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The Secret Agent

Episode 10 of 10

Stationmaster Hepplewhite is warned to expect a VIP, but events take a surprising turn. Stars Arthur Lowe. From December 1973.

Stationmaster Horace Hepplewhite is warned to expect a VIP, but events take a surprising turn.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Kenneth Connor as Valentine/ Bradshaw/Updike and train driver, Liz Fraser as Gloria, Ian Lavender as Bert, John Baddeley as Prince Abdul.

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 December 1973.

30 minutes

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