Parsley Sidings

Comedy set in a small railway station.

Episodes

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Comedy Series Set In A Small Railway Station. Goodbye Parsley Sidings20061229 BT=1430 (BBC7)
20061230 BT=0630 (BBC7)

There's industrial unrest when the buffet needs staffing, and Hepplewhite takes umbrage.

The Entente Cordial20070105 BT=1430 (BBC7)
20070106 BT=0630 (BBC7)
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When the station is twinned with one in France, problems arise when the French Station Master turns out to be Bradshaw's father.

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Rather quaint idea that trains will be diverted because of a rare bird nesting on the lines.

There's rather a quaint idea that trains will be diverted because of a rare bird nesting on the lines.

A rather quaint idea that trains will be diverted because of a rare bird nesting on the lines.

A 'rare' gull is spotted during a station spring-clean, causing chaos on the line. Starring Arthur Lowe. From November 1973.

A 'rare' gull is spotted during a station spring-clean, causing chaos on the line.

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Rather quaint idea that trains will be diverted because of a rare bird nesting on the lines. [Episode of 4 of 5, rpt of today 2.00pm]

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The station staff go all out to boost falling passenger numbers.

The station staff go all out to boost falling passenger numbers. Stars Arthur Lowe.

The station staff at Parsley Sidings go all out to boost falling passenger numbers.

The eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Ian Lavender as Bert, Kenneth Connor as Percy, Liz Fraser as Gloria and Elizabeth Morgan as Ethel.

Re-created Announcements by Keith Skues.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in December 1971.

The station staff go all out to boost falling passenger numbers. Stars Arthur Lowe.

The station staff at Parsley Sidings go all out to boost falling passenger numbers.

The eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Ian Lavender as Bert, Kenneth Connor as Percy, Liz Fraser as Gloria and Elizabeth Morgan as Ethel.

Re-created Announcements by Keith Skues.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in December 1971.

The station staff go all out to boost falling passenger numbers.

The station staff go all out to boost falling passenger numbers. Stars Arthur Lowe.

4 Extra Debut. The station staff go all out to boost falling passenger numbers. Stars Arthur Lowe and Ian Lavender. From December 1971.

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Station Master Horace hopes a new mail system will save the sleepy halt.

Station Master Horace hopes a new mail system will save the sleepy halt. Stars Arthur Lowe and Ian Lavender. From December 1971.

Station Master Horace hopes a new mail system will save the sleepy halt. Stars Arthur Lowe

Station Master Horace hopes a new mail system will save the sleepy halt. Stars Arthur Lowe and Ian Lavender. From December 1971.

Station Master Horace hopes a new mail system will save the sleepy halt. Stars Arthur Lowe

Station Master Horace hopes a new mail system will save the sleepy halt.

Station Master Horace hopes a new mail system will save the sleepy halt. Stars Arthur Lowe and Ian Lavender. From December 1971.

Station Master Horace hopes a new mail system will save the sleepy halt. Stars Arthur Lowe

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Glamorous announcer Gloria is pressured into promoting the sleepy station.

Glamorous announcer Gloria is pressured into promoting the sleepy station. Stars Arthur Lowe and Liz Fraser. From December 1971.

Glamorous announcer Gloria is pressured into promoting the sleepy station. Stars Arthur Lowe and Liz Fraser. From December 1971.

Glamorous announcer Gloria is pressured into promoting the sleepy station.

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The threat of closure for the sleepy station calls for desperate measures.

The threat of closure for the sleepy station calls for desperate measures.

The threat of closure from an official inspection calls for desperate measures at the sleepy station.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Ian Lavender as Bert, Kenneth Connor as Percy, Liz Fraser as Gloria and John Graham as Phineas Perkins.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Re-created Announcements by Keith Skues.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in December 1971.

Recovered episode. The threat of closure for the sleepy station calls for desperate measures. Stars Arthur Lowe and Liz Fraser. From December 1971.

The threat of closure for the sleepy station calls for desperate measures.

The threat of closure from an official inspection calls for desperate measures at the sleepy station.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Ian Lavender as Bert, Kenneth Connor as Percy, Liz Fraser as Gloria and John Graham as Phineas Perkins.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Re-created Announcements by Keith Skues.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in December 1971.

