Oh Doctor Beeching!. Image shows from L to R: Jack Skinner (Paul Shane), Ethel Schumann (Su Pollard). Copyright: BBC
Oh Doctor Beeching!

Oh Doctor Beeching!

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1995 - 1997
  • 20 episodes (2 series)

Sitcom following the working and personal lives of the staff at Hatley railway station in 1963, under the threat of the Beeching axe. Stars Paul Shane, Su Pollard, Jeffrey Holland, Julia Deakin, Barbara New and more.

Oh Doctor Beeching!. Image shows from L to R: Jack Skinner (Paul Shane), Ethel Schumann (Su Pollard), Cecil Parkin (Jeffrey Holland). Copyright: BBC

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1995 - 1997
Channels
BBC One
Episodes
20 (1 pilot + 2 series)
Stars
Paul Shane, Su Pollard, Jeffrey Holland, Julia Deakin, Barbara New, Stephen Lewis, Ivor Roberts, Perry Benson and more
Writers
David Croft and Richard Spendlove
Director
Roy Gould
Producers
David Croft and Charles Garland
Companies

The year is 1963, and the new station master at the rural outpost of Hatley has just been informed that many of Britain's less-used railway stations could be closed by the head of British Rail, Dr. Beeching.

The staff resolve to do everything that they can to make a good impression and keep the station - and indeed the line - open. Unfortunately, love rivalries, jealousy, short tempers and incompetence combine with a deeply ingrained easy pace of lifestyle at the station to make this a task far easier said than done!

Additional details

Part of

BBC1 Comedy Pilots (1995)

Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 14th August 1995 at 8:30pm on BBC One

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