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John Shuttleworth - 500 Bus Stops [DVD]

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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Voiceprint
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009YVBWS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,425 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shuttleworth Gets The Runs 27 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Classic, uniquely British, anti-hero comedy. Brilliant observationist work, in a "video-diary" style, sharing the trials and tribulations of life on the road for a 50-something never-was rock god. Beautifully and sympathetically portrayed by Graham Fellowes, this is a must-have antidote to over-produced, sugary and formulaic US sit-coms. Made me want to listen to Jake Thackray songs and watch The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. Imagine Phil Oakey aged 60 and still touring libraries and non-events doing solo renditions of "Don't you want me baby?" and you get the idea. Buy it and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Shuttleworth 26 Sep 2005
By A Customer
John Shuttle worth is the character created by musician Graham Fellows who has also on occasion been known as Jilted John best remembered for his massive hit in the seventies Jilted John.
John Shuttleworth is a completely different kettle of fish. A fifty something unemployed man living in Sheffield who is fond of DIY and writing songs on his Yamaha keyboard which are inspired by his life.
500 Bus Stops is a DVD that documents John's National Rock Tour taking in significant venues across the UK including the first stop on the tour Bakewell Library.
During the course of this visual document John also has to suffer the rigours of life on the road. Accompanied by his manager he first of all has to use public transport in the form of public buses and coaches as his car breaks down. Hence the title of the film 500 Bus Stops.
During the course of the tour John performs in a freezer centre, to a group of boy scouts in a field and a benefit concert in aid of the environment in a cave in the Peak District. During his time off stage John also has the time to share his unique view on life with the camera.
500 Bus Stops was a series initially broadcast on Television in the UK and as such was well received and its release on DVD will certainly find favour with fans of the series and of course fans of the unique talent of John Shuttleworth.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant DVD 7 Aug 2005
By A Customer
If you like down to Earth Comedy and strange charecters with squeaky voices who can't appear on tv because they lost new faces in 1973, then this is the DVD for you. The DVD features all four episodes, which see the middle aged John Shuttleworth (A.K.A Graham Fellows A.K.A Jilted John) go on a Four day Rockumentry with his next door neighbour and manager Ken Worthington trying to make it big in the rock world. The Special features include a trailer for Johns new film 'Its Nice Up North' and many more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spread the word all around 9 Oct 2007
By S. Bentley VINE VOICE
To reiterate what everyone else is saying:

500 Bus stops is brilliant. Originally shown on BBC2 at a ridiculously late hour, this is the story of what happens when John Shuttleworth sets out to a gig at a library booked for him by his agent Ken. John is a bit like Don Quixote, in that he finds himself believing that he is chartbound and that clarinet-playing, panatella-smoking, malibu-drinking, ex-New Faces runner-up Ken is the man to get him there. Even despite Ken selling off John's broken down car at one point. The extreme bathos that finds him performing on his Yamaha in a freezer shop is exquisite.

An example of John's lyrics would be "Eggs and Gammon/Poor Rhiannon/Ken's bad wind" or "Pigeons in flight/I want to see you tonight/And maybe show you some things you would like"...

The pace is gentle and I think being a northerner may help in your appreciation, although anyone from lower middle class suburbia should get it too. The humour comes from the wonderfully observed characters and the parody of rock star's video diaries. Ken never appears on screen, due to the logistics issue of being played by Graham, just as John is, but this adds to the humour. But best of all it has heart.

I think it fits in a continuum with Peter Kay's stuff, Alan Plater's Beiderbecke trilogy and Roy Clarke's better work on Open All Hours and Last of the Summer Wine. Highly recommended. Especially for the song "Eggs and Gammon".
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