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The Men from the Ministry

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by John Lavalie

Last updated:
Fri, 05 May 2006 23:00

aired from: Oct 1962
to: 1980
161 eps BBC Radio 2 / BBC Radio 4
BBC Light Programme / BBC World Service
30 min

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               Original
  Episode #    Air Date    Episode Title
_____ _______ ___________ ______________________________________________

1st Series 1962  BBC Light Programme

    1.   1- 1   Oct 30 62   The Great Footwear Scandal
    2.   1- 2   Nov  6 62   The Big Rocket 
    3.   1- 3   Nov 13 62   Strictly for the Birds
    4.   1- 4   Nov 20 62   French Cricket
    5.   1- 5   Nov 27 62   The War with the Isle of Wight
    6.   1- 6   Dec  4 62   Moderately Important Person
    7.   1- 7   Dec 11 62   The Rhubarb Pirates
    8.   1- 8   Dec 18 62   A Matter of Form
    9.   1- 9   Dec 25 62   The Magic Carpet
   10.   1-10   Jan  1 63   The Spy in the Black Pin-Stripe
   11.   1-11   Jan  8 63   Island in the Sun
   12.   1-12   Jan 15 63   Problem in the Park
   13.   1-13   Jan 22 63   The End of the Road

Christmas Special 1964

   14.   S- 1   Dec 24 64   A Present for Norman

2nd Series 1965

   15.   2- 1   Jul 25 65   Pirates of Lakeview Reservoir
   16.   2- 2   Aug  1 65   Something About a Soldier 
   17.   2- 3   Aug  8 65   The Trouble with Cecil
   18.   2- 4   Aug 15 65   Mahboni Lies Over the Ocean
   19.   2- 5   Aug 22 65   The Man Who Made It Rain
   20.   2- 6   Aug 29 65   Train of Events
   21.   2- 7   Sep  5 65   A Degrading Business
   22.   2- 8   Sep 12 65   The Butcher of Glensporran
   23.   2- 9   Sep 19 65   Counter Spies
   24.   2-10   Sep 26 65   A Question of Dundancy
   25.   2-11   Oct  3 65   A Back-Dated Problem
   26.   2-12   Oct 10 65   The Hole
   27.   2-13   Oct 17 65   The Day the Martians Came

3rd Series 1966

   28.   3- 1   Dec 11 66   Rebel in Regents Park
   29.   3- 2   Dec 18 66   A Terrifying Weapon
   30.   3- 3   Dec 25 66   The Post Office Pantomime
   31.   3- 4   Jan  1 67   All at Sea
   32.   3- 5   Jan  8 67   Bowler Hats and Sub-Machine Guns
   33.   3- 6   Jan 15 67   On the Run
   34.   3- 7   Jan 22 67   A Gift For Sir Gregory
   35.   3- 8   Jan 29 67   A Whitehall Circus
   36.   3- 9   Feb  5 67   Customs of the Country
   37.   3-10   Feb 12 67   Getting the Bird
   38.   3-11   Feb 19 67   The Girl in the Case
   39.   3-12   Feb 26 67   The Thing on the Beach
   40.   3-13   Mar  5 67   A Slight Case of Demolition 
   41.   3-14   Mar 12 67   The Fastest Ship in the World

4th Series 1968  BBC Radio 2

   42.   4- 1   Feb 18 68   The Battle of the River Thames
   43.   4- 2   Feb 25 68   The Tubby Submarine
   44.   4- 3   Mar  3 68   A Matter of Breeding
   45.   4- 4   Mar 10 68   The Great Showbiz Fiasco
   46.   4- 5   Mar 17 68   Up the Poll
   47.   4- 6   Mar 24 68   Waterway to Go
   48.   4- 7   Mar 31 68   Dam Nuisance
   49.   4- 8   Apr  7 68   The Fastest Brolly in the West
   50.   4- 9   Apr 14 68   Lamb Takes a Gambol
   51.   4-10   Apr 21 68   Four Men in a Wellington
   52.   4-11   Apr 28 68   Out of This World
   53.   4-12   May  5 68   Muddlers-In-Law
   54.   4-13   May 12 68   What Has Four Wheels and Flies?

5th Series 1969  BBC Radio 4

   55.   5- 1   Mar 25 69   A Rotten System
   56.   5- 2   Apr  1 69   A Brush with An Old Master
   57.   5- 3   Apr  8 69   All Play and No Work
   58.   5- 4   Apr 15 69   A Sticky Business
   59.   5- 5   Apr 22 69   The Home-Brewed Non-Vintage Bomb
   60.   5- 6   Apr 29 69   The Ship That Wagged It's Tail

6th Series 1970

   61.   6- 1   Jun 30 70   Bye-Bye Mildred 
   62.   6- 2   Jul  7 70   The Bare Necessities 
   63.   6- 3   Jul 14 70   Storm in a Tea-urn
   64.   6- 4   Jul 21 70   The Moving Target
   65.   6- 5   Jul 28 70   Oil Well That Ends Well
   66.   6- 6   Aug  4 70   The Bigger the Better
   67.   6- 7   Aug 11 70   Trouble in the Air
   68.   6- 8   Aug 18 70   Miss Chaterley's Lover
   69.   6- 9   Aug 25 70   The Pudding from Outer Space
   70.   6-10   Sep  1 70   A Little of What You Fancy
   71.   6-11   Sep  8 70   A Bird in the Hand
   72.   6-12   Sep 15 70   Bringing the House Down
   73.   6-13   Sep 22 70   Fair Exchange
   74.   6-14   Sep 29 70   Bill Stickers Is Innocent

