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jacksonA man for all seasons, but preferably with grumpiness involved. Gord’s memory lives on via the Upstairs, Downstairs/Professionals telly double, for sure, but there’s far more going on than mere tough talk if you delve a little deeper. Would you believe, presenting Children’s Hour? And possibly uniquely among the actors listed here, there was no jobbing bit-partery for the nascent Jackson. No, it was straight into the co-lead, with Tommy Trinder as half of a duo of AWOL squaddies in the excellent The Foreman Went to France. After tha,t he packed in drawing up Rolls-Royce blueprints and the rest is film history. Whisky Galore!, Quatermass, Hell Drivers, The Great Escape… not a bad haul, all told.

Foreman, we say. Why can’t his first be his best? No shame in that when the film’s so great.



  1. Tabby tamer 73

    April 3, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Try the film Pink String and Sealing Wax it’s a melodramatic delight!

  2. Glenn Aylett

    January 22, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Will always be remembered for his immortal reply to the Gestapo man in The Great Escape when he manages to fob him off posing as a Frenchman until the Gestapo man says ” good luck” in English and Gordon replies with ” thankyou”. The look on his face when he has been found out is priceless.

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