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The Men from the Ministry - British Radio Comedy

Episode List for The Men from the Ministry

Please see acknowledgements at end. Dates and titles are taken from the Radio Times- in some cases the BBC has published differing dates. Some programs were broadcast first on overseas services. Some programs were not broadcast on the published dates due to late program changes.

In the first two series One was played by Wilfred Hyde White.

In subsequent years One was played by Derek Guyler. Many of the WHW episodes were remade with DG and broadcast as shown below.

Date

Title

 

SEASON ONE

30 Oct 1962

The Great Footwear Scandal

06 Nov 1962

The Big Rocket

13 Nov 1962

Strictly for the Birds

20 Nov 1962

French Cricket

27 Nov 1962

The War with the Isle of Wight

04 Dec 1962

Moderately Important Person

11 Dec 1962

The Rhubarb Pirates

18 Dec 1962

A Matter of Form

25 Dec 1962

The Magic Carpet

01 Jan 1963

The Spy in Black Pin-Stripe

08 Jan 1963

Island in the Sun

15 Jan 1963

Problem in the Park

22 Jan 1963

The End of the Road

 

SPECIAL

24 Dec 1964

A Present for Norman

 

SERIES TWO

25 Jul 1965

Pirates of Lakeview Reservoir

01 Aug 1965

Something About a Soldier

08 Aug 1965

The Trouble with Cecil

15 Aug 1965

Mahboni Lies Over the Ocean

22 Aug 1965

The Man Who Made It Rain

29 Aug 1965

Train of Events

05 Sep 1965

A Degrading Business

12 Sep 1965

The Butcher of Glensporran

19 Sep 1965

Counter Spies

26 Sep 1965

A Question of Redundancy

03 Oct 1965

A Back Dated Problem

10 Oct 1965

The Hole

17 Oct 1965

The Day the Martians Came

 

SERIES THREE

11 Dec 1966

Rebel in Regent's Park

18 Dec 1966

A Terrifying Weapon

25 Dec 1966

The Post Office Pantomime

01 Jan 1967

All at Sea

08 Jan 1967

Bowler Hats and Sub-Machine Guns

15 Jan 1967

On the Run

22 Jan 1967

A Gift for Sir Gregory

29 Jan 1967

The Whitehall Circus

05 Feb 1967

Customs of the Country

12 Feb 1967

Getting the Bird

19 Feb 1967

The Girl in the Case

26 Feb 1967

The Thing on the Beach

05 Mar 1967

A Slight Case of Demolition

12 Mar 1967

The Fastest Ship in the World

 

FOURTH SERIES

18 Feb 1968

The Battle of the River Thames

25 Feb 1968

The Tubby Submarine

03 Mar 1968

A Matter of Breeding

10 Mar 1968

The Great Showbiz Fiasco

17 Mar 1968

Up the Poll

24 Mar 1968

Waterway to Go

31 Mar 1968

Dam Nuisance

07 Apr 1968

The Fastest Brolly in the West

14 Apr 1968

Lamb Takes a Gambol

21 Apr 1968

Four Men in a Wellington

29 Apr 1968

Out of this World

05 May 1968

Muddlers-in-Law

12 May 1968

What has Four Wheels and Flies?

 

FIFTH SERIES

15 Feb 1969

A Rotten System

22 Feb 1969

Non-Vintage Bomb

01 Mar 1969

The Ship that Wagged its Tail

08 Mar 1969

A Brush with an Old Master

15 Mar 1969

All Play and No Work

22 Mar 1969

A Sticky Business

An alternative arrangement, titles and dates for the above programs exists with the suggestion that they were made for broadcast outside the UK: 25.3.69 A Rotten System; 1.4.69 A Brush with an Old Master; 8.4.69 All Pay and No Work; 15.4.69 A Sticky Business; 22.4.69 The Home Brewed Non Vintage Bomb (with Graham Stark); 29.4.69 The Ship that wagged its Tail.

 

SIXTH SERIES

30 Jun 1970

Bye-Bye Mildred

07 Jul 1970

Bare Necessities

14 Jul 1970

Storm in a Tea Urn

21 Jul 1970

The Moving Target

28 Jul 1970

Oil Well That Ends Well

04 Aug 1970

The Bigger the Better

11 Aug 1970

Trouble in the Air

18 Aug 1970

Miss Chartterly's Lover

25 Aug 1970

The Pudding from Outer Space

01 Sep 1970

A Little of what you Fancy

08 Sep 1970

A Bird in the Hand

15 Sep 1970

Bringing the House Down

22 Sep 1970

Fair Exchange

29 Sep 1970

Bill Stickers is Innocent

 

SEVENTH SERIES

29 Jul 1971

Rolling In It

05 Aug 1971

Up, Up and Away

12 Aug 1971

Thoroughly Modern Ministry

19 Aug 1971

We All Make Mistakes

26 Aug 1971

The Foolproof Fool

02 Sep 1971

Rotten to the Corps

09 Sep 1971

Transatlantic Trouble

16 Sep 1971

The Finger of Suspicion

23 Sep 1971

Just the Ticket

29 Nov 1971

Gone to Pot

 

