One Foot In The Gravy - In The Press

The poet laureate of parochialism and the mundane, John Shuttleworth is on fine form with this show from 2001. Fans of the Radio 4 presenter and retired security guard are in for a treat with his analysis of impending disasters. Of course, while it could be a catalogue of misery, Shuttleworth habitually celebrates minor triumphs and finds the remarkable in the routine. If flooding does affect his Sheffield home, he has absolute certainty that he'll be able to use the car port as a jetty. And if things did go really wrong, he'd be happy to go caravanning. If, like Shuttleworth, you're amazed by the convenience of contemporary living, you'll find yourself agreeing with his tributes to fleeces and comfy footwear and singing along to his ode to the carvery, "Mary had a little lamb, green beans and new potatoes." Few performers have been able to wring such depths of emotion from a portable Yamaha electronic organ as Shuttleworth. Graham Fellows's character is true one-off.

Geoff Ellis, Radio Times, 4th June 2011