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.

Series 4, Episode 1 is repeated on Radio 4 Extra today at 2:45pm.

Press Clippings

Radio Times poll of best radio comedies

Radio 4 panel show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue has come top of a Radio Times list of the greatest radio comedy shows.

British Comedy Guide, 17th November 2020

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2019 shortlist

60 TV and radio programmes have been shortlisted across 10 categories for the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2019. Voting is now open to determine the winners.

British Comedy Guide, 13th January 2020

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2018 shortlist

The shortlisted TV and radio shows for the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2018 have been announced. 60 programmes are now in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title.

British Comedy Guide, 21st January 2019

BBC Radio reveals Christmas 2018 comedy highlights

BBC Radio has revealed its 2018 Christmas comedy highlights. The Shuttleworths and Party will return, there's the 50th episode of Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!, and more.

British Comedy Guide, 22nd November 2018

BBC Sounds launch opens up Radio 4 comedy archive

BBC Radio Player has been replaced with BBC Sounds. The website and app will offer over 80,000 hours of content, including the chance to re-listen to many comedy shows made by Radio 4.

British Comedy Guide, 30th October 2018

The 20 funniest radio comedies of all time

Before Radio 1's first run of new shows kicks off next month, here we count down the 20 greatest scripted radio comedies ever to hit the airwaves

Ben Lawrence, Tristram Fane Saunders & Mark Monahan, The Telegraph, 25th January 2018

Interview: John Shuttleworth, comedian, musician

Jilted John stopped Graham Fellows playing Hamlet! That's the claim being made by the 51-year-old master of character comedy best known as Radio 4 favourite and Sheffield's finest synthesizer player and twaddle talker, John Shuttleworth.

Liam Rudden, The Scotsman, 10th March 2011

On The Shuttleworths (Radio 4, Wednesday) John watched Mary buy a toaster on eBay. In Shuttleworth world this is enough of an event to inspire several songs, a sleepless night and deep reflection on crumb trays. In Reynolds world this 15 minutes was just what a person, numbed by frantic months of pre-election on-the-hour-every-hour speculation, second guessing and mistaken assumption, truly needed.

Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph, 18th May 2010

A London School of Economics study reported last week that the key to a happy marriage is sharing the household chores. In which case, The Shuttleworths must be the happiest couple in radioland and certainly the most whimsically funny.

Returning for a new series, John Shuttleworth's focus of interest is, as ever, the domestic arena and he rarely strays further than next door where his useless, parochial agent Ken Worthington (and, oh, they do exist) lives.

Graham Fellows plays all the characters superbly, caressing the vocal range from falsetto to soprano, embracing personality traits from studied patience (Mary) to shiftily incompetent (Ken). But it is John, with his musical elegies to the trivial and his beadily obsessive eye for commonplace detail, who knits this community together. His first song is a lament to broadcasters who fail to give the www opening to a website address - "They might have changed it to yyy," he reasonably opines in his nasal singing voice. He is a magnificent everyman, the hero of his own daily life. I can imagine that if Mary was struck down by a debilititating illness, John would find both tragedy and triumph as he rustled up a bowl of soup or plumped up her pillows.

Moira Petty, The Stage, 17th May 2010