Shelley. James Shelley (Hywel Bennett). Copyright: Thames Television
Shelley

Shelley

  • TV sitcom
  • ITV
  • 1979 - 1992
  • 71 episodes (10 series)

Highly intelligent but inherently lazy, Shelley is one of life's constant philosophers, never quite achieving a stable life. Stars Hywel Bennett, Belinda Sinclair and Josephine Tewson.

Shelley. Image shows from L to R: James Shelley (Hywel Bennett), Frances Smith/Shelley (Belinda Sinclair). Copyright: Thames Television

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1979 - 1992
Channels
ITV
Episodes
71 (10 series)
Creator
Peter Tilbury
Stars
Hywel Bennett, Belinda Sinclair and Josephine Tewson
Writer
Peter Tilbury
Companies

James Shelley is highly educated and has a PhD in geography; he's bright, will philosophise for hours, and can turn his mind to almost anything. He is also unemployed and has no intention of working.

Living with his girlfriend Fran in a bedsit at the home of Mrs. Hawkins (known as Mrs. H), the series follows his misadventures as he ducks, dodges and tries as hard as possible not to be caught up in Thatcher's Britain - or at very least, just to continue to avoid working.

Additional details

Also known as
  • The Return Of Shelley (Series 7 - 9)
Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 12th July 1979 at 9:30pm on ITV
Most recent repeats
  • Saturday 10th August 2019 at 2:30am on Forces TV - Series 1, Episode 6
  • Saturday 10th August 2019 at 2:00am on Forces TV - Series 1, Episode 5
  • Friday 9th August 2019 at 11:30pm on Forces TV - Series 1, Episode 6

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