1 9 7 1 – 1 9 7 2 (UK)
17 x 30 minute episodes
Shirley Logan (Shirley MacLaine) was a globe-trotting photojournalist for London-based World Illustrated magazine. Dennis Croft (John Gregson) was her gruff and demanding yet kindly editor.
The indomitable and highly resourceful Shirley met more than her share of high drama and intrigue – meeting would-be Soviet defectors, interviewing film stars and even becoming a circus clown – with a few hilarious moments along the way
Shirley was persistent, bubbly, cunning, and impulsive. She was quite the women’s liberation advocate, too. She was a great reporter with one shortcoming – she always managed to get too involved with her subjects and often found herself in peril.
A slick production with some impressive location scenery courtesy of extensive location work from England to Paris to Asia and a good support cast helped her along.
Shirley’s World was Maclaine’s only venture into the television series format but turned out to be a very expensive flop.
A truly international ITC show, the special guests featured a number of favourites, including Brian Blessed, Ron Moody, Dandy Nichols, Stuart Damon, Joss Ackland, Cyril Cusack and Bert Kwouk.
Apparently, Shirley MacLaine and her British crew developed a mutual loathing of each other during the making of this series. All were mutually happy when it was cancelled.
Shirley’s World aired in the US on Wednesday nights at 9:30 pm. Sponsors included Eastman Kodak, Warner-Lambert and Lehn and Fink.
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