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The Goods Train

Parsley Sidings, Series 2 Episode 5 of 10

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.

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30 minutes

Last on

Mon 1 Aug 2016 19:00