Dennis Watermans forgotten roles – Morecambe and Wise to Just Good Friends link

Fans are remembering the work of Minder and The Sweeney star Dennis Waterman, following his death aged 74 on May 8, 2022.

Famous for his role as Terry McCann in Minder, Dennis played a number of unforgettable characters throughout his career, beginning with his fame as a child actor in TV series Just William.

From there he never left our TV screens, taking on some of the most iconic roles in British TV history – but how many can you remember?

To pay tribute to the late, great Dennis Waterman, Daily Star takes a look back at some of Dennis Waterman's roles away from his Minder, New Tricks and The Sweeney fame.

Just William

Dennis' acting talents were evident from a young age, after the star was given a place with The Royal Shakespeare Company following a role with the Children's Film Foundation.

Aged 13 years old, he landed his first leading role as the titular character in William in the BBC's adaptation of Just William.

Though only six episodes long, the role showcased the start of a brilliant career of the man who would become one of the biggest stars of TV in the decades to follow.

Scars of Dracula

Some of the greatest actors in history have appeared in the Hammer House films – including Dennis Waterman in 1970's Scars Of Dracula.

Starring alongside On Her Majesty's Secret Service star Jenny Hanley, horror legend Christopher Lee and Dr Who star Patrick Troughton, the film became famous as the first to show the groundbreaking scene of Dracula scaling the castle walls.

It also saw Dennis play student lawyer Simon, who goes in pursuit of his brother Paul after he goes missing, only to wind up locked in a battle to destroy Dracula once and for all – with Dennis showing off daring feats of bravery in the process.

The Morecambe and Wise Show

From 1974-1978, Dennis Waterman took on what would become one of his most famous roles, as Detective Sergeant George Carter in The Sweeney, alongside John Thaw.

During this time, he and John also made memorable appearances on BBC's The Morecambe and Wise Show – first in a 1976 Christmas special where Dennis played a Sergeant, and in 1979, where he made another cameo appearance.

If that wasn't all, it was rumoured that John and Dennis originally agreed to appear on the Morecambe and Wise show, as long as the famous comedy duo also made a guest appearance in The Sweeney.

Though this rumour has never been confirmed, Eric and Ernie did indeed appear in a 1978 episode of The Sweeney called Hearts and Minds, in which they ended up being pursued by the duo.

Stay Lucky

In the same year as Dennis' last appearance in Minder, he joined forces with another British TV icon for the comedy series Stay Lucky.

Joining forces with Jan Francis of Just Good Friends fame, Dennis played Thomas Glynn, a man escaping his past life in London, only to bump into a woman called Sally on his way to Yorkshire.

After being invited to take up a job in Leeds, their antics lead the duo into a series of misadventures, with the couple growing closer along the way.

Running for over four years between 1989-1993, the series proved a huge success with audiences – with Dennis going on to land another comedy role during the same time period as well.

On The Up

While starring in Stay Lucky, Dennis also appeared in comedy series On The Up, where he played self-made millionaire Tony Carpenter.

Appearing opposite Judy Buxton, the series also starred some of the giants of comedy including Carry On star Joan Sims and Porridge actor Sam Kelly.

Running from 1990-1992, Dennis' run of singing the theme tunes for his programmes did not stop there, as he also sang the song for the closing credits of On The Up too.

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