James Shelley, an educated, sardonic, permanently unemployed "professional freelance layabout," has many battles with authority, the tax-man, his landlady and his girlfriend Fran.

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Peter Tilbury
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Hywel Bennett ...  James Shelley 39 episodes, 1979-1984
Belinda Sinclair Belinda Sinclair ...  Fran 29 episodes, 1979-1984
Josephine Tewson ...  Mrs. Hawkins 23 episodes, 1979-1982
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James Shelley, an educated, sardonic, permanently unemployed "professional freelance layabout," has many battles with authority, the tax-man, his landlady and his girlfriend Fran.

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

12 July 1979 (UK) See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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Runtime:

(39 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The first series broadcast in Summer,1979 comprised of just four epiodes although seven were made. The final three episodes were not shown due to an itv technician's strike and instead where shown at the beginning of series two in 1980. See more »

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Followed by The Return of Shelley (1988) See more »

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Timeless classic
8 August 2019 | by peterrichboySee all my reviews

I just by chance stumbled across an old episode of Shelly on forces TV. And watched it just to see if it was as good as I remember it. I was 15 when Shelly first aired and the razor sharp script and Hywell Bennett's dead pan sarcastic delivery for me makes it one of the most underrated shows of all time.. This show was ahead of it's time it was almost too good to be classed as a sit com Peter Tilburys writing is a masterclass in comedic writing whilst Bennett delivers the gags and one liners with immaculate comic timing. I wonder if Ricky Gervais ever watched Shelly as his shows remind me of Shelley's sarcastic wit. Was the show as good as I remember it? Yes it was and more.


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