The Random Jottings Of Hinge And Bracket

Dame Hilda and Dr Evadne Hinge welcome you once again to Old Manse, Stackton Tressel.

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0101The Blenkinsop Bequest19820404
0102The Stackton Faggot1982041120040208 (BBC7)
20041208 (BBC7)
20041209 (BBC7)
20060422 (BBC7)
20060423 (BBC7)
20080912 (BBC7)
20100319 (BBC7)
20110107 (BBC7)
20120206 (BBC7)
20120207 (BBC7)

The ladies help organise a fete to save the cricket pavilion so beloved of the major (Anthony Sharpe).

The ladies help organise a fete to save the cricket pavilion so beloved of the Major.

The ladies organise a fete to save the Mayor's beloved cricket pavilion.

The dear ladies try to save the Mayor's cricket pavilion.

From April 1982.

Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket.

BBC7 episode 1.

The dear ladies try to save the Mayor's cricket pavilion. From April 1982.

The dear ladies try to save the Mayor's cricket pavilion. Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From April 1982.

0103The Drop Out19820418
0104The Art Market19820425
0105An Affair Of The Harp19820502
0106 LASTA Lot Of Tulle And A Little Imagination1982050920040215 (BBC7)
20041215 (BBC7)
20041216 (BBC7)
20060429 (BBC7)
20060430 (BBC7)
20080919 (BBC7)
20100305 (BBC7)
20110114 (BBC7)

Annual nutting, fancy dress and a lot of innuendo from Dame Hilda and Dr Evadne.

Annual nutting, fancy dress and a lot of innuendo from Hinge and Brackett.

Originally broadcast in May 1982.

Annual nutting, fancy dress and a lot of innuendo from Hinge and Bracket.

Episode 2 of 8.

The dear ladies take on the running of the Fancy Dress Ball.

From May 1982.

Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket.

0201When The Sap Is Rising1983040320040222 (BBC7)
20041229 (BBC7)
20041230 (BBC7)
20060506 (BBC7)
20060507 (BBC7)
20080926 (BBC7)
20100219 (BBC7)
20110121 (BBC7)
20120213 (BBC7)
20120214 (BBC7)

The two dotty old dears sample some passion fruit liqueur and find themselves in more trouble than they anticipated.

BBC7 Episode 3 of 8.

The dear ladies swallow the consequences of home-made wine.

Starring Dr Evadne Hinge.

Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket.

From April 1983.

The dear ladies swallow the consequences of home-made wine. Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From April 1983.

The dear ladies swallow the consequences of home-made wine. Starring Dr Evadne Hinge.

0202Telling Tails1983041020040229 (BBC7)
20050105 (BBC7)
20050106 (BBC7)
20060513 (BBC7)
20060514 (BBC7)
20081003 (BBC7)
20100312 (BBC7)
20110128 (BBC7)
20120220 (BBC7)
20120221 (BBC7)

BBC7 episode 4

Evadne and Hilda are intimidated by a mouse - luckily Mr Butler is at hand.

BBC7 Episode 4 of 8.

There's chaos for the dear ladies, with a mouse in the house.

Starring Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket.

From 1983.

The dear ladies face chaos - with a mouse in their house.

From April 1983.

Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket.

The dear ladies face chaos with a mouse in their house. From April 1983.

The dear ladies face chaos with a mouse in their house. Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From April 1983.

0203Putting It On The Map1983041720040307 (BBC7)
20050112 (BBC7)
20050113 (BBC7)
20060520 (BBC7)
20060521 (BBC7)
20081010 (BBC7)
20100326 (BBC7)
20110204 (BBC7)
20120227 (BBC7)
20120228 (BBC7)

To attract tourists to Stackton, Dame Hilda and the Doctor revive an old custom: Niddling Thursday.

But things don't quite go to plan.

To encourage tourists, the dear ladies revive an old custom.

Starring Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket.

From April 1983.

To encourage tourism, the dear ladies revive an old custom.

Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From April 1983.

0204Getting It Together1983042420040314 (BBC7)
20050119 (BBC7)
20050120 (BBC7)
20060527 (BBC7)
20060528 (BBC7)
20081017 (BBC7)
20100409 (BBC7)
20110211 (BBC7)
20120402 (BBC7)
20120403 (BBC7)

Evadne and Hilda get to grips with DIY (or not), while Maud causes panic in the pet shop.

The dear ladies struggle to build a flat-pack settee.

The dear ladies struggle to build a flat-pack settee. Starring Dr Evadne Hinge.

