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 5, Episode 1 - Here Doggie

The Old Beeches care-worker Karen has a new pet; Poppet, a rambunctiously badly behaved Scottie dog.

Further details

Manager Mary issues an ultimatum - the pet goes, or you both go, and Sandy persuades another resident, a retired variety artiste called Norman Naylor who once had a dog-novelty act, to start training the dog on the nearby common.

His wife Nelly, who also lives in the home, sees this as yet another opportunity for her husband to return to his old philandering ways.

And one day, he doesn't return, and neither does Poppet.

William and Sandy follow Norman's trail to an elegant home near the Common, belonging to a retired BBC Home Service announcer called Diana, with whom Norman and Poppet have taken residence. Norman confesses he met her on the common where she was exercising her dog.

Nelly appears, and tells Diana of Norman's skill at picking up women via 'his bloody dogs'. Norman sadly acknowledges it's always been the best way to go a-wooing. Meanwhile Poppet takes off through an open door and heads for a main road nearby, followed by Norman. Tune in to find out what happens next!

Broadcast details

Thursday 11th August 2011
BBC Radio 4
45 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Jillie Meers Mary Winter
Tracy Wiles Karen
Guest cast
Sam Dale Norman
Sam Dale Postie
Sam Dale Post Office Clerk
Honor Blackman Diana
Anne Reid Nellie

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