Tucker's Luck series summary
Peter "Tucker" Jenkins is a working-class youth living in a council estate in London in the mid-1980s. Tucker recently graduated from secondary school (see Grange Hill), which gave him a so-called comprehensive education but no real job skills. Furthermore, he lacks the academic qualifications to go further in his schooling or land a good job. So, like thousands of other young people at the time, he's unemployed and on the dole. The stories in Tucker's Luck revolve around Tucker Jenkins and two friends from school, Alan Humphries and Tommy Watson, and their attempts to get by, day by day, eager for work but always short of money and qualifications.
Tucker's Luck was created by Phil Redmond, and ran on BBC 2 from 1983-1985. There were three series of nine half-hour episodes each, for a total of 27 episodes. Tucker's Luck starred Todd Carty as Tucker Jenkins, George Armstrong as Alan Humphries, and Paul McCarthy as Tommy Watson. The theme music was composed by Alan Hawkshaw.
18 October 2013 Thanks to Dr. Peter Jachimiak from the University of South Wales, Cardiff for sharing this link to a terrific Loose Goose Radio podcast exploring 1980s political pop music.
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