James Shelley is a highly educated student and good-for-nothing skiver. He spends his days pondering the philosophical implications of life whilst dodging the bureaucratic machinery which has the gall to insist that he actually work for a living. He lives in a little North London bedsit with his girlfriend Fran but his days of continued slothfulness may be coming to an end… After 74 weeks on the dole the authorities are viewing him as something of a challenge and are determined to make him work. Add to that his impending fatherhood and marriage to Fran and it's no wonder that Shelley feels his life is falling apart!
A long-running success for ITV - ten series over thirteen years – SHELLEY THE COMPLETE FIRST SERIES features a masterful performance by Hywel Bennett (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Pennies from Heaven) as the bone-idle philosopher whose laziness is only outstripped by his desire for reason and argument.
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