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Shelley – The Complete Fourth Series (Network U.K./Region Two/2/PAL DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Episodes: C



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Two/2/PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Network U.K. at the website address provided at the end of the review.



A bizarre hit for six seasons between 1979 – 1983, Hywel Bennett is the lazy, do-nothing husband Shelley, where he does everything to avoid work and the early Thatcher/Neo-Conservative era somehow made this last longer than it otherwise should have.  Was it because it was the opposite of those who really needed jobs and were suffering, therefore, they liked the character and found this funny?  The cast is good, but the six half-hour episodes here did not make me laugh once, though I was surprised to see an unemployment office in this latter season.


U.S. viewers would skip it with the usual “I don’t understand British humor” excuse, but this writer does and had never seen or heard of the show until recently.  While I was not amused, its success was definitely a reflection of how viewers were toughing out an unfortunate economic era that only collapsed in 2009.  That likely makes it an interesting revisit for those who saw it in its first broadcasts.  Others should start from the beginning or skip it altogether.  Brenda Sinclair also stars.


The 1.33 X 1 color PAL image is a bit on the soft side throughout, looking a bit softer for its age than it should be despite an otherwise good transfer of what is midway color PAL material.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also an issue with lower volume levels, harmonic distortion and sonic limits TV audio at the time (especially for videotaped shows) that TV on both sides of the Atlantic suffered.  There are no extras.



As noted above, you can order this PAL DVD import exclusively from Network U.K. at:









-   Nicholas Sheffo


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