg over. Adopted a different guise to suit each potential paramour, none of whom, unusually, were PAULINE COLLINS. Created by KEITH WATERHOUSE. Regenerated into ROBIN NEDWELL for the sequel, THE UPCHAT CONNECTION.



  1. Wes Sexwater

    June 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Nice theme tune, as I’ve wittered elsewhere – bit of perky trad, yet not annoying.

  2. Droogie

    March 17, 2019 at 5:26 am

    Watched some of The Upchat Connection on YouTube tonight because I always liked the work of Keith Waterhouse and Robin Nedwell. Suffice to say it’s neither’s finest hour. Nedwell is also sporting a distractingly bad perm a la Martin Shaw in The Professionals throughout this.

  3. Glenn Aylett

    March 17, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Didn’t John Alderton live out of a left luggage locker in Marylebone station and the credits showed a train in a station? I can remember it being OK, better than the usual ITV sitcoms of this era, but nothing special.

  4. Droogie

    March 18, 2019 at 1:02 am

    Yeah. Alderton didn’t want to do another series, so The Upchat Connecton has Robin Nedwell as a chancer inheriting the same luggage locker key and everything continuing from there. I’ll always love Keith Waterhouse for writing Billy Liar, but his creative output after that was nowhere near as good – especially his sitcom stuff.

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