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The Shiresland Show
Starring Michael Shires
Frank Welker
Paul Winchell
David Arthur
Alan Oppenheimer
John Stephenson
Howard Morris
Stan Freberg
Sarah Shires
Produced by Graham Collingwood
Michael Shires (executive producer)
Directed by Peter Hunter
Phil Carlson
Theme music composer David W. Armstrong
Sam Pottle
Opening theme "The Shiresland Show Theme"
Closing theme "The Shiresland Show Theme" (Instrumental)
No. of seasons 5
Original release January 5, 1974–June 18, 1982
Original network ITV (UK)
CBS (US)
Distributor Shires-Pentagon Domestic Television
Production Company: Armstrong Associates
Thames Television
CBS-Owned Television Stations
Genre: Variety
Comedy
Format: Sketch Comedy
Puppet Show
Live-Action

The Shiresland Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by puppeteer Michael Shires and features The Shiresland.

The series shows a vaudeville or music hall-style song-and-dance variety show, as well as glimpses behind the scenes of such a show. Matthew Mouse stars as a showrunner who tries to keep control of the antics of the other Shiresland characters (and his temper), as well as keep the guest stars happy. The show was known for outrageous physical slapstick, sometimes absurdist comedy, and humorous parodies. Each episode also featured a human guest star. As the show's popularity rose, many celebrities were eager to perform with the Shiresland on television and in film.

Many of the puppeteers also worked on Corporation Street. Shiresland performers over the course of the show include Michael Shires, Frank Welker, Paul Winchell, David Arthur, Alan Oppenheimer, John Stephenson, Sarah Shires, Howard Morris, Stan Freberg. The music was performed by Johnny Hawksworth and his orchestra.

Opening sequence

"The Shiresland Show Theme" (written by Armstrong and Sam Pottle in 1974) is the show's theme song. It is the opening and closing theme for every episode of The Shiresland Show and was performed by The Shiresland in a scene of The Shiresland.

Each episode ended with an extended instrumental performance of "The Shiresland Show Theme" by the Shiresland orchestra before Stinky and Clammy gave the last laugh of the night. Some last laugh sequences featured other Shiresland on the balcony. For example, in one episode, the Shiresland of Corporation Street appeared behind the duo who told them: "How should we know how to get to Corporation Street? We don't even know how to get out of this stupid theater box!"

Every series, the TV version of the song was presented with re-worked lyrics. While the opening sequence evolved visually over the course of the show's five series, the musical composition remained sequentially the same. Throughout the years, the song has become a staple of the franchise.

Episodes

Main article: List of The Shiresland Show episodes

Characters and performers

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