John Shuttleworth In Southern Softies
Spoof documentary fronted by John Shuttleworth, in a follow-up to It's Nice Up North
John Shuttleworth, the versatile singer/organist from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, makes a welcome return to Sky Arts following on from the success of his epic quest to discover whether Northerners are more friendly in It's Nice Up North.
The burning question in 2009's Southern Softies is "Are southerners soft?", and Shuttleworth fires up hid trusty Austin Ambassador Y-reg and heads to Jersey on a £50 budget to find out whether it really is 'Arctic gales' which make 'northern folk as hard as nails', as his song suggests.
With all his usual shambolic charisma, Shuttleworth sings the praises of crab paste, attempts to communicate with a German exchange student, accidentally walks through a marching band at a country fair, heads to a DIY store to mend his glasses (unaware that there's a Specsavers around the corner) and performs to a highly bemused audience in a hotel nightclub on his portable keyboard.
Whimsical and endearing, Graham Fellows's nerdish alter-ego comes to few conclusions during his quest to the Channel Islands, but makes many witty observations about love, life and cinema on the way.
- First broadcast
- Friday 2nd July 2010 on Sky Arts at 10:35pm
- Episode length
- 85 minutes
- Last repeat
- Saturday 3rd March 2012 at 12:40pm