John Shuttleworth hits the road for his latest tour, following appearances on Celebrity Antiques Roadshow, Pointless, and the second series of Radio 4's John Shuttleworth’s Lounge Music.
A recent health scare (well, a mild bout of Athletes Foot) has made “Sheffield’s finest singer/songwriter” (The Times) focus on his mortality, and the many things he needs to do before the inevitable move into a hospice. Can sole agent, Ken Worthington pull out the stops and make John a star before his retirement? As befits a man living on borrowed time – John considers Life’s major issues: like the excitement he felt when sucking his first mint:
“It gave my tongue activity, as the mint’s flavours bore into me, turning my grey world azure blue – I remember my first Polo, do you?”
And John will miss his trips to Sutton on Sea, Lincs, to check Ken's beach chalet, via the A1111:
"Having fun, fun, fun, fun on the A1111. Like the A1 but 4 times as good! It's the A1111".
As well as jaunty new songs, John will bash out trusted favourites on his Yamaha organ: “Two Margarines”, “I Can’t Go Back To Savoury Now”, “Mutiny Over The Bounty”, “Y Reg” plus more recent crowd pleasers like "How's Yer Nan?" and” Mingling With Mourners".
Graham Fellows is best known for his comic creation, John Shuttleworth who starred in the hit series 500 Bus Stops (BBC 2) and the award-winning radio series The Shuttleworths (BBC Radio 4). Graham was already well known as an actor and creator of the hit single, Jilted John which reached number 4 in the UK charts in 1978, he revived the band in August at this year headlining at the now legendary Rebellion Festival.
Graham’s recent TV credits as John Shuttleworth include Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (ITV) and Pointless (BBC).
In 1992 Graham was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe for his live show, John Shuttleworth’s Guide To Stardom. Many live tours have followed, including 2000 & John for which Graham won the Manchester Evening News Comedy Award. He also won the prestigious Fringe Report Award for best show in 2010.
As an actor, Graham has featured as Les Charlton in Coronation Street (ITV), Comics (Channel 4) Coogan’s Run (BBC 2), Time Gentlemen Please (Sky), Heartbeat (ITV) and Ideal (BBC 2) and playing Eric Sykes in BBC 2’s Hattie. He provided all the voices for Aardman’s Bafta Award winning short film Stage Fright.
Graham wrote and directed (and starred in as Shuttleworth) two feature films Southern Softies on location in the Channel Islands, the sequel to the hit film It’s Nice Up North. Both movies enjoyed theatrical releases and were broadcast on Sky Arts.
Graham must agree it's "nice up north" as a few years ago he bought a derelict church in the Orkney Isles and converted it into a recording studio. Graham now also co runs a production company Chic Ken Productions. Their most recent production is John Shuttlworth’s Loung Music, a four part series for BBC Radio 4 which includes special guests CLARE GROGAN, MARI WILSON, NICK HEYWARD and CHRIS DIFFORD.
“The man who does for the Bon Tempi organ what Jimi Hendrix did for the guitar”
“The finest lyrics known to man”