Classic ITV comedy-drama from 1980, set in the fictional village of Shillingbury in Hertfordshire. Londoners Peter and Sally Higgins move to the idyllic English countryside to enjoy the ... See full summary »
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Robin Nedwell ...
 Peter Higgins (6 episodes, 1981)
Diane Keen ...
 Sally Higgins (6 episodes, 1981)
Jack Douglas ...
 Jake Smith (6 episodes, 1981)
Joe Black ...
 Harvey (5 episodes, 1981)
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 Mr. Robertson (2 episodes, 1981)
Diana King ...
 Mrs. Simpkins (2 episodes, 1981)
Eric Francis ...
 Sam (2 episodes, 1981)
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Classic ITV comedy-drama from 1980, set in the fictional village of Shillingbury in Hertfordshire. Londoners Peter and Sally Higgins 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 Sally ('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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Los cuentos de Shillingbury  »

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Wonderful Tales
26 February 2005 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See 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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