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The New Level Crossing

Episode 8 of 10

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

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

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Kenneth Connor as Valentine/ Bradshaw, Liz Fraser as Gloria, Ian Lavender as Bert, Bill Pertwee as Mr Ryan and Garrard Green as Sir Henry McVey.

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.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November 1973.

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