Shirley's World

Shirley's World is a television series aired first by American Broadcasting Company during the U.S. 1971–72 television season. The sitcom was co-produced by the British ITC Entertainment and American producer Sheldon Leonard; it starred Shirley MacLaine as a photojournalist and John Gregson as her editor at World Illustrated magazine.

Shirley's World
Created byFrank Tarloff
and Melville Shavelson
StarringShirley MacLaine
John Gregson
Opening themeLaurie Johnson
Composer(s)Laurie Johnson
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes17 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Sheldon Leonard
in association with Ronald Robin
Producer(s)Barry Delmaine
Editor(s)Keith Palmer
Running time25mins
Production company(s)ITC Entertainment
DistributorITC Entertainment
Original networkITV
Picture format35mm film 4:3 Colour
Audio formatMono
Original release15 September 1971 (US)
7 April 1972 (UK) 
5 January 1972 (US)
25 July 1972 (UK)

Immediately after the ABC broadcasts ended, the seventeen-episode series was aired in its entirety on ITV in the United Kingdom.

Cast and characters

Episode list

Filmed on location and at Pinewood Studios England

Production # is the order of the Network DVD.

Episode # Prod # Title Directed by Written by US Original airdate UK Original airdate
1101"The Berkley Club Caper"Ralph LevyFrank Tarloff15 September 1971 (1971-09-15)7 April 1972
Shirley Logan arrives in London to take up her new job at World Illustrated and her new boss, Dennis Croft, gives her the task of interviewing Sir Harold Willbright-Manners at his club. The members are aghast and she is thrown out. Croft had not told her it was men only club even though he was a member. Undaunted Logan recruits a number of striptease artists and they invade the club while she takes photos of the men in embarrassing situations. She gets the interview and the members order copies of their photos reassured the negatives will be destroyed. Stars Charles Lloyd-Pack and Erik Chitty.
2103"Thou Shalt Not be Found Out"Ray AustinPeter Miller22 September 1971 (1971-09-22)14 April 1972
Sent to interview a self-righteous sanctimonious actor going through a divorce because his wife was unfaithful Shirley decides to spoil the story, to the displeasure of Croft, by reconciling the marriage by pretending to his wife that she is his other woman. Stars Nigel Davenport Lelia Goldoni Jeremy Lloyd and Cardew Robinson (uncredited)
3109"The Defective Defector"Ray AustinJohn Muir and Brian Degas29 September 1971 (1971-09-29)21 April 1972
4107"The Lovers"Ray AustinPeter Miller6 October 1971 (1971-10-06)28 April 1972
From a tear on a photograph Shirley breaks up the arranged marriage of the children of two Japanese businessmen but the couple realise they love each other and Shirley has to undo what she has done. Stars Akiko Wakabayashi
5108"The Islanders"Charles CrichtonLew Schwarz13 October 1971 (1971-10-13)5 May 1972

On a remote island in Scotland Shirley lets slip to a tax inspector about their illicit homemade whisky which causes the islanders to declare independence and Shirley leads the resistance against first the army, then the navy until the Prime Minister sends Dennis Croft to sort it out. Stars Peter Dyneley and Sally Thomsett

Filming Date: 21 July 1971[1]
6110"The Colonel"Ray AustinPeter Miller20 October 1971 (1971-10-20)12 May 1972
7102"To Drean the Impossible Dream"Ralph LevyPhillip Mishkin and Bob Reiner27 October 1971 (1971-10-27)19 May 1972
Shirley tries to help a pavement artist receive the recognition his talent deserves but despite her best efforts only succeeds in denting the man's confidence. Stars Ron Moody Nicky Henson
8106"A Hell of an Engineer"Ray AustinLew Schwarz3 November 1971 (1971-11-03)25 May 1972
Photographing Temples in Japan Shirley meets a farmer working as a taxi driver with dreams of becoming an engineer. Going to his farm she meets his wife who secretly repairs all the farm machines while he prays. Her promise to make the taxi driver an engineer seems impossible to fulfill. Stars Burt Kwouk, Joss Ackland and Yasuko Nagazum
9111"The Reunion"Frank CvitanovichPeter Miller10 November 1971 (1971-11-10)2 June 1972
10114"Follow that Rickshaw"Ralph LevyTom Brennard and Roy Bottomley17 November 1971 (1971-11-17)9 June 1972
11105"A Mother's Touch"Leslie NormanRichard DeRoy24 November 1971 (1971-11-24)16 June 1972
Sent to interview a reclusive tycoon Shirley discovers he has a love of painting but his protective mother ties him up in the business of making money as his secret advisor and that he is merely a puppet doing her bidding. Stars James Booth, Patrick Newell and Dandy Nichols
12104"A Girl Like You"Ray AustinAnthony Skene1 December 1971 (1971-12-01)12 May 1972
On assignment in Japan Shirley meets a young honey moon couple where the husband is more interested in the Japanese sights and customs. Shirley dresses as a Gheisha at a teahouse and with the other girls performs a tale of the neglected wife. Stars Rodney Bewes, Una Stubbs and Yoki Tani
13115"Evidence in Camera"Ralph LevyT. E. B. Clarke8 December 1971 (1971-12-08)19 May 1972
14116"The Rally"Peter HuntPeter Miller15 December 1971 (1971-12-15)25 May 1972
15117"Figuratively Speaking"Ralph LevyPatrick Alexander22 December 1971 (1971-12-22)2 June 1972
16112"Knightmare"Peter SasdyJeremy Burnham29 December 1971 (1971-12-29)9 June 1972
17113"Always Leave Them Laughing"Sydney HayersJack Seddon and David Pursall5 January 1972 (1972-01-05)16 June 1972


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