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Shillingbury Tales 

Classic ITV comedy-drama, set in the fictional village of Shillingbury in Hertfordshire. Londoners Peter (Robin Nedwell) and Sally Higgins (Diane Keen) move to the idyllic English ... See full summary »




1981   1980  


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Series cast summary:
Robin Nedwell ...  Peter Higgins 7 episodes, 1980-1981
Diane Keen ...  Sally Higgins 7 episodes, 1980-1981
Jack Douglas Jack Douglas ...  Jake Smith 7 episodes, 1980-1981
Joe Black Joe Black ...  Harvey / ... 6 episodes, 1980-1981
Nigel Lambert Nigel Lambert ...  Reverend Norris 4 episodes, 1981
Linda Hayden ...  Mandy Smith 4 episodes, 1981
Lilian Grassom Lilian Grassom ...  Terry 4 episodes, 1981
Diana King Diana King ...  Mrs. Simpkins 3 episodes, 1980-1981
Eric Francis Eric Francis ...  Sam / ... 3 episodes, 1980-1981
Bernard Cribbins ...  Cuffy 2 episodes, 1981
Jeremy Hawk ...  Mr. Robertson 2 episodes, 1981


Classic ITV comedy-drama, set in the fictional village of Shillingbury in Hertfordshire. Londoners Peter (Robin Nedwell) and Sally Higgins (Diane Keen) move to the idyllic English countryside to enjoy the ambiance of fine thatched-roofed cottages, strawberry cream teas, oak-timbered pubs and a collection of eccentric locals, including grumpy farmer Jake (Jack Douglas), his sexy daughter Mandy (Linda Hayden), crafty tramp Cuffy (Bernard Cribbins), old busybody Mrs. Simpkins (Diana King), nosy postman Harvey (Joe Black), and the twittering Reverend Norris (Nigel Lambert). Written by norty fing

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

6 January 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Los cuentos de Shillingbury See more »

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(6 episodes) | (6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Followed by ...And the Band Played On (1980) See more »

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Wonderful Tales
26 February 2005 | by chris-321See all my reviews

Shillingbury Tales is a wonderful series - light, breezy, amusing and very addictive. If only they'd made more!!!!! Best of all, it's now on DVD in the U.K. so if you haven't seen it yet then get out there and buy a copy. You wont regret it!

Bernard Cribbins is a guest in a couple of episodes and brilliant. Diane K's dresses are straight out of the 70's (of course) but the only things that date this classic.

On an aside, the opening sequence are very reminiscent of the Vicar of Dibley. Even the local inhabitants are slightly weird like those of Dibley. But the action centres on a composer from London rather than a vicar, and it's not in-your-face comedy but a relaxing feel-good experience. And don't we need that sort of thing nowadays!

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