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Horace's grandfather's ancient steam engine hits the rails once more.

Station master Horace Hepplewhite decides to renovate his grandfather's rusting old steam engine, to get it back on the rails once more.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Ian Lavender as Bert, Kenneth Connor as Percy, Liz Fraser as Gloria and John Graham as Phineas Perkins.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Recreated Announcements by Keith Skues.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1972.

Horace's grandfather's ancient steam engine hits the rails once more.

Horace's grandfather's ancient steam engine hits the rails once more. Stars Arthur Lowe.

Horace's grandfather's ancient steam engine hits the rails once more. Stars Arthur Lowe and Kenneth Connor. From January 1972.

Station master Horace Hepplewhite decides to renovate his grandfather's rusting old steam engine, to get it back on the rails once more.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Ian Lavender as Bert, Kenneth Connor as Percy, Liz Fraser as Gloria and John Graham as Phineas Perkins.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Recreated Announcements by Keith Skues.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1972.

Horace's grandfather's ancient steam engine hits the rails once more.

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Station Master Horace is keen to encourage the tourist trade.

Station Master Horace is keen to encourage the tourist trade. Stars Arthur Lowe.

Railway Station Master Horace Hepplewhite decides Parsley Sidings needs to boost passenger numbers with train excursions.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Ian Lavender as Bert, Kenneth Connor as Percy, Liz Fraser as Gloria and John Graham as the American Tourist.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Re-created Announcements by Keith Skues.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1972.

Station Master Horace is keen to encourage the tourist trade.

Station Master Horace is keen to encourage the tourist trade. Stars Arthur Lowe.

Railway Station Master Horace Hepplewhite decides Parsley Sidings needs to boost passenger numbers with train excursions.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Ian Lavender as Bert, Kenneth Connor as Percy, Liz Fraser as Gloria and John Graham as the American Tourist.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Re-created Announcements by Keith Skues.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1972.

Station Master Horace is keen to encourage the tourist trade. Stars Arthur Lowe and Kenneth Connor. From January 1972.

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Station Master Horace steps up to the crease to save the sleepy station.

Station master Horace steps up to the crease to save the sleepy station. Stars Arthur Lowe and Liz Fraser. From January 1972.

Station master Horace steps up to the crease to save the sleepy station. Stars Arthur Lowe

Station Master Horace Hepplewhite steps up to the crease in his battle to save his sleepy station from closure.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Ian Lavender as Bert, Kenneth Connor as Percy, Liz Fraser as Gloria and Ronald Baddiley as Mr Bun the Inspector.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Re-created Announcements by Keith Skues.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1972.

Station Master Horace Hepplewhite steps up to the crease in his battle to save his sleepy station from closure.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Ian Lavender as Bert, Kenneth Connor as Percy, Liz Fraser as Gloria and Ronald Baddiley as Mr Bun the Inspector.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Re-created Announcements by Keith Skues.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1972.

Station master Horace steps up to the crease to save the sleepy station. Stars Arthur Lowe and Liz Fraser. From January 1972.

Station master Horace steps up to the crease to save the sleepy station. Stars Arthur Lowe

Station Master Horace steps up to the crease to save the sleepy station.

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Station Master Horace reveals a surprising talent for child minding. Stars Arthur Lowe.

Station Master Horace reveals a surprising talent for child minding. Stars Arthur Lowe and Pat Coombs. From January 1972.

Station Master Horace reveals a surprising talent for child minding. Stars Arthur Lowe.

Station Master Horace Hepplewhite reveals a surprising talent for child minding.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Ian Lavender as Bert, Liz Fraser as Gloria, Kenneth Connor as Percy and Pat Coombs as Maud.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Re-created Announcements by Keith Skues.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1972.

Station Master Horace reveals a surprising talent for child minding. Stars Arthur Lowe and Pat Coombs. From January 1972.

Station Master Horace reveals a surprising talent for child minding. Stars Arthur Lowe.

Station Master Horace Hepplewhite reveals a surprising talent for child minding.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Ian Lavender as Bert, Liz Fraser as Gloria, Kenneth Connor as Percy and Pat Coombs as Maud.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Re-created Announcements by Keith Skues.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1972.

Station Master Horace reveals a surprising talent for child minding.

