Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Take A Trip To Rediscovered Parsley Sidings On BBC Radio 4 Extra

Colourised image
of Arthur Lowe from
Radio Times 1971
Several episodes of the early 70s radio sit-com Parsley Sidings written by Jim Eldridge and starring Arthur Lowe, Ian Lavender, Kenneth Connor and Liz Frazer were recently returned to the BBC archive and thanks to some technical wizardry and the help of original announcer Keith Skues will be rebroadcast on BBC radio 4 extra from this Thursday.

The series set on a sleepy railway station featured Dad's Army's Arthur Lowe as Horace Hepplewhite and Ian Lavender as his son Bertrand. They were joined in each episode by Carry On Stalwarts Kenneth Connor and Liz Frazer, plus a variety of guest stars including Bill Pertwee and Roger Delgado.

The episodes which were originally broadcast on BBC Radio 2 between 1971 and 1973 were wiped in the early 70s and only a handful remained within the BBC archive. These have been repeated several times on BBC 7 and Radio 4 Extra over the last decade, four episodes of which were released on AudioGO earlier this year.

The recordings of missing episodes were recorded off the radio at the time of broadcast although and were complete all but for the original announcements made by Keith Skues at the end of the programmes. Thankfully Keith has stepped in to rerecord his original contributions so these shows can be enjoyed in their entirety once again.

So all aboard BBC Radio 4 Extra this Thursday as the original pilot episode from 1971 can be heard once again at 08:00 Hrs, 12:00 Hrs and 19:00 Hrs...

Read more about Keith Skues role in helping bring back Parsley Sidings to the radio

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