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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The programme was filmed on the Severn Valley Railway, with the part of Hatley station being played by the Arley SVR station in Upper Arley. See more »


[Wilfred knocks at the door.]
Wilfred Schumann: Come in!
[he lets himself in]
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Oh Auntie, What have you done?
2 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was yet another gem from the writing and performing team behind "Hi-de-Hi" and "You rang M'Lord?". It was on on a Sunday night at 6.30 and it was absolutely fantastic. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Jeffrey Holland. He is a very sexy man and an incredible actor. Seeing him play a miserable man after watching him as funny man Spike Dixon is a delight. Paul Shane is a bit hit and miss. I have never rated him as an actor, but I like his delivery of funny lines. He is a comedian, not an actor. Su Pollard is a delight as always, she is a very funny actress and her eye rolls are brilliant. Stephen Lewis is good but not used as much as I would like. He has made a career from playing the same character in nearly every show he is in. Pay special attention to the actor who plays Wilfred, he is so funny, even when he doesn't have a line. It's a shame that this series wasn't given as much backing as other shows on the Beeb. It is fascinating watching the characters deal with the possibility of losing their station. This is a series that should have been allowed to mature, it is a gentle comedy, not having to rely on horrible characters (apart from the obvious- "Doctor Beeching")or bad language It was set during the 1960's and the characters were waiting for Doctor Beeching to decide whether or not he was closing down the railways. Sometimes the acting was a bit hit-or-miss, or the jokes were b it vague, but n the whole it was a fantastic show. It's only a shame it isn't repeated as much as Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em or Only Fools and Horses. In life today we need a gentle comedy like this to remind us that we can ave a laugh and enjoy ourselves. I'm only glad that both series have been released to buy, I have just rushed out and bought them. Come on, everyone knows the theme tune, sung by the cast: "Oh Doctor Beeching, What have you done? There were once lots of trains to catch, But soon there will be none. I'll have to buy a bike Cuz I can't afford a car, Oh Doctor Beeching, What a naughty man you are!" Come On BBC, give us more, PLEASE!!!!

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