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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
Series title over a globe of the world
Created by Frank Tarloff
and Melville Shavelson
Starring Shirley MacLaine
John Gregson
Opening theme Laurie Johnson
Composer(s) Laurie Johnson
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 17 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Sheldon Leonard
in association with Ronald Robin
Producer(s) Barry Delmaine
Editor(s) Keith Palmer
Running time 25mins
Production company(s) ITC Entertainment
Distributor ITC Entertainment
Original network ITV
Picture format 35 mm film 4:3 Colour
Audio format Mono
Original release 15 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 charactersEdit

Episode listEdit

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
1 101 "The Berkley Club Caper" Ralph Levy Frank Tarloff 15 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.
2 103 "Thou Shalt Not be Found Out" Ray Austin Peter Miller 22 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)
3 109 "The Defective Defector" Ray Austin John Muir and Brian Degas 29 September 1971 (1971-09-29) 21 April 1972
4 107 "The Lovers" Ray Austin Peter Miller 6 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
5 108 "The Islanders" Charles Crichton Lew Schwarz 13 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: July 21, 1971[1]
6 110 "The Colonel" Ray Austin Peter Miller 20 October 1971 (1971-10-20) 12 May 1972
7 102 "To Drean the Impossible Dream" Ralph Levy Phillip Mishkin and Bob Reiner 27 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
8 106 "A Hell of an Engineer" Ray Austin Lew Schwarz 3 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
9 111 "The Reunion" Frank Cvitanovich Peter Miller 10 November 1971 (1971-11-10) 2 June 1972
10 114 "Follow that Rickshaw" Ralph Levy Tom Brennard and Roy Bottomley 17 November 1971 (1971-11-17) 9 June 1972
11 105 "A Mother's Touch" Leslie Norman Richard DeRoy 24 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
12 104 "A Girl Like You" Ray Austin Anthony Skene 1 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
13 115 "Evidence in Camera" Ralph Levy T. E. B. Clarke 8 December 1971 (1971-12-08) 19 May 1972
14 116 "The Rally" Peter Hunt Peter Miller 15 December 1971 (1971-12-15) 25 May 1972
15 117 "Figuratively Speaking" Ralph Levy Patrick Alexander 22 December 1971 (1971-12-22) 2 June 1972
16 112 "Knightmare" Peter Sasdy Jeremy Burnham 29 December 1971 (1971-12-29) 9 June 1972
17 113 "Always Leave Them Laughing" Sydney Hayers Jack Seddon and David Pursall 5 January 1972 (1972-01-05) 16 June 1972


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