One of the most famous roles for Jerome was in 1990 in the hit
TV show Soldier, Soldier. It was this series that brought him together
with Robson Green - a partnership that eventually led to the show's most recognisable
double-act, and would bring fame and fortune in other ventures. Jerome and Robson
shared the same hotel and they spoke to each other for the first time in a taxi.
Jerome recalls how the more they got to know each other, the more difficult it
was to keep a straight face and act responsibly. "In one scene with the two of
us and Robson, the camera turned to Holly for the reverse shot, but we just couldn't
keep it together and had to be sent out of the room. Holly acted the scene on
her own with the director reading our lines. We were waiting outside, in disgrace."
Both actors were enjoying the work and the relationships they were striking
up with the other actors around them, even though they were both convinced the
series would be a big flop. But the first series screened in 1991 was an instant
success with nine million viewers a week, reaching number seven in the ITV ratings.
It won the Gold Award at the Houston International Film Festival for the
best drama series. The chemistry between Paddy and Tucker was fast becoming a
main focus of the show. So much so that a special video was released featuring
highlights of their exploits, which became a great seller.
first series was filmed in Staffordshire, England, production would move to other
countries as "The King's Fusiliers" received postings around the world.
Jerome was delighted: it was an opportunity to continue to work with Robson, and
to travel and explore.
Soldier Soldier - Series 1. With a six month tour
of duty in Northern Ireland behind them, the officers and men of the King's Fusiliers
Infantry Regiment look forward to an emotional return to their Midlands' headquarters.
Major Tom Cadman, the Company Commander, has to deal with a military problem which
results in his judgement being called into question and Corporal Tony Wilton has
pressing worries of his own - will he get back in time to see the birth of his
When Major Tom Cadman is pitched against a rival officer
in the Regiment's inter-company manoeuvres, he discovers the stakes are far higher
than winning the war games. His arch rival Major 'Dickie' Bird is having an affair
with his wife Laura - leaving Cadman to fight for his honour on the battle field
and the home front. Meanwhile, Laura Cadman faces the biggest decision of her
life - to stay with her husband or to go with the womanising Dickie Bird, who
has shown her affection and attention at a lonely time. However, a hazardous night
crossing through a freezing river and a gruelling assault course keep the men's
minds far from domestic problems.
The company deputise for dustmen
on strike. Chick Henwood has to choose between duty to his men or loyalty to his
family. Tony Wilton's marriage hits a rocky stage putting his boxing career before
his wife and new-born baby. Wilton and his wife celebrate their son's christening.
Freddie Lewis suspects Chick Henwood is having an affair with his wife.
Major Tom Cadman is pitched against a rival officer in the Regiment's inter-company
manoeuvres, he discovers the stakes are far higher than winning the war games.
His arch rival Major 'Dickie' Bird is having an affair with his wife Laura - leaving
Cadman to fight for his honour on the battle field and the home front. Meanwhile,
Laura Cadman faces the biggest decision of her life - to stay with her husband
or to go with the womanising Dickie Bird, who has shown her affection and attention
at a lonely time. However, a hazardous night crossing a freezing river and a gruelling
assault course keep the men's minds far from domestic problems. A large amount
of equipment in the care of Ian Anderson goes missing at the same time that he
wins a commissson into the Intelligence Corps
In 1992 Soldier, Soldier Series II was set in
Hong Kong - with a move in 1993 to New Zealand & Germany for Series III. However,
all this travel didn't stop Jerome from being able to return to England and appear
in the TV drama Between The Lines. His role was the lover of Lesley Vicarage,
who also was a Soldier, Soldier regular, playing 2nd Lieutenant Kate Butler.
Series IV saw the Fusiliers move to Cyprus, with the cast having a
hotel to themselves next to the sea. Jerome took full advantage of the facilities;
swimming, sunbathing and singing old Elvis and Beatles numbers with Robson. To
amuse themselves they decided that, if desperate, they could make an album called
"Ling Along With Rob and Rome".
However, Episode 9 entitled Band of Gold proved a turning
point regarding this. The episode called for Paddy and Tucker to sing at a wedding
reception for their CO, after the band that had been booked failed to turn up.
The only song screened was Unchained Melody, but it was enough to have
viewers wanting more..!
Jerome played the part of Lance Corporal Paddy Garvey - married to Corporal
Nancy Thorpe who was a military police women played by Holly Aird (who had never
charged or arrested anyone!) She was very much in love with the highly unsuitable
Paddy, who once had to serenade her with the song Danny Boy.
The 1994 UK viewing figures
had climbed to 16.1 million - an extraordinary 65% of the viewing share. Series
V was set in Australia, UK & South Africa. By this time both Jerome and Robson
were proving to be popular as individuals rather than just as Paddy and Tucker,
and their attentions turned to other projects. They left the series after appearing
in 41 episodes.
Soldier (Box Set)
Soldier Soldier (Box Set) (Twenty-Three Discs) (DVD) Starring: Robson
Green, Jerome Flynn. Features the complete episodes from all seven series of the
popular television drama which follows the activities of the men of the King's
All The Kings Men
For Better, For Worse
Fun And Games
Old, Something New
Touch Of The Sun
Love Not Money
Over The Top
Loyal To The Corps
Lost And Found
Hide And Seek
The Last Post
Trouble And Strife
The Army Game
Band of Gold
Love and War
Stand By Me
Changing the Ground
Under The Sun
Baptism Of Fire
Twist of Fate
And Tucker Story
Soldier Soldier - The Paddy And Tucker Story(1996) A
compilation of clips from the last ten years of 'Soldier, Soldier' looking at
the story of Paddy and Tucker. Fusilier Dave Tucker and Corporal Paddy Garvey
are television's favourite soldiers in ITVs top-rating and award-winning drama,
Soldier Soldier. This video includes the whole story of Paddy & Tucker (Robson
& Jerome) as they serve for Queen and Country, over the last ten years, the
unforgettable performance of 'Waterloo', Garvey and his Shirley Bassey routine.
Garvey singing 'Danny Boy', Nancy and Garvey's marriages, Tucker impersonating
an officier, the memorable 'Milktray' skit and the infamous performance of 'Unchained
Melody' in it's entirety.
And Nancy Story
Soldier Soldier - The Paddy And Nancy Story(1997) - Relive the ups
and downs in the Garvey's relationship in this video special from the award-winning
TV series Soldier Soldier. Paddy and Nancy have the ultimate on/off marriage they
are made for each other, but are the last to realise it. Hong Kong, Bosnia, Cyprus
and more, will Paddy and Nancy ever get together... and stay together? Who can
forget the scenes when Nancy Garvey made the difficult choice to leave Paddy to
return to London for a sergeant's course. Or the tear-jerking reunion which led
to their re-marriage. Featuring unforgettable renditions of 'Danny Boy' and 'Waterloo',
and presented by the Garvey's close friend Joy Wilton, this video is a must for
all Soldier Soldier fans.