With Pat Coombs

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Can showbiz seduce Station Master Horace away from the railways? Stars Arthur Lowe.

Can showbiz seduce Station Master Horace away from the railways? Stars Arthur Lowe and Kenneth Connor. From January 1972.

Can showbiz seduce Station Master Horace Hepplewhite away from the railways?

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Ian Lavender as Bert, Liz Fraser as Gloria, Kenneth Connor as Percy and Charlotte Mitchell as Miss Pennyfeather.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Re-created Announcements by Keith Skues.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1972.

Can showbiz seduce Station Master Horace away from the railways?

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Station Master Horace takes on the bolshie buffet staff.

Station Master Horace Hepplewhite takes on the bolshie buffet staff.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Ian Lavender as Bert, Liz Fraser as Gloria, Kenneth Connor as Bradshaw and Bill Pertwee as Trimwick.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 1972.

There's industrial unrest when the buffet needs staffing. Hepplewhite takes umbrage.

There's industrial unrest when the buffet needs staffing. Railway station comedy starring Arthur Lowe. From February 1972.

Comedy set in a small railway station. With Arthur Lowe and Ian Lavender from Dad's Army. Written by Jim Eldridge.

Industrial strife looms over staffing the buffet. Railway station sitcom with Arthur Lowe and Liz Fraser. From February 1972.

Industrial strife looms over staffing the buffet. Railway station sitcom with Arthur Lowe.

Industrial strife looms over staffing the buffet. From February 1972.

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There's industrial unrest when the buffet needs staffing, and Hepplewhite takes umbrage.

Station Master Horace takes on the bolshie buffet staff. Stars Arthur Lowe.

Station Master Horace takes on the bolshie buffet staff. Stars Arthur Lowe and Kenneth Connor. From February 1972.

There's industrial unrest when the buffet needs staffing, and Hepplewhite takes umbrage.

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Bert's parcel mix-up at the station's Left Luggage Office sparks havoc

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Kenneth Connor as Percy/Bradshaw/Rev, Liz Fraser as Gloria, Ian Lavender as Bert and Douglas Blackwell as the Brigadier.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in September 1973.

Bert's parcel mix-up at the station's Left Luggage Office causes havoc. Stars Arthur Lowe and Ian Lavender. From September 1973.

After a pilot was made in 1971, two series of Parsley Sidings were made for BBC Radio 2 between 1971 and 73. Written by radio stalwart Jim Eldridge, the eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station somewhere on the main line between London and Birmingham.

The Hepplewhites have run Parsley Sidings for generations and current Station Master, Horace, hopes his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. Their nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Co-starring Kenneth Connor, Liz Fraser and Michael Elwick. Produced by Edward Taylor.

Bert's parcel mix-up at the station's Left Luggage Office causes havoc.

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Station Master Horace Hepplewhite digs up trouble when he hosts the village horticultural show.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Kenneth Connor as Percy/Bradshaw/Vicar, Liz Fraser as Gloria, Ian Lavender as Bert, Bill Pertwee as Phineas Perkins and Garrard Green as the Inspector

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in October 1973.

Horace gets himself in trouble by hosting the village horticultural show. Stars Arthur Lowe and Ian Lavender. From October 1973.

After a pilot was made in 1971, two series of Parsley Sidings were made for BBC Radio 2 between 1971 and 73. Written by radio stalwart Jim Eldridge, the eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station somewhere on the main line between London and Birmingham.

The Hepplewhites have run Parsley Sidings for generations and current Station Master, Horace, hopes his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. Their nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Co-starring Kenneth Connor, Liz Fraser, Douglas Blackwell and Michael Elwick. Produced by Edward Taylor.

Horace gets himself in trouble by hosting the village horticultural show.

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Cross-channel harmony hits the buffers, when the station is twinned with one in France.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Kenneth Connor as Valentine /Bradshaw/Head of French Rail, Liz Fraser as Gloria, Ian Lavender as Bert and Roger Delgado as Dupont.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in October 1973.

Cross-channel harmony hits the buffers when the station is twinned with one in France. Stars Arthur Lowe. From October 1973.

When the station is twinned with one in France, problems arise when the French Station Master turns out to be Bradshaw's father.

Cross-channel harmony proves challenging, as the station is twinned with one in France. Starring Arthur Lowe. From October 1973.

