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Shillingbury Tales (1981)

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Shillingbury Tales (1981)

ATV / 6×60 minutes / 1981 17 May – 21 June Sundays 7.15pm

Writer: Francis Essex Producer: Criag Smith Director: Val Guest

Comedy drama series. Spin off from The Shillingbury Blowers with the series opening out to concentrate more on village life. There was also a further spin off called Cuffy.

cast
Peter Higgins……………………………… ROBIN NEDWELL
Sally Higgins……………………………… DIANE KEEN
Cuffy………………………………………… BERNARD CRIBBINS
Mandy……………………………………… LINDA HAYDEN
Major Langton……………………………. LIONEL JEFFRIES
Harvey……………………………………… JOE BLACK
Rev Norris…………………………………. NIGEL LAMBERT
Jake………………………………………… JACK DOUGLAS
Marjorie Cavendish……………………… MONA WASHBOURNE

<plot>Shillingbury Tales was a British television sitcom comedy-drama series made by ATV for ITV and broadcast 1980-81.

Comprising a single feature length pilot and six one-hour episodes, the series deals with life in an idealised fictional English village and stars Robin Nedwell, Diane Keen, Nigel Lambert, Jack Douglas, John Le Mesurier, Bernard Cribbins and Trevor Howard.

It was preceded by a feature length pilot episode The Shillingbury Blowers starring Trevor Howard, broadcast 6 January 1980

The series was written by Francis Essex and directed by Val Guest. Unusually for a British situation-comedy at that time it was recorded entirely on location on 16mm film and consequently there was no laughter track. Much of the filming took place in the village of Aldbury in Hertfordshire.

The show ended when ATV lost their licence to broadcast and their replacement Central declined to continue production of the series. The series was broadcast in a number of countries around Europe. </plot>

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