Two Pipe Problems. Image shows from L to R: William Parnes (Richard Briers), Sandy Boyle (Stanley Baxter). Copyright: Catherine Bailey Productions Limited.

Two Pipe Problems

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama. 13 episodes (7 series), 2007 - 2013. Stars Stanley Baxter, Richard Briers, Geoffrey Palmer, Jillie Meers and Tracy Wiles.

Series 4, Episode 2 - The Memory Man Forgets

The Old Beeches' very own memory man, Billy Small, loses his memory.

Further details

Billy, 85, had total recall of a huge range of entertaining facts but after a trip home to his native Yorkshire, he returns to The Old Beeches totally devoid of any memory of who he is or of any of the amazing facts he used to be so proud to display.

Resident sleuths William and Sandy fancy a mini-break away from the home and take Billy back to Little Fell, the old mining town where he grew up. There they meet his daughter and his granddaughter, but discover that Billy not only alienated the whole mining community during the last miners' strike by supporting his pitman son in returning to work, but appears now to have lost the love and support of his daughter.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 23rd June 2010
BBC Radio 4
45 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Stanley Baxter Sandy Boyle
Richard Briers William Parnes
Guest cast
Teresa Gallagher Karen
David Holt Billy Small
Geoffrey Whitehead Railway Man/Harry
Julia Ford Myra
Anne Reid Rose
Writing team
Michael Chaplin Writer
Production team
Marilyn Imrie Director
Marilyn Imrie Producer