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Oh Doctor Beeching! 

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


A comedy in the tradition of Hi-de-hi. and You Rang, M'Lord, 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) See more »

Also Known As:

Oh Doctor Beeching! Akire a mozdony füstje nem hatott See more »

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(12 episodes) | (8 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Jack's birthday is the 4th of April. See more »


Vera Plumtree: My late husband had a labrador. He was an engine driver you know.
May: [sardonically] What, the labrador?
Vera Plumtree: No, my late husband. Now and then from time to time, he'd get this far away look in his eye, and he'd be away for days, until he'd satisfied his yearnings.
Ethel Schumann: What, your husband?
Vera Plumtree: No, the labrador!
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Wonderful Slapstick Fun!
24 January 2007 | by LuisaGalloSee 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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