‘I’ve always loved to fly, but I couldn’t afford it’ – David Jason on his passion for planes, trains and automobiles


David Jason is lost on the edge of the Pacific. Not, admittedly, in a literal sense – for he is sitting in an armchair in the Covent Garden Hotel, stirring a cup of tea. But his thoughts have been distant for a minute or so now – away on the west coast of the US, where they are revelling in images of San Francisco and its antique tram system. Even the soft clink of the spoon on his saucer – that most English of sounds – does not draw him home.

“I tell you, they almost had to drag me screaming out of the control house,” he muses. “Because I was so fascinated with how they do it. There’s this giant hawser [cable] that goes around San Francisco, underground, and pulls the trams along. You’re talking…

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