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Shelley - Series 1 - Complete [DVD]

Hywel Bennett , Belinda Sinclair    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hywel Bennett, Belinda Sinclair, Josephine Tewson, Warren Clarke, Gillian Taylforth
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,466 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Hywel Bennet stars as Shelley, the depressed drifter who courts calamity in this popular TV series. Episodes are: 'Moving In', 'The Nelson Touch', 'Gainfully Employed' and 'The Distaff Side'.

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Uncut, SYNOPSIS: James Shelley is highly educated and has a PhD in geography. He is also unemployed and has no intention of working. He lives with his girlfriend Fran in a bedsit at the home of Mrs. Hawkins (known as Mrs. H) and the series follows his mis-adventures as he ducks, dodges and tries as hard as possible not to be caught up in Thatcher's Britain! Episodes comprise: 1. Moving In 2. The Nelson Touch 3. Gainfully Employed 4. The Distaff Side SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...Shelley - Complete Season 1 ( Shelley - Complete First Series ) ( Shelley - Complete Season One )

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated classic and misunderstood sitcom 10 July 2007
A lot of people might not have heard of Shelley, this is one of my personal favourite sitcoms ever and definitely in my all time British sitcom top ten. I first used to watch this on ITV in the early 1990's and absolutely loved it but it wasn't any of the early series, I was far too young when these were first aired, no it was the later series called The Return Of Shelley where he is separated and lives on his own.

I was so pleased when I discovered that these were being released on DVD as I could finally watch this properly from the beginning. Although I don't really know much about Hywel Bennett who plays the part of Shelley, I can honestly say that he plays this part brilliantly and I personally think that he and this sitcom are very underrated. Just in case you have never heard of this sitcom, to put it simply this is about an unemployed university graduate (this in itself might put some people off) called James Shelley who refuses to work (although it is not that simple and he does have his own reasons of which I am not going to say) and so we get to see his regular visits to the jobcentre to sign on and cleverly avoid the question by some people of what he does for a living but after seventy four continuous weeks of being on the dole, things are about to change, or are they?. The way in which he can say something to someone and it sometimes takes them about five minutes to realise what he has just said is truly hilarious.

I would rather watch one episode of this over and over again than a thousand episodes of for example My Family as I find most modern sitcoms as bland as bread and water. If you like sitcoms that focus on lead characters who are charming, witty, clever, intelligent and sarcastic and not focus on sons and daughters first dates or exam results etc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh how I long for this sort of sit-com again 29 Sep 2010
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One of the best sit-coms of our time with superb acting from the very talented Hywel Bennett, from an era when sit-coms were actually funny!!
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love on the dole - with a Phd! 28 July 2007
'Shelley' boasted some of the best comedy writing television has ever broadcast ( by Peter Tilbury, initially ), a laconic performance by Hywel Bennett as the bone-idle philosopher 'James Shelley', a haunting signature tune by the late Ron Grainer, and a supporting cast which included the ever-reliable Josephine Tewson.

If anyone found it 'unfunny' and 'boring', surely that's their fault, not the show's. It ran for the best part of a decade, so they are clearly in a minority. Comparisons with 'Robin's Nest' are pathetic. The two have nothing in common.

The timing of 'Shelley' was perfect as, thanks to Margaret Thatcher, unemployment reached unacceptably high levels in the early '80's. The character, though out of work by choice, served as a wry social commentator. He gave as good as he got. Many of the show's best moments featured him standing up to the pompous, rude D.H.S.S. ( as the D.W.P. was called then ) staff, one of whom was played by Kenneth Cope of 'Randall & Hopkirk ( Deceased ) fame.

The D.V.D. release reminds us just how good Thames Television was at making sitcoms, until they lost their franchise in the early '90's, thanks to ( surprise, surprise ) Margaret Thatcher. That woman has a lot to answer for.

I would advise the two complainants to give this a wide berth and go for something more on their intellectual level, such as 'The Best Of Chuckle Vision'.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Hywel Bennett who is all these years on is still best known for his role as the lovable self confessed lay about James Shelley. Shelley is a very clever and well educated man but he just hates work and the whole ideal of capitalism. So in every episode he's off down the job centre to collect his giro from the bored looking official. He lives in a rented flat with his long suffering and also unemployed girlfriend Fran. In the middle of the series she announces that's she is pregnant forcing Shelley to get a real job. Hywel dead pan's his lines with great comedic effect baffling others with his intelligent wit and general bone idleness !. This series ran for a stunning 11 series until the early 1990's which was no mean feat. This series is a great buy and is very much a 'product' of the 1980's and the Thatcher era and still very funny to watch.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy 4 Jun 2007
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Funny; literate; insightful; and a little naughty, at times, thank goodness. Also, a great confirmation, to me, of why, by-and-large, I totally ignore all modern so-called comedies; a view which should be seen to be not just the promptings of nostalgia by one who's waited so very, very long for this release. Ostensibly simple-minded, and funny in places for it, it also has a gentle, caustic prod at most things deemed to be the enemy by a free-thinker, with no swearing, which may prove, perversely, to be in itself, gratuitous to some to-day.
Oh, and Belinda Sinclair, of course, an early crush..; Belinda, if you read this, where are you now? If not with Shelley, please let me know ! I'll be watching this space.
Heath St John.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
How those 2 reviewers at the bottom can call this rubbish just goes to show why todays comedy is absolute crap- i bet half the younger generation would think this not funny - they obviously don't
understand wit or classic comedy-
shelley is absolute genius, the character is intelligent and my favourite sort of 'dry' humour plus anything with hywel bennett is always great!
five stars !!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Peter Tinniswood stuff
Lacks the sharp wit of series such as "I didn't know you cared". Don't know why it ran for so long.
Published 2 months ago by ROCA
5.0 out of 5 stars Shelley is great
I remember Shelley well from my youth, it is very funny, taking a stab at society and authorities, whilst seeing how life was and learning about what one has to do to make changes... Read more
Published 10 months ago by MRS R SIMPSON
4.0 out of 5 stars SHELLEY FOR PM !
Laughs a plenty on this dvd of the well received tv series.
Hywell Bennett is Shelley,an educated but workshy but loveable
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Published 11 months ago by Mr. D. R. Swindells
5.0 out of 5 stars laugh
arrived in perfect condition and brought back many memories and laughs to an ageing man.
Published on 19 Aug 2010 by marley
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Shelly promised so much on the tin but lazily descends into the predictable ITV comedy by numbers assembly fodder. Read more
Published on 7 July 2010 by One view
5.0 out of 5 stars Shelley - season ONE
I have been waiting a long time to get around to buying this - I remember it from a long time ago - the cast have fun with a cynic script with depan deliveries - a sad time perhaps... Read more
Published on 18 April 2009 by Terry T
1.0 out of 5 stars unspeakable middle-aged bore-a-thon
I am seriously concerned for the mental well-being of my fellow reviewers regarding this item. Maybe there were two 70s sitcoms (I use that it in its broadest possible sense)... Read more
Published on 17 July 2007 by doonjaiasi
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