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Parsley Sidings
Old Time Radio Show

Parsley Sidings was a BBC Radio sitcom created by Jim Eldridge. It starred Arthur Lowe and Ian Lavender (who were also starring in the television wartime sitcom Dad's Army at that time), together with Kenneth Connor from the Carry On films.

The scripts are by Jim Eldridge (who would later go on to write for many more series, the most successful being the BBC's King Street Junior). The show is set in a sleepy out of the way railway station on the main line between London and Birmingham, in the Midlands.

The main characters are the station master, Mr Horace Hepplewhite (played by Arthur Lowe); his son, Bertrand (Ian Lavender); station porter Percy Valentine (Kenneth Connor); Mr Bradshaw, the signalman (also played by Kenneth Connor); and station tannoy announcer Gloria Simpkins (Liz Fraser, who was also in the Carry On films, and appeared in the Dad's Army feature film). The guest cast in some episodes included Bill Pertwee (also from Dad's Army, appearing in episode 11) and Roger Delgado. The announcer for the programme was Keith Skues.

The series was produced by Edward Taylor, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 2. Due to the BBC's former practice of wiping tapes after the broadcast of a show, only a minority of the 21 episodes produced were still in the BBC archive - Goodbye, Parsley Sidings and The Entente Cordial are aired on BBC Radio 4 Extra occasionally and have always been in the BBC archives, while A Night Out, A Bird in the Hand and The Secret Agent were recovered between 2001 and 2003 as off-air recordings from members of the public.

  1. Parsley Sidings Audition (6.6Mb)
  2. The Market Special (6.1Mb)
  3. The Postal Express (6.1Mb)
  4. The Beauty Queen Contest (6.1Mb)
  5. The Inspector Calls (6.1Mb)
  6. The 1890 Rocket (6.1Mb)
  7. The Excursion (6.1Mb)
  8. Cricket, Lovely Cricket (6.1Mb)
  9. Who'll Be Mother? (6Mb)
  10. The Concert (6.1Mb)
  11. Goodbye Parsley Sidings (6.6Mb)
  12. Pass The Parcel (6.1Mb)
  13. The Flower Show (6.4Mb)
  14. The Entente Cordiale (6.6Mb)
  15. A Night Out (6.2Mb)
  16. The Goods Train (6.3Mb)
  17. A Bird In The Hand (6.3Mb)
  18. The Purity League (6.2Mb)
  19. The Secret Agent (6.1Mb)
  20. The Film Makers (6.2Mb)
  21. The New Level Crossing (27Mb)

MP3 files hosted by archive.org.