The Shuttleworths. John Shuttleworth (Graham Fellows). Copyright: BBC.

The Shuttleworths

BBC Radio 4 sitcom about a singer-songwriter. 46 episodes (5 series), 1993 - 2019. Stars Graham Fellows.

The Shuttleworths. John Shuttleworth (Graham Fellows). Copyright: BBC.

The Shuttleworths

Musings from John Shuttleworth as we eavesdrop on the semi-detached world of the Sheffield based singer and songwriter

1993 - 2019
BBC Radio 4
46   (5 series), plus 9 other episodes
Graham Fellows
Graham Fellows
Dawn Ellis

Radio sitcom in which all parts are voiced by comedian Graham Fellows.

John Shuttleworth, Sheffield's favourite singer-songwriter, takes to the airwaves with his electronic keyboard, wife Mary, and next door neighbour (and sole agent) Ken Worthington in tow.

The fifteen minute episode are based "Sheffield's number one singer-songwriter" as he gives his thoughts on everyday life, and performs ditties on his keyboard.

In the latest series, as well as an internet toaster saga, John's adventures included writing a song for Lady Ga Ga (but only if he can get all his DIY duties done to Mary's satisfaction first); taking his first trip to an Indian restaurant for a curry after sampling Ken's naan bread; trying to help Ken get his washing off the line before the rain starts; taking up on the offer of an unpaid gig - but only because he has the promise of his own designated parking space; and celebrating a milestone birthday with a picnic. Mary's friend Joan Chitty makes an appearance in this series, as does John's nemesis: salesman Peter Cornelius.

In addition to five series of The Shuttleworths, there has also been two series of Radio Shuttleworth, in which John invited guests into his home; plus a series of John Shuttleworth's Open Mind, in which the musician investigated five unsolved phenomena.

Production Details

Production companies
Also known as
  • John Shuttleworth's Open Mind (Other official name)
  • Radio Shuttleworth
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 11th October 1993 on BBC Radio 4
Last new broadcast
Sunday 22nd December 2019 on BBC Radio 4 at 7:15pm
Last repeat
Friday 23rd July 2021 at 11:15pm on Radio 4 Extra

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