Oh Doctor Beeching!

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Oh, Doctor Beeching! was a BBC TV sitcom consisting of a pilot episode broadcast on 14 August 1995 and two series broadcast between 1996 and 1997. The cast included Paul Shane, Jeffrey Holland and Su Pollard (former stars of Hi-de-Hi! and You Rang, M'Lord?) and Stephen Lewis, better known as ‘Blakey’ from On the Buses. It was written by written by David Croft and Richard Spendlove

The sitcom was set in the small fictional branch line railway station of Hatley, which was threatened with closure under the Beeching Axe. The filming took place at Arley station, where a row of Victorian railway cottages were built in the yard as a film prop. During filming services would not call at Arley at certain times.

Filming mainly involved Ivatt 2MT 46521, which was named 'Blossom' by cast member Stephen Lewis during a ceremony at Kidderminster town station in February 1996.

Both series are available commercially and can be found on YouTube.


See also

List of film and TV productions filmed on the Severn Valley Railway


British Comedy Guide
Internet Movie Data Base page
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