Saturday, 14 May 2016
First viewed : Uncertain
This is another one that I only occasionally dipped into with little idea of when that was.
It seems strange that, so soon after the disaster that was Chalk and Cheese , ITV would launch another sitcom with a similar premise. Shelley ( Hywel Bennett with the character's surname perhaps a jokey reference to his appearance in the Percy films ) is a layabout who can't find a use for his geography PhD and so sits around taking apart his friends' lifestyles with his sarcastic wit and remedying the world's problems from his armchair.
In reality of course, such a person would have no friends at all and be a shabby figure in the corner of a library somewhere but scriptwriter Peter Tilbury and his successors kept it going for five years until 1984 then, after a sabbatical, for another four years up to 1992.