Shillingbury Tales

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Shillingbury Tales
Genre Comedy-Drama
Created by Francis Essex
Starring Robin Nedwell
Diane Keen
Lionel Jeffries
Bernard Cribbins
Jack Douglas
Joe Black
Nigel Lambert
Diana King
Trevor Howard
Theme music composer Ed Welch
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Producer(s) Paul Harrison
Christopher Baker
Greg Smith (executive producer)
Running time 50 minutes
Original network ATV
Original release 6 January 1980 – 21 June 1981

Shillingbury Tales was a British television 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 its franchise licence to broadcast and its replacement Central declined to continue production of the series. The series was broadcast in a number of countries around Europe.



  • The Shillingbury Blowers (6 January 1980)

Series 1[edit]

  • The Shillingbury Tinker (17 May 1981)
  • The Shillingbury Melon (24 May 1981)
  • The Shillingbury Cloudburst (31 May 1981)
  • The Shillingbury Legend (7 June 1981)
  • The Shillingbury Miracle (14 June 1981)
  • The Shillingbury Daydream (21 June 1981)


In 1983, A spin-off sequel series entitled Cuffy was made and broadcast by ATV's successor Central. The show this time focused on and around Bernard Cribbins's character Cuffy.

However the spin-off series didn't feature Robin Nedwell or Diane Keen as they had left to focus on other work at the time.

DVD release[edit]

The show was released on DVD by Network in 2005.

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