David Jason: Planes, Trains & Automobiles

David Jason Planes Trains and Automobiles
David Jason: Planes, Trains & Automobiles - Series Image. UKTV/Shiver

The legendary comic actor travels across America’s West Coast in this new documentary series, and has plenty of fun along the way.

David Jason’s journey is mostly about travelling in an extraordinary range of different methods of transport, while also sampling the local scenery and meeting with the people who are passionate about these vintage vehicles.

In this first episode, which sees Jason beginning his trip in Seattle and making his way south, be begins in a floatplane before the Seattle home of the Boeing company, where he meets one of the test pilots of the first 747. Later on in the programme Jason then gets to control a Douglas DC3, drive an original Model T Ford, and ride the only working vintage timberland steam train – locomotive that’s slow, but geared to be powerful enough to move huge logs across the countryside.

There is plenty to like in this enjoyable documentary – much of it being just delighting in Jason’s reaction to seeing some of the stuff he gets to drive leading to the classic line: “Good grief, Penfold!”

There is also plenty to be taken aback by. When Jason meets the man he is about to fly with on the DC3, we see the man on crutches. It turns out that a few weeks earlier, this man was in a plane that crashed on take-off, meaning that he had to have a foot amputated, and he is waiting for a prosthetic to arrive. There must have been a little bit of Jason wondering if this was an omen. Luckily, everything was fine, and we learn that the DC3 played an important part in this guy’s life as his father was on one during D-Day.

My favourite thing that I learned in this programme: the first time Boeing flew passengers it was on mail planes, but only if there was no mail to pick up. If the plane arrived at a stop and there was mail that was to pick up, the passengers was dropped off and had to wait for the plane to make its delivery.

David Jason: Planes, Trains & Automobiles is on Gold at 21.00 on Thursdays.