Cross-channel harmony hits the buffers, when the station is twinned with one in France. Stars Arthur Lowe. From October 1973.

Cross-channel harmony hits the buffers, when the station is twinned with one in France.

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A stranded railway passenger sparks a chain of disasters.

A stranded passenger sparks a chain of disasters at the sleepy railway station.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Kenneth Connor as Bradshaw/Clara, Liz Fraser as Gloria, Ian Lavender as Bert, John Graham as the Inspector/Minister and Hilary Pritchard as Doris.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in October 1973.

A stranded railway passenger sparks a chain of disasters. Stars Arthur Lowe, Kenneth Connor and Liz Fraser. From October 1973.

A stranded railway passenger causes a catalogue of disasters. Starring Arthur Lowe and Kenneth Connor. From October 1973.

A stranded railway passenger sparks a chain of disasters. Stars Arthur Lowe, Kenneth Connor and Liz Fraser. From October 1973.

A stranded railway passenger sparks a chain of disasters. Stars Arthur Lowe. From 1973.

A stranded passenger causes a catalogue of disasters for the staff of Parsley Sidings.

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There are sheepish looks all round when Bert considers becoming a hairdresser.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Kenneth Connor as Bradshaw/Valentine, Liz Fraser as Gloria/Sheep, Ian Lavender as Bert.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Producer: Edward Taylor and a sheep.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in October 1973.

Sheepish looks all round when Bert considers becoming a hairdresser. Stars Arthur Lowe and Ian Lavender. From October 1973.

Sheepish looks all round when Bert considers becoming a hairdresser.

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A rare gull is spotted during a station spring-clean, causing chaos on the line.

A 'rare' gull is spotted during a station spring-clean at Parsley Sidings, causing chaos on the line.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Kenneth Connor as Valentine/ Bradshaw/Editor, Liz Fraser as Gloria, Ian Lavender as Bert and John Baddeley as the train driver.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Producer: Edward Taylor.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in October 1973.

A rare gull is spotted during a station spring-clean, causing chaos on the line. Starring Arthur Lowe. From November 1973.

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Things look tricky for Percy following Horace's morality drive. Stars Arthur Lowe and Kenneth Connor. From November 1973.

Things look tricky for Percy following Horace's morality drive.

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The station's future looks bleak when head office considers automation.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Kenneth Connor as Valentine/ Bradshaw, Liz Fraser as Gloria, Ian Lavender as Bert, Bill Pertwee as Mr Ryan and Garrard Green as Sir Henry McVey.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Producer: Edward Taylor.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November 1973.

4 Extra Debut. The station's future looks bleak when head office considers automation. Stars Arthur Lowe and Bill Pertwee. From November 1973.

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Horace decides to offer the station as a movie location. Stars Arthur Lowe and Graham Stark. From November 1973.

Horace decides to offer the station as a movie location.

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Stationmaster Hepplewhite is warned to expect a VIP, but events take a surprising turn. Stars Arthur Lowe. From December 1973.

Stationmaster Hepplewhite is warned to expect a VIP, but events take a surprising turn.

Stationmaster Hepplewhite is told to expect a VIP, but events take a surprising turn. Starring Arthur Lowe. From December 1973.

Stationmaster Hepplewhite is warned to expect a VIP, but events take a surprising turn. Stars Arthur Lowe. From December 1973.

Stationmaster Hepplewhite is warned to expect a VIP, but events take a surprising turn.

Station Master Horace Hepplewhite gets news of a surprise important visitor. He also gets recruited as a secret agent.

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Stationmaster Hepplewhite is warned to expect a VIP, but events take a surprising turn. Stars Arthur Lowe. From December 1973.

Stationmaster Hepplewhite is warned to expect a VIP, but events take a surprising turn.

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The Queen passing the sleepy station sparks staff excitement.

4 Extra Debut. The Queen passing the sleepy station sparks staff excitement. Pilot episode, starring Arthur Lowe and Ian Lavender. From February 1971.

The Queen passing the sleepy station sparks staff excitement.

The Queen passing the sleepy station sparks staff excitement.

4 Extra Debut. The Queen passing the sleepy station sparks staff excitement. Pilot episode, starring Arthur Lowe and Ian Lavender. From February 1971.