The trials and tribulations of the staff at Hatley railway station, who are all wondering if Dr Beeching will close them down.




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Series cast summary:
 Jack Skinner (20 episodes, 1995-1997)
Su Pollard ...
 Ethel Schumann (20 episodes, 1995-1997)
Jeffrey Holland ...
 Cecil Parkin (20 episodes, 1995-1997)
Barbara New ...
 Vera Plumtree (20 episodes, 1995-1997)
Stephen Lewis ...
 Harry Lambert (20 episodes, 1995-1997)
Ivor Roberts ...
 Arnold Thomas (20 episodes, 1995-1997)
Perry Benson ...
 Ralph (20 episodes, 1995-1997)
Terry John ...
 Percy (20 episodes, 1995-1997)
Lindsay Grimshaw ...
 Gloria Skinner (20 episodes, 1995-1997)
Paul Aspden ...
 Wilfred Schumann (20 episodes, 1995-1997)
Julia Deakin ...
 May Skinner (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Tara Daniels ...
 Amy Matlock (17 episodes, 1995-1997)


A comedy in the tradition of _"Hi-de-hi!" (1980)_ and _"You Rang, M'Lord" (1990)_, sharing much of the same cast. Set around a railway station in 1960's rural England, the employees of the state run railway system are the usual bunch of misfits, constantly putting their foot in it just trying to live their normal lives. Written by Rob Hartill

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Release Date:

14 August 1995 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Oh Doctor Beeching! Akire a mozdony füstje nem hatott  »

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(12 episodes) | (8 episodes)

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A complete box-set containing both series and all 19 episodes (albeit not including the original pilot as advertised by the BBC) has long been available, distributed by Acorn Media UK. See more »


[Ethel is on the telephone, booking a haircut for a passenger]
Ethel Schumann: Yes, it does grow faster in the summer. Let's hope it doesn't fall out in the autumn!
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Wonderful Slapstick Fun!
24 January 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is a very underrated show, I really don't know why as it's so much fun! Many people think it's less funny than David Croft's other work such as Hidehi and You Rang M'lord, but I would hasten to disagree. The first few episodes are a little slow to get going, but after that it becomes hilarious! Series 2 is even better than Series 1, and I feel that if it had been allowed a 3rd series, it could have become a huge hit! The sunny setting is great and the characters are all wonderful - the Skinner family run Hatley station & take care of all the other staff - potty Ethel & her equally potty son Wilfred; predatory Vera Plumtree whose husband ("he was an engine driver you know") is now deceased, and therefore she now goes for anything in trousers! May Skinner is also a bit of a flirt, especially when new Station Master Cecil Parkin arrives and she realises that he is in fact her old flame

  • and possibly the father of her teenage daughter Gloria!!! Harry

Lambert is a hilarious character, especially in episodes such as "Action Stations" where the staff all have to do role plays to prepare for the visit of Dr Beeching himself! A great series, full of slapstick fun!

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