The dear ladies struggle to build a flat-pack settee. Starring Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket.

0205Having A Field Day1983050120040321 (BBC7)
20050126 (BBC7)
20050127 (BBC7)
20060603 (BBC7)
20060604 (BBC7)
20081024 (BBC7)
20100205 (BBC7)
20110218 (BBC7)
20120305 (BBC7)
20120306 (BBC7)

It's Carnival Time in Stackton - but first Hilda has to lift the Curse of Cockylegs Finnegan.

The dear ladies must tackle the curse of the village carnival.

The dear ladies must tackle the curse of the village carnival. Starring Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From May 1983.

0206 LASTHarping On It1983050820040328 (BBC7)
20050202 (BBC7)
20050203 (BBC7)
20060610 (BBC7)
20060611 (BBC7)
20081031 (BBC7)
20100226 (BBC7)
20110225 (BBC7)
20120312 (BBC7)
20120313 (BBC7)

Dame Hilda works herself up into a state when she fears someone is trying to steal her harp.

Hilda fears losing her precious instrument to a fellow musician in need.

With Patrick Fyffe and George Logan.

From May 1983.

Hilda fears losing her precious instrument to a musician in need.

Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket.

0301Nunton At 701983100219831007
20061212 (BBC7)
20061213 (BBC7)
20081107 (BBC7)
20100212 (BBC7)
20120319 (BBC7)
20120320 (BBC7)

A 1953 diary uncovers a meaningful anniversary in Billericay.

To Dr Evadne, the random jottings of Dame Hilda are nothing more than worthless tittle-tattle.

But Dame Hilda believes they will one day rank with Fanny Burney's diary.

Stars Dr Evadne Hinge.

Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket.

0302The Return Of Digger Carew1983100919831014
0303The Safari Supper1983101619831021
0304My Lucky Day1983102319831028
20061226 (BBC7)
20061227 (BBC7)
20081114 (BBC7)
20100402 (BBC7)
20110304 (BBC7)
20120326 (BBC7)
20120327 (BBC7)

Dame Hilda and Dr Evadne's opinions on superstition differ when a horseshoe, a black cat and a sweep turn up on the same day.

Superstitions play an important part in dame Hilda's daily life, whilst Dr Evadne scoffs at such 'rubbish'.

So when a horseshoe, a black cat & a sweep turn up problems arise.

The dear ladies squabble over some superstitious signs.

From October 1983.

Starring Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket.

The dear ladies squabble over some superstitious signs. From October 1983.

The dear ladies squabble over some superstitious signs. Starring Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From October 1983.

0305The Holiday Prize1983103019831104
20070102 (BBC7)
20070103 (BBC7)
20081121 (BBC7)
20100416 (BBC7)
20110311 (BBC7)

Hilda and Maud enter a competition with prizes of holidays in Gibraltar.

But for Dr Evadne can it be a holiday if Maud is there?

The dear ladies squabble over a holiday - and the milkman.

0306 LASTThe Mexicans Dance On Their Hats1983110619831111
0401The First Lady19840603
0402Bottling It Up19840610
0403A Letter From The Front19840617
0404Everything In The Garden19840624
0405Fit For Anything1984070120130409 (BBC7)
20130410 (BBC7)

Dame Hilda's solution to being told by the Doctor that she is putting on weight is not one exercise bike, but two - a tandem.

Dame Hilda's solution for putting on weight is a tandem bicycle. From July 1984.

Dame Hilda's solution for putting on weight is a tandem bicycle. Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From July 1984.

0406 LASTA Hive Of Activity19840708
0501The Attic Window19841118
0502A Good Head For Turnips19841125
0503Brought To Book1984120220130416 (BBC7)
20130417 (BBC7)

The dear ladies battle woodworm and the housekeeper's sister. From December 1984.

The dear ladies battle woodworm and the housekeeper's sister. Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From December 1984.

0504Scraps Of Information19841209
0505The Dummy Run1984121619841221
20130423 (BBC7)
20130424 (BBC7)

The dear ladies decide to enter a shop window-dressing competition. From December 1984.

The dear ladies decide to enter a shop window-dressing competition. Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From December 1984.

0506 LASTA Recipe For Disaster19841223
0601A Step In The Right Direction19850810
0602Hilda's Little Wooden Hammer19850817
0603Looking After Lancelot19850824
0604The New Man In The Garden19850831
0605The Doll's House19850907
0606 LASTBusy Line19850914
0701Sweet Charity19850922
0702As Soon As I Touched My Seaweed19850929

Dr Hinge insists that weather forecasters should be a greatdeal more accurate - and Dame Hilda has one or two ideas for helping them.

