Paul Shane

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Not to be confused with Paul McShane.
Paul Shane
Paul Shane.jpg
Shane in July 2011.
Born George Frederick Speight
(1940-06-19)19 June 1940
Thrybergh, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died 16 May 2013(2013-05-16) (aged 72)
Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1972–2013
Spouse(s) Dory Shane
Children 3 Daughters

Paul Shane (19 June 1940 – 16 May 2013) was an English comedian and actor, known for television work, in particular playing Ted Bovis in Hi-de-Hi! a sitcom on the BBC in the mid 1980s.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Shane was born George Frederick Speight in Thrybergh, West Riding of Yorkshire, near Rotherham.[2] He was a miner at Silverwood Colliery but slipped on soap in the pit-head baths in 1967, resulting in double herniated discs. He was pensioned from the pit at 27. Two years later, he became a professional entertainer since he already had ten years experience as a part-time entertainer around the pubs and clubs in South Yorkshire.[citation needed]

His first appearance, as a straight singer, was at the Grafton pub (now demolished) on St. Ann's Road, Rotherham. His first club booking was at St Ann's Club in Rotherham, for 30 shillings (£1.50). His transformation from singer to comedian was gradual, starting with his rendition of Green Green Grass of Home, straight at first, but ultimately a send-up of Tom Jones, which marked the start of the Paul Shane act.[citation needed]


Small parts and guest appearances in television series began throughout the 1970s, and, in May 1979, comedy writer Jimmy Perry spotted Shane playing Frank Roper in a 1979 episode of Coronation Street, and offered him the part of Ted Bovis in his new holiday-camp sitcom, Hi-de-Hi!. The series ran from 1980 until 1988, when Perry and co-writer David Croft wrote the pilot of You Rang, M'Lord? and invited Shane to play Alf Stokes. The show ran until 1993. In 1991, Shane was given his own series, Very Big, Very Soon, but it ended after one series.[citation needed]

Later career[edit]

Between 1995 and 1997, he played Jack Skinner in two series of Oh, Doctor Beeching!. Subsequently, he appeared most frequently in theatre, but also in the television series, Holby City and Emmerdale.

Shane's "cringe-inducing" performance of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" on Pebble Mill at One in 1996 was voted 72nd funniest moment on British television in a poll on Channel 4 in 2004.[3]

Shane also appeared in variety theatre in venues such as Blackpool in 2006,[4] and in pantomime in Jack and the Beanstalk in 2008.[5] In 2008, he was in an episode of the ITV drama series, A Touch of Frost, playing boatsman "Diesel Bob".

Personal life[edit]

Shane was married to Dory, who died in 2001.[6] They had three daughters.[2]


In May 2009, he was admitted to Sheffield Northern General Hospital for a heart operation, and made a recovery.[7]


Shane died at a hospice in Rotherham on 16 May 2013 after a short period of ill health, aged 72. His three daughters and six grandchildren survive him.[8] His funeral was at Rotherham Minster and attended by colleagues from his Hi-de-Hi! days.

Television roles[edit]


Year Title Role
1979–1980 Turtle's Progress Mashcan
19801988 Hi-de-Hi! Ted Bovis
19881993 You Rang, M'Lord? Alf Stokes
1991 Very Big Very Soon Harry James
1995–1997 Oh, Doctor Beeching! Jack Skinner
1996 Two Minutes Ernie


Year Title Role
2004 Emmerdale Solomon Dingle
2008 A Touch of Frost Diesel Bob

Film roles[edit]


  1. ^ "Guardian: Paul Shane obituary". 
  2. ^ a b "Paul Shane". Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Channel4 – 100 Greatest FUNNY MOMENTS at the Wayback Machine (archived February 12, 2008)
  4. ^ "The Two O'Clock Show at the Grand Theatre Blackpool – Starring Paul Shane, Andy Eastwood, The Patton Brothers...". Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Panto Paul Shane to Trott up the beanstalk – The Star". Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Paul Shane". Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Comedy star Paul Shane to have bypass operation". Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Hi-de-Hi! actor Paul Shane dies". BBC News. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  9. ^ soundtrack to the album of the same title by Chris Rea
  10. ^ "Paul Shane profile at AllMovie". Retrieved 18 January 2010. 

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