- "It's just another fabulous days in Wellington Wells."
- — Uncle Jack in his show
Jack Worthing, mostly known by his stage name Uncle Jack, is a comedian, TV and radio host of the Wellington Wells broadcasting services in We Happy Few. He is viewed as the "smiling face" of Wellington Wells by the general population.
Few remember Jack's past. Jack Worthing was the former lead actor of the Will Kemp Traveling Players. During the German occupation, Jack was the voice of the German Occupational Authority. He accompanied his daughter, Margaret, in her lead of the 1946 Battle of Flowers as Junior Field Commander. When the Germans took kids for the Authority, he attempted to hide Margaret, but Ollie Starkey ratted them out and she was shot in her efforts to escape. Jack usually avoids anything that can remind him of her out of grief. After the 'Victory' over the Germans, it is stated that Jack was arrested and later released to become the smiling face of Wellington Wells.
After the Occupation, Jack became host to the Wellington Wells Broadcasting Services to cheer up the city's inhabitants. He is broadcast everywhere in the city. His many shows were created to make Wellies laugh, smile, and to reassure them. In his role, he tackles crises such as the food shortage in the city by "reminding" people that sawdust really is a very filling substitute for bread. Finally, he goes insane and (possibly) becomes a serial killer.
Events of We Happy Few Edit
Throughout all of the acts, Jack is an omnipresent figure through random television sets, newspaper articles, and random conversations about his "latest" episode. In Arthur's story, the O Courant writes in its final article (among other things) that the recent airings of Jack's show are in fact reruns, which most likely means something bad has happened to Jack.
In act III, a lost tape is discovered by Ollie that shows Jack attempted to create a broadcast to tell the people about the food shortage and get them to stop taking their Joy, but he grabs a cricket bat and goes beserk, repeating over and over again "We've come to the end of our time!" while smashing things, finally Jack then approaches the camera, leering into it as he repeats the phrase one last time, and smashes the camera. Ollie then broadcasts the tape to all of Wellington Wells.
Jack's personality, or rather the "face" that he wears on television is a bright, cheery, and slightly menacing persona. He will spin bad news stories into positive ones with relative ease, and will address people with light teasing and humor. He frequently laughs, jokes, and smiles, trying to make people look on the bright side of things.
However, the side that Jack has been trying to suppress is sullen, grim, and overall depressed. Ever since his latest dosage of Joy (which appears to be "bad"), he starts to remember things, talking nostalgically about his daughter, losing himself in thought. As more memories return, he begins to lose himself to madness, managing to get out the truth before completely snapping, and possibly going on a rampage with his cricket bat.
- Uncle Jack is portrayed by Canadian-Irish actor Julian Casey.
- Jack became such an influential figure for Wellington Wells that Wellies and even Wastrels worship him and his shows. As such, speakers continue transmitting his shows in the Garden District.
- In a trailer, he ratted out Arthur as a Downer and the Wellies attack him on his command.
- He is never actually met in person in the game.
- Jack may have gone crazy due to the "bad batch of Joy" plaguing Wellington Wells, causing people to turn into Wastrels and Downers.
- You can actually collect Uncle Jack's shows by simply looking directly at any Telly (TV) in Hamlyn Village, the collected show (episodes) can be accessed at the "Theatre" in the main menu.
- Jack is associated with Wellington Wells' urban legend, "Foggy Jack." Witnesses claimed to have seen a man looking like Jack, killing people in the fog while quoting the comedian's show.
- This is possibly the actual Jack Worthing himself, as he went crazy after his final broadcast and disappeared (or may have been losing it before that).
- Foggy Jack's existence is also mentioned in the O Courant's final issue.
- At the end of his episodes Uncle Jack always ends it with the line, "I'm afraid we've come to the end of our time." (Referring to time available for broadcasting.) this line reappears often, a lot of times in the context of insanity, like when it is muttered repeatedly by Theodore Miner at the very start of Act I.