EIGHTH SERIES

11 Jul 1972

The Conference Trick

18 Jul 1972

The Night we Crept into the Crypt

25 Jul 1972

How Now, Brown Cow

01 Aug 1972

Sorry, Wrong Number

08 Aug 1972

The Desk Job

15 Aug 1972

Fowl Play

22 Aug 1972

Something of Value

29 Aug 1972

Taking Leave of Their Census

 

NINTH SERIES

06 Mar 1973

That's My Pigeon

13 Mar 1973

Don't Let Them Needle You

20 Mar 1973

Find the Lady

27 Mar 1973

Bridge Under Troubled Waters

03 Apr 1973

A Private Affair

10 Apr 1973

Food for Thought

17 Apr 1973

Getting it Taped

24 Apr 1973

Safe and Unsound

01 May 1973

The Export Caper

08 May 1973

Flushed with Success

15 May 1973

Under the Weather

22 May 1973

Monkey Business

29 May 1973

Cheesed Off

 

SERIES TEN

17 Jun 1974

Plane Madness

24 Jun 1974

Vipers in the Bosom

01 Jul 1974

Great Guns

08 Jul 1974

I Want My Mummy

15 Jul 1974

One Man's Meat

22 Jul 1974

Ballet Nuisance

29 Jul 1974

Sky High

05 Aug 1974

A Break for Sir Gregory

12 Aug 1974

Health and Deficiency

19 Aug 1974

Big Deal

26 Aug 1974

They Fry By Night

02 Sep 1974

In the Picture

09 Sep 1974

She'll Have to Go

 

SERIES ELEVEN

26 May 1975

Nothing but the Vest

02 Jun 1975

That's My Baby

09 Jun 1975

All that Glitters

16 Jun 1975

Torn to Shreds

23 Jun 1975

Wool Over Their Eyes

30 Jun 1975

This, VAT & the Other

07 Jul 1975

The Great Trouser Troubles

14 Jul 1975

The Cabinet Crisis

21 Jul 1975

Chain Reaction

28 Jul 1975

All Change

04 Aug 1975

A Merry Dance

11 Aug 1975

A Sense of Power

18 Aug 1975

Postal Disorder

 

SERIES TWELVE

06 Jul 1976

All Cisterns Go

13 Jul 1976

A Problem Shared

20 Jul 1976

The Whitehall Castaways

27 Jul 1976

Off the Railes

03 Aug 1976

Penny Wise

10 Aug 1976

A Turn for the Nurse

17 Aug 1976

Seal of Office

24 Aug 1976

Birmingham is Revolting

 

SERIES THIRTEEN

04 Jul 1977

Mission Inedible

11 Jul 1977

Horse Play

18 Jul 1977

The Big Big "Big Ben" Bungle

25 Jul 1977

A Motley Crew

01 Aug 1977

Not On Your Telly

08 Aug 1977

One Way Only

15 Aug 1977

Take Your Pick

22 Aug 1977

Claws (The Claw of the Panda)


The following comments have been received from the BBC (January 2003):
The remakes of the earlier Wilfred Hyde White episodes with Derek Guyler were recorded in stereo in 1980 for the BBC Transcription Service. Only "Christmas Spirit" (which was a remake of "The Magic Carpet") has been broadcast in the UK.
This was on Radio 2 at 1300 on 26.12.90 as a tribute to Richard Murdoch who died earlier in that year.

Update: Beginning December 2011 BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly BBC7) rebroadcast these episodes.

Generally speaking many episode titles changed between the recording and the TX in the UK and overseas. Some scripts were revised and recorded at a later date, again with a new sub-title.


The following "series 14" transcription shows made in 1980 with Derek Guyler exist. Most of these are remakes of the Wilfred Hyde White episodes. (see BBC note above)-

     New title:             Old title:
01. Boots                   The Great Footwear Scandal
02. Pardon My French        French Cricket
03. Traffic Diversions      The End of the Road
04. Watch This Space        The Big Rocket
05. Birds of a Feather      Strictly for the Birds
06. Where There's a Will    Problem in the Park aka Cast in Stone
07. The Country Caper       The Rhubarb Pirates aka Down on the farm
08. Ban The Wotsit          A Terrifying Weapon
09. A Testing Time          A Degrading Business
10. Pushing the Vote Out    Up The Poll
11. Gone To Earth           The Hole
12. Computaclanger          The Trouble With Cecil
13. A Great Convenience     A Slight Case Of Demolition
14. The Christmas Spirit    The Magic Carpet

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (All errors are mine)

Ken Ince; Andrew Pixley; David Rand; Nigel Deacon; Don Hannah; Michael Yates; Roger Bickerton, ORCA;

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