1.He is a supportive colleague
Buster Merryfield, who played the part of Uncle Albert wrote an autobiography, During the War and other Encounters (1996). His book reveals an endearing story of how Sir David Jason helped settle Buster’s first day nerves. It was his first ever experience of filming for television and he was very stressed about the occasion. Buster recalls:
I met David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, who gave me the once-over and two days later I was picking out my duffel coat, cap and scarf and saying my first words as Uncle Albert. I was nervous as hell. Fluffed my lines. Then David came in and got his words in a twist – in front of a live audience. “What are you lot laughing at,” he joked. “You got in for nuffink, dint ya?” The audience fell about. We all relaxed. That’s when I realised that David had seen how tense I was and deliberately messed things up to put me at my ease.
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