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The complete first and second series of the charming railway station comedy starring Arthur Lowe, Ian Lavender and Kenneth Connor.

Parsley Sidings ran for two highly successful series from 1971-1973 and was the only radio sitcom (other than Dad’s Army) to star the much-loved Arthur Lowe. As Horace Hepplewhite, station master of a sleepy railway station, he spends his time dealing with small crises and supervising his errant staff - including his son, ticket clerk Bert; blonde bombshell Gloria the station announcer; crafty Cockney porter Percy; and ancient signalman Bradshaw - not to mention his nemesis, Phineas Perkins, who manages the station one stop down the line.

This collection includes all 21 episodes of the classic comedy, many of which were thought lost but were recently rediscovered and restored for fans to enjoy once more. Included are: 'The Royal Train', 'The Market Special', 'The Postal Express', 'The Beauty Queen Contest', 'The Inspector Calls', 'The 1890 Rocket', 'The Excursion', 'Cricket, Lovely Cricket', 'Who’ll Be Mother?', ' The Concert', 'Goodbye Parsley Sidings', 'Pass the Parcel', 'The Flower Show', 'The Entente Cordiale', 'A Night Out', 'The Goods Train', 'A Bird in the Hand', 'The Purity League', 'The New Level Crossing', 'The Film Makers', and 'The Secret Agent'.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Ian Lavender as Bert, Kenneth Connor as Percy and Liz Fraser as Gloria, with guest stars including Elizabeth Morgan, Pat Coombs, Bill Pertwee and Roger Delgado.

Please note: Due to the archive nature of this recording sound quality may vary and that some of the humour in this programme reflects the era in which it was first broadcast.

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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  • keith
  • 11-03-19

Comedy at its best

Love this Arthur Lowe at his very best and anything with Kenneth Connor in it worth listening to more comedy like this on audible please I discovered this and it sticks out half a mile another with Arthur Lowe and dad's army stalwarts john le mesurier bill pertwee and Ian lavender both great comedies I love BBC comedies

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  • Darran Hughes
  • 10-27-19

Parsley sidings

Humour from the past and if I’m completely honest, I don’t think it’ was that funny back then. If your expecting (like I was) Dads Army humour, then you will not find it here. I bought this because of the actors, it was nice to hear them once more.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-12-19

Great fun

Great fun with an excellent cast of actors with interesting characters. Very good quality recording . Would recommend.

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  • Leslie Read
  • 11-02-20

Too repetative

Although it's good to hear Arthur Lowe again, This series is too full of cheap gags. What's more is that most are repeated many times throughout the series. I lost track of all of the times Bradshore sent the a train the wrong way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-19

Arthur lowe

funny programmes Arthur Lowe at his best. joke of the railway still hold. like ITS 1245 THE 1215 TO EUSTON IS DUE

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-19

Great comedy

some episodes were of poorer audio quality but brilliant classic comedy performances as expected. wished it had been filmed

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  • Jackie
  • 09-06-20

Railway Life

This recording was funny. It is good British humour at it's best.
well done Thanks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-20

Very good but very much of its time.

very much of its time, like stepping back to a different age. But that is very much part of its charm.
Sound quality on a few episodes not quite up to the mark, but overall a light hearted comedy which reflects when it was written.

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  • BP1
  • 05-04-20

Oh dear Mr Mainwairing, what a carry on.

Dad's Army meets a Carry On film and brings out the worst in both. James Connor comes across as a sleazy, charmless version of Walker (and Bradshaw is an atrocious vehicle for 'humour'). The other characters work well enough and are fairly well written (although they are very repetitive when approached over a series). Whilst 'It sticks out half a mile' is another flawed post-script to Dad's Army, it has a good deal more charm than this.

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  • mrs julie gilroy
  • 04-16-20

hilarious

loved it ,easy listening ,very relaxing and funny ,made me laugh more than once,thank you