I can't find a thread dedicated to Paul Eddington, so I would like to start one!
Paul was an excellent actor who cropped up in all manner of programmes - early in his career he actually played forty-one different characters in the SAME series - The Adventures of Robin Hood - before finally landing a full-time role as Will Scarlett opposite Richard Greene's Robin.He made appearances in the early Z Cars, Dangerman and The Avengers and played Cobb in 'Arrival', the first episode of The Prisoner. This was followed by roles in The Champions, Spy Trap, Man At The Top, Van Der Valk, Special Branch and Get Some In before landing the part of Jerry Leadbeatter, The Good's long suffering friend and neighbour in The Good Life. He appeared in all 30 episodes of the classic comedy and went on to even more acclaim with the role of inept MP Jim Hacker, firstly in Yes, Minister and subsequently Yes, Prime Minister. The debonair actor was awarded the CBE for his services to drama in 1987 and tragically suffered with skin cancer and diabetes later in his life. He bore his illness with great dignity and much bravery, finally succumbing, aged just 68, in 1995. He left a wife and four children. His gentle, unassuming nature was borne out in his final interview when he said of his possible epitaph, 'He did very little harm'. And that's not easy - most people seem to me to do a great deal of harm. If I could be remembered as having done very little, that would suit me."
Here's Paul in his early role of Will Scarlett,
and as 'Klein' having a spot of bother with Craig and Sharron in The Champions,
as Jerry Leadbeatter in the classic The Good Life
and finally as inept MP Jim Hacker with Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fouwlds in Yes, Prime Minister