John Shuttleworth

Character comedy actor Graham Fellows brought two of his best-loved characters with him to Norwich.

Character comedy actor Graham Fellows brought two of his best-loved characters with him to the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich: “Sheffield's versatile singer songwriter” John Shuttleworth and Brummie musicologist and part-time lecturer in media studies, Brian Appleton.

There was a new character to enjoy as well, in the bumptious form of Humberside self-made man Dave Tordoff.

This latest creation, with his tales of a ranch-style home in Goole worth £305,000, mines a new rich seam for Fellows.

His characterisation of composer and inept performer Shuttleworth is much-loved by Radio 4's comedy audience and depends for its success on attention to the most minute detail of dreary domestic existence.

As ever soft drinks and chocolate snacks, a particular Shuttleworth obsession, came into play. The fact that Bounty bars had dispensed with the cardboard trays from their packaging 12 years ago inspired his song Mutiny on the Bounty which contains the glorious line “Mars of Slough, you've really done it now”.

Silly, certainly, but to appreciate it at its best, you really had to be there.