Unlike Men Behaving Badly, Shelley definitely wasn't coming back after Thames lost its franchice. But by then, it had already become one of ITV's longest running sitcoms. Created by actor/writer Peter Tilbury, 71 episodes were made between 1979 and 1992. Welsh actor Hywel Bennett starred as the idle graduate James Shelley, who ambles through life making "blink and you miss 'em" laconic remarks. In this first series, he directed most of them at his landlady (Josephine Tewson) and girlfriend (Belinda Sinclair).