Well I finished all of Shelley. Including The Return of Shelley. Overall a fairly decent show, one which evolved as it continued. Out of Shelley's 'sparring' partners I probably liked Carol and Graham best. The yuppies. The worst, probably Garfield Morgan's 'Desmond'.
By the end the concept had completely changed and it probably could've continued. Though with the introduction of Ted, having two anti-establishment Shelleys for the price of one meant it was tricky to turn around or keep going.
It's a shame some of the past characters didn't reappear in the latter episodes, for a cameo or something. At the very least Fran & Emma.
Overall it's quite a sad tale, undoubtedly funny, but sad in many ways. With Shelley's unhappiness at Fran leaving him and him seemingly being doomed to drudgery and failure brought about by his own laziness and need to mock conformity.... You'd kinda like to see Shelley win out once, get a fulfilling job or something, but you know that's not gonna happen.
I watched the first three episodes of the first series last night on Forces TV and thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing and gags are really superb, although some do make you think before you get it. Bennett is just superb in the part and bring the lines to life, but he is abily assisted by a strong supporting cast with Belinda Sinclair as 'Fran' and Josephine Tewson, as 'Mrs H'.
Possibly the first time I had seen these since watching on UK Gold back in the very early 90s and have to say was very impressed. This series doesn't get anywhere near the level of recognition it deserves, which I suspect is all down to the fact the character is anti establishment, we actually need a character like him on our screens now making light of the political situation.
I thought Kenneth Cope was really good in his part as the DHSS clerk and also a very young Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) in the first episode also and looking very good, but then she still does in her 60s.