Actually Alan you're right! That was a bit of a sweeping statement on my part - after all Dad's army started on radio the following year and as you can guess I love that!
Indeed it did, but I wouldn't necessarily consider the Dad's Army radio series 'radio' in its own right, being adapted like Steptoe and Son from a TV original. I'm thinking more of radio originals like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and shows like Radio Active, both of which I love. And in more recent years Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar has been superb, along with probably many I've yet to discover (I'm always behind the game!).
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Where did those pictures come from Col? Because that montage in the second row on the left was made by me, haha, and the one below it from the Radio Times is also on my website.
I thought I'd post some images of Parsley Sidings and just googled the title - the result of which you see above - after editing of course. I actually thought, Dave, that the image you mention was an official product from the BBC. Does that mean it is and you were commissioned to produce a suitable photo for the cover, or someone has just made it up to look like an official product?
Post by Andy Howells on Feb 13, 2019 5:15:58 GMT 12
Haha I recognise the collage on the top right because I did that on my old website! I'm suspecting the programme billing on the bottom row also originated from me as well. That was from the 1971 Christmas Radio Times! There was also a second billing featuring Kenneth Connor!
I always thought the CD cover was a bit disappointing showing a publicity shot of Ian taken about 40 years later and an LDV image of Arthur from Dad's Army and a photo of Kenneth from Allo allo. None of the images really match the characters.Still I suppose the BBC at least officially released some episodes!
I actually thought, Dave, that the image you mention was an official product from the BBC. Does that mean it is and you were commissioned to produce a suitable photo for the cover, or someone has just made it up to look like an official product?
The only official Parsley Sidings product ever released (as far as I'm aware) is the one CD, which you have pictured top left. All the others are either fan made or - BOO HISS! - bootlegs sold at places like ebay.
Post by Andy Howells on Feb 13, 2019 9:22:52 GMT 12
Yes, I think when the CD came out there were only four episodes of listenable quality that could make up the one volume. They could probably do a few more now after the recoveries but I'm not sure how many people would have bought the first collection.
Post by Alan Hayes on Feb 13, 2019 11:04:42 GMT 12
I think there were more good quality recordings available by that point. The CD was issued in 2012 and AudioGO went into administration the next year, which was one reason there was no follow up release. It Sticks Out Half a Mile was similarly ended after only some of the series had been released by the company.
Since BBC Audiobooks entered in their new arrangement with Random House the strategy has changed and they now tend to release full series CD sets or at least a series-run at a time, and perhaps they are not convinced there's the interest for series sets of Parsley Sidings (though surely a ISOHAM release must come sometime!).
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Post by Alan Hayes on Feb 13, 2019 20:59:30 GMT 12
The CD contains 4 episodes: Goodbye Parsley Sidings, The Entente Cordiale, A Night Out and The New Level Crossing, the latter of which was a much improved copy compared to the one that had been doing the rounds.
BBC Radio 4 Extra are nearing the end of their current run of the series now.
Post by Alan Hayes on Feb 19, 2019 12:18:05 GMT 12
I'd guess that by that time the decision had been taken to roll it out into a series, so it would have been advantageous to give listeners another chance to hear the opener.
It does seem odd, slotting a pilot episode in the week after a run of All Gas and Gaiters had finished in the same timeslot and before another comedy series, Just Perfick, commenced its own run at the same time the next week.
Post by Andy Howells on Mar 14, 2019 6:36:08 GMT 12
Listening to the final episode of Parsley Sidings now - The Secret Agent - Arthur is just brilliant in this episode when Valentine thinks Hepplewhite is sinister!
The episode has a touch of the Titfield Thunderbolt about it.
Its a shame there was never any further episodes or a TV adaptation featuring the original cast, although I imagine that the joke of Kenneth Connor playing multiple roles might have got lost on screen!
War veteran Hedley Green has been the station master of Burberry Halt railway station for 30 years. It is a quiet, run-down country station on the Milchester line that sees three trains a day. Hedley stills wears the uniform of the Great Western Railway and uses a 1933 rule book. He is assisted by Peter Pringle. Hedley and Peter's time is mostly spent dealing with crises caused by the area manager Mr Potts, who is later replaced by Mr Pitts.
Certainly has similarities to Parsley Sidings and, later, Oh Doctor Beeching!.
Both Parsley Sidings and The Train Now Standing appear to have been developed and produced at pretty much the same time as each other.
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Surprisingly, for a series of that era, all 15 episodes that were made of The Train Now Standing survive. Considering this, I'm quite surprised that it's not been released on DVD by the prolific Network label who have the rights to issue this as it's a London Weekend Television show.