Shelley (1979–1983)
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12 January 1981 (UK)  »

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Bunter on the run!
22 December 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Shelley, once more with bags of time on his hands, is attempting to put up kitchen shelves, when he is interrupted by Paul 'Bunter' Englund ( Warren Clarke ), the best man at his recent wedding. Bunter is in a state of high anxiety. The police are after him.

When they arrive, Shelley gives him refuge under the stairs. Sergeant Brunton ( Peter Vaughan ) asks if Shelley has had contact with Bunter recently. Shelley lies to help out an old friend. Then Brunton drops his bombshell - Bunter is wanted on suspicion of drug possession...

After 'Signing Out', this is a bit of a comedown. Once again, its a small number of people talking incessantly with little actually happening on screen. The return of Warren Clarke's 'Bunter' is welcome though, as is that old warhorse Peter Vaughan, despite looking like the oldest sergeant on the force.

Note the line about prison not being 'all Ronnie Barker and mailbags!'. A clear reference to 'Porridge' in which Vaughan played 'Harry Grout'.

Funniest moment - Brunton is about to leave when he sniffs the air. "You've got a touch of Dry Rot!". Without asking for permission, he opens the door to the cupboard under stairs - and there is the very man he has been looking for!

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