WE'RE STILL HOT STUFF; Robson and Jerome are getting into the swing of things for a new comedy, writes JOHN MILLAR.
But the duo are still making sweet music together.
The nation's most famous squaddies have been reunited for the new comedy Ain't Misbehavin'.
And they've got into the swing of things with the golden oldie sounds of Glenn Miller.
The former Soldier Soldier pals say their new three-part ITV series, set in wartime Britain, is a mix of comedy, gangsters, big band music and a tribute to movies such as Some Like It Hot.
The duo play members of a swinging band. Robson plays double bass - which was actually his instrument at school - while Jerome tackles the saxophone.
And Jerome said: "I took some lessons so I might look as though I know what I'm doing."
The idea for the series grew after Robson and Jerome became a pop phenomenon, with seven platinum discs to their credit.
Robson said: "I have always loved the music from the 40s and it seemed the right time to rediscover that."
And he revealed that after quitting Soldier, Soldier, he'd spent part of an idyllic Mayalsian holiday with his wife Alison, reliving the golden days of swing.
He said: "I listened non-stop to Glenn Miller's music and picked some numbers I thought would be right for this."
Though they are hitting the high notes again, Robson and Jerome won't make any more records.
And that's sweet music for at least one of Robson's old friends.
He laughed: "This mate is very straight talking. After our records came out, he told me `Robson, I love you, but that music didn't half hurt my ears'."
Amazingly, given their incredible popularity, this Robson and Jerome TV series has been waiting more than a year for an ITV slot. Telly bosses were concerned about over- kill thanks to Robson's recent appearances in the hit ITV dramas, Reckless and Touching Evil.
There's no sign of the Robson roller-coaster slowing. He's soon to be seen in the BBC romantic comedy, Student Prince, as a royal bodyguard.
And he's teaming up with Francesca Annis for a two-hour, what-happened- next sequel to Reckless.
All this was threatened, though, by a nasty moment during the filming of Ain't Misbehavin' when Jerome had to drive Robson along in a vintage 500cc Norton motorcycle combination.
The bike shot out of control and finished on the edge of six-feet drop at a riverbank.
Robson said: "We had to look scared in that scene - no acting was required."
The stars are joined by an impressive cast, including Warren Mitchell, George Melly, Julia Sawalha, Jim Carter, Graham Stark and Braveheart's James Cosmo.
And Robson revealed: "James Cosmo is a great guy. I once did an episode of Casualty with him.
"But he was terrifying in a scene when he smashed about five chairs.
"Jimmy was so fearsome I thought that, though we might be doing a homage to Some Like It Hot, he was doing The Jimmy Boyle story."
This series is the first we have seen of Jerome Flynn on screen for a while after he took a break from showbiz.
Jerome said: "I decided to get off the circus for a bit and not take any acting work to give myself some breathing space.
"Life is more important to me than workm but I'm grateful that work has allowed me the freedom to do other things."
ITV, Monday, 9.00pm
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jul 26, 1997|
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