The title, "Jam and Jerusalem," specifically refers to the hymn "Jerusalem", which is a hallmark of women's clubs in the UK and is traditionally sung during each meeting. The title also refers to the idea that these women's groups have discussions about domestic topics, such jam-making. As these references are largely unknown in the U.S., the title was changed to "Clatterford" to make the series more relevant to American audiences.
Ten women from the North Tawton WI appear in the series. The production company did a pilot in October 2005 then returned to film the series in autumn 2006. The filming took place in the real meeting hall.
During the funeral scenes the extras were trying to be serious, but Joanna Lumley was playing the organ very badly and it was hard to stifle the giggles.