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Parsley Sidings

The Complete Series 1 and 2
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Film, Radio & TV, General
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Summary

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.

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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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Great fun

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

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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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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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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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Parsley Sidings

Great story line and very comical. How this station managed to stay open is amazing due to the seemingly lack of passengers, though going by the staffs tricks prohaps they sent Beaching around the molberry bush. Although this is a radio series it would be great if it could be made into a TV series though a new cast wold have to be found.

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British comedy,brilliant!!

I love this,funny gentle comedy,sometimes it's what we need,something to laugh at ,no swearing,justplain,silly humour ,buy it,listen after a bad day at work,it you are stuck in bed ill,anytime and have a laugh!! I think older people will love this,comedy and trains ,also a brilliant cast

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LOVELY OLD COMEDY SITCOM

Loved all of the stories . Kenneth Connor's voices were hilarious . Well done cast

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Of its time and that time is certainly not now.

So many stars of the day, but weak and slightly embarrassing.
Not good I’m afraid, none of the jokes have survived and the plots are cringeworthy.
Sorry

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Have Times really changed this much?

I have been buying Audible books almost since it started, own over 1000 and this is the first time I have wanted to return one. Unfortunately I can't as I bought it 33 days ago. It is offensive, puerile and totally unfunny. I love Round the Horne with its filth, Carry on films and innuendo but the non stop stupid comments and guffaws from the Kenneth Connor character about breasts are beyond believe and the plot was pathetic.
I know times change and not all humour has stood the test of time but this was appalling.. Unfortunately it must continue to infect my library.
Bring on something good and wholesome. Where are Julian and Sandy?
Just in case you are in any doubt I didn't like it. Why can't I give it no stars?

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