7th Series 1971

   75.   7- 1   Jul 29 71   Rolling in It 
   76.   7- 2   Aug  5 71   Up Up and Away
   77.   7- 3   Aug 12 71   Thoroughly Modern Ministry
   78.   7- 4   Aug 19 71   We All Make Mistakes
   79.   7- 5   Aug 26 71   A Foolproof Fool
   80.   7- 6   Sep  2 71   Rotten to the Corps
   81.   7- 7   Sep  9 71   Transatlantic Trouble
   82.   7- 8   Sep 16 71   The Finger of Suspicion
   83.   7- 9   Sep 23 71   Just the Ticket

Special 1971

   84.   S- 2   Nov 29 71   Gone to Pot

8th Series 1972

   85.   8- 1   Jul 11 72   The Conference Trick 
   86.   8- 2   Jul 18 72   The Night We Crept Into the Crypt
   87.   8- 3   Jul 25 72   How Now, Brown Cow
   88.   8- 4   Aug  1 72   Sorry, Wrong Number
   89.   8- 5   Aug  8 72   The Desk Job
   90.   8- 6   Aug 15 72   Fowl Play
   91.   8- 7   Aug 22 72   Something of Value
   92.   8- 8   Aug 29 72   Taking Leave of Their Census

9th Series 1973

   93.   9- 1   Mar  6 73   That's My Pigeon
   94.   9- 2   Mar 13 73   Don't Let Them Needle You
   95.   9- 3   Mar 20 73   Find the Lady
   96.   9- 4   Mar 27 73   Bridge Under Troubled Water
   97.   9- 5   Apr  3 73   A Private Affair 
   98.   9- 6   Apr 10 73   Food For Thought
   99.   9- 7   Apr 17 73   Getting It Taped
  100.   9- 8   Apr 24 73   Safe and Unsound
  101.   9- 9   May  1 73   The Export Caper
  102.   9-10   May  8 73   Flushed with Success
  103.   9-11   May 15 73   Under the Weather
  104.   9-12   May 22 73   Monkey Business
  105.   9-13   May 29 73   Cheesed Off

10th Series 1974

  106.  10- 1   Jun 17 74   Plane Madness
  107.  10- 2   Jun 24 74   Vipers in the Bosom
  108.  10- 3   Jul  1 74   Great Guns
  109.  10- 4   Jul  8 74   I Want My Mummy
  110.  10- 5   Jul 15 74   One Man's Meat
  111.  10- 6   Jul 22 74   Ballet Nuisance
  112.  10- 7   Jul 29 74   Sky High
  113.  10- 8   Aug  5 74   A Break For Sir Gregory
  114.  10- 9   Aug 12 74   Health and Deficiency
  115.  10-10   Aug 19 74   Big Deal
  116.  10-11   Aug 26 74   They Fry By Night
  117.  10-12   Sep  2 74   In the Picture
  118.  10-13   Sep  9 74   She'll Have to Go

11th Series 1975

  119.  11- 1   May 26 75   Nothing But the Vest
  120.  11- 2   Jun  2 75   That's My Baby
  121.  11- 3   Jun  9 75   All That Glitters
  122.  11- 4   Jun 16 75   Torn to Shreds
  123.  11- 5   Jun 23 75   Wool over Their Eyes
  124.  11- 6   Jun 30 75   This VAT and the Other
  125.  11- 7   Jul  7 75   The Great Trouser Troubles
  126.  11- 8   Jul 14 75   The Cabinet Crisis
  127.  11- 9   Jul 21 75   Chain Reaction
  128.  11-10   Jul 28 75   All Change
  129.  11-11   Aug  4 75   A Merry Dance
  130.  11-12   Aug 11 75   A Sense of Power
  131.  11-13   Aug 18 75   Postal Disorder

12th Series 1976

  132.  12- 1   Jul  6 76   All Cisterns Go
  133.  12- 2   Jul 13 76   A Problem Shared
  134.  12- 3   Jul 20 76   The Whitehall Castaways
  135.  12- 4   Jul 27 76   Off the Rails
  136.  12- 5   Aug  3 76   Penny Wise
  137.  12- 6   Aug 10 76   A Turn for the Nurse
  138.  12- 7   Aug 17 76   Seal of Office
  139.  12- 8   Aug 24 76   Birmingham Is Revolting

13th Series 1977

  140.  13- 1   Jul  4 77   Mission Inedible
  141.  13- 2   Jul 11 77   Horse Play
  142.  13- 3   Jul 18 77   The Big Big Big Ben Bungle
  143.  13- 4   Jul 25 77   A Motley Crew
  144.  13- 5   Aug  1 77   Not on Your Telly
  145.  13- 6   Aug  8 77   One Way Only
  146.  13- 7   Aug 15 77   Take Your Pick
  147.  13- 8   Aug 22 77   Claws

14th Series 1980?  BBC World Service?

  148.  14- 1          80   Boots
  149.  14- 2          80   Pardon My French
  150.  14- 3          80   Traffic Diversions
  151.  14- 4          80   Watch This Space
  152.  14- 5          80   Birds of a Feather
  153.  14- 6          80   Where There's a Will
  154.  14- 7          80   The Country Caper
  155.  14- 8          80   Ban the Wotsit
  156.  14- 9          80   A Testing Time
  157.  14-10          80   Pushing the Vote Out
  158.  14-11          80   Gone to Earth
  159.  14-12          80   Computaclanger
  160.  14-13          80   A Great Convenience
  161.  14-14          80   The Christmas Spirit
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