0703An Electric Shock19851006
0704The Lady They Call The Gypsy19851013
0705A Law Unto Herself19851020
0706 LASTThe Last Of The Old Racoonians1985102719851101

Dame Hilda feels that a very special anniversary in her life - if not in Dr Hinge's - deserves a celebration.

0801Something To Look Back On1986070619860711
0802On The Tiles19860713
0803Pom-poms In The Park19860720
0804Doctor's Oak19860727
0805The Coalman Cometh19860803
0806A Lobster Through The Letterbox19860810
0806Lobster Through The Letter Box19860810
0807Face To Face19860817
0808 LASTNight Train To Stackton Tressel1986082419860829
0901A Very Good Year For Pumpkins1987052919870920

Preparations for the Harvest Festival are a worry for Dame Hilda - but as far as Dr Hinge is concerned, all is safely gathered in!.

0902Standing In For Inky19870605

An assignation for Dame Hilda - in the church porch - in the twilight.

Dr Hinge jumps to all sorts of conclusions...!.

0903Memories Are Made Of This19870612

A most curious and mystifying experience for our ladies - and it all began with a chance encounter in the Willow Plate Tea Room.

0904Putting The Boot In19870619

It would be an understatement to say that Dr Hinge is camera-shy - whereas point a camera at Dame Hilda, ask her to say ""Cheese"" - instant love affair!.

0905Give A Little Whistle19870626

Dame Hilda is confronted by a piece of modern technology - thanks to Dr Hinge.

0906Troubles With A Donkey1987070320130430 (BBC7)
20130501 (BBC7)

Dame Hilda just cannot resist animals - and when she meets one as friendly as Modestine, well - Dr Hinge, however, is not won over so easily.

Are the dear ladies really the right people to look after a donkey?

0907Constant Dripping1987071020130507 (BBC7)
20130508 (BBC7)

There's always trouble of one sort or another when Dr Hinge's mother comes to stay at the Old Manse.

Her recent visit was no exception.

An unwelcome visitor turns an absence of water into a trauma.

0908 LASTStackton Tressel - The Movie1987101719871108

Alright, so it isn't ""Ben Hur"" - but it is a film, an exciting project - and our two ladies respond to the challenge.

1001A Bad Day At Blilder's Barn19890226

Our two ladies have reservations, but Roland Quartermaine is in no doubt, his production of ""The Sailor's Return"" by James Potts will be play to remember.

And he's right.

1002The Italian Job1989030519890310

Dr Hinge is intrigued, and not a little frustrated - Dame Hilda has a secret - and she isn't going to share it.

1003Together Again19890312

Our two ladies entertain some old friends and colleagues from their Rosa Charles Opera Company days - An evening for memories - plus the occasional ""hiccup"".

1004A Case For Calves-foot Jelly1989031920130514 (BBC7)
20130515 (BBC7)

What is wrong with Maud? Will a speciality dish help her recover?

What is wrong with Maud? Will a speciality dish help her recover? Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From March 1989.

1005A Trip To The Castle (part 1)1989032619890331
19900518 (R2)

Dame Hilda is looking forward to her short stay at the Hinge family home in Scotland.

Dr Evadne is less enthusiastic - she fears the worst and is not disappointed.

Contributors

Graham Crowden (Actor)

Patrick Fyffe (Actor)

George Logan (Actor)

Donald Douglas (Actor)

Sheila Keith (Actor)

Gerald Frow (Author)

John Fawcett-Wilson (Producer)

Recorded on 1988-11-28.

1006A Trip To The Castle (part 2)1989040219890407
19900525 (R2)

Winter comes at last to Castle Hinge and our two ladies have to ""rough it"".

But they do try to cope - albeit in their own individual ways - Contributors

Graham Crowden (Actor)

Patrick Fyffe (Actor)

George Logan (Actor)

Donald Douglas (Actor)

Sheila Keith (Actor)

Gerald Frow (Author)

John Fawcett-Wilson (Producer)

Recorded on 1988-11-28.

1007Tokens Of Regard1989040919890414

""Money is the root of all evil"" - it's also a continual source of friction between our two ladies.

According to Dame Hilda, Evadne is ""stingy"".

Evadne accuses Dame Hilda of ""extravangance"".

1008 LASTUp In Evadne's Room1989041619890421

What is the mystery of Dr Hinge's room? Why is she so secretive about it? Dame Hilda is curious - and we all know what curiosity did.