Parsley Sidings

Comedy set in a small railway station.

Episodes

SeriesEpisodeTitleFirst
Broadcast
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0101The Market Special1971120519711210
20121108 (BBC7)
20160425 (BBC7)
20160430 (BBC7)

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.

0102The Postal Express1971121219711217
20121115 (BBC7)
20160502 (BBC7)

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.

0103The Beauty Queen Contest1971121919711224
20121122 (BBC7)
20160509 (BBC7)

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.

0104The Inspector Calls1971122619711231
20121129 (BBC7)
20121201 (BBC7)
20160516 (BBC7)
20160521 (BBC7)

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.

0105The 1890 Rocket1972010219720107
20121206 (BBC7)
20160523 (BBC7)

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.

0106The Excursion1972010919720114
20121213 (BBC7)
20160530 (BBC7)

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.

0107Cricket, Lovely Cricket1972011619720121
20121220 (BBC7)
20160606 (BBC7)

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.

0108Who'll Be Mother1972012319720128
20130103 (BBC7)
20130105 (BBC7)
20160613 (BBC7)

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

0110 LASTGoodbye Parsley Sidings1972020619720211
20030731 (BBC7)
20040609 (BBC7)
20060113 (BBC7)
20060114 (BBC7)
20061229 (BBC7)
20061230 (BBC7)
20080124 (BBC7)
20080125 (BBC7)
20080923 (BBC7)
20080924 (BBC7)
20100215 (BBC7)
20100216 (BBC7)
20110213 (BBC7)
20120219 (BBC7)
20130117 (BBC7)

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

0208The New Level Crossing1973111720140925 (BBC7)

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

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

0209The Film Makers1973112420141002 (BBC7)

Horace decides to offer the station as a movie location.

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

0210 LASTThe Secret Agent1973120120030828 (BBC7)
20040707 (BBC7)
20060210 (BBC7)
20060211 (BBC7)
20070126 (BBC7)
20070127 (BBC7)
20080221 (BBC7)
20080222 (BBC7)
20081021 (BBC7)
20081022 (BBC7)
20100315 (BBC7)
20100316 (BBC7)
20110313 (BBC7)
20120318 (BBC7)
20141009 (BBC7)

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

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

Station Master Horace Hepplewhite gets news of a surprise important visitor.

He also gets recruited as a secret agent.

Station Master Horace Hepplewhite gets news of a surprise VIP, but his secrecy makes the staff think he's planning a robbery.

PILOTThe Royal Train1971072820121101 (BBC7)

The Queen passing the sleepy station sparks staff excitement.