Comedy series about the life of James Shelley who is unemployed and has no inclination to get a job despite being articulate and well educated.
Genre: Sitcom Year: 1979-92
Hywel Bennett as James Shelley
Belinda Sinclair as Frances Smith/Shelley
Josephine Tewson as Edna Hawkins
Frederick Jaeger as Gordon Smith
Sylvia Kay as Isobel Shelley
Warren Clarke as Paul England
Garfield Morgan as Desmond
Caroline Langrishe as Carol
Andrew Castell as Graham
Stephen Hoye as Phil
David Ryall as Ted Bishop
James Grout as George
Kenneth Cope (Randall and Hopkirk), Gillian Taylforth (Eastenders), Leslie Ash (Men Behaving Badly) and Max Wall (comedian).
Shelley Fan Tributes
6 Eddie from Australia: My favorite episode is the one where Shelly meets a nutter in a Cafe and tries to explain the big bang theory to him plus his wife doing here exercises and the nutter gets it all mixed up telling Shelly's Landlady all about his wife having a big bang on the kitchen table.
5 jim from australia: the classic line "a lot of people have compared jeffery archer to shakespere... I agree, neither have written anything worthwhile for the last one hundred years"
4 Alison Davies from Worksop Nottinghamshire: I just loved this show and have been a fan of Hywel's for many years - a great great actor who in my opinion is completely wasting his talents in Eastenders at the moment....
3 David G.Barron from Newport: It has to be the moment in second best man when Shelley, Ted and Phil are discussing Phil's lying and Shelley comes out with the line about Margaret Thatcher's lying, and if her nose grew with every line, there already would be a Channel Tunnel.
it just the look on their faces when shelley said it, and they had to contain themselves to carry on in the scene.
2 David G.Barron from Newport: It has to be the moment in second best man when Shelley, Ted and Phil are discussing Phil's lying and Shelley comes out with the line about Margaret Thatcher's lying, and if her nose grew with every line, there already would be a channel tunnel.
it just the look on their faces when Shelley said it, and they had to contain themselves to carry on in the scene.
1 Steve Shelley from Telford: Need you ask? At the time it was really cool to share the same surname as this character
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