The Herbs and The Adventures of Parsley

On this page ..... All the official episode titles and original transmission dates .... confirmed for the 1st time.
                                  Hardly riveting stuff I'll grant you. But all part of the story nonetheless
The episode titles

The episode titles have often been misquoted and have sometimes been totally wrong.
Admittedly not something that's going to keep anyone awake at night ! But since this is The Herbs site let's try and get it sorted once and for all - if only for the sake of accuracy.Starting with the reasons for all the confusion ....

- Neither series showed any on-screen episode titles in the opening or closing credits.

- The Herbs ones were given titles in the Radio Times. But The Adventures of Parsley ones were not.

- Episode titles for both series were sometimes included on VHS sleeves,and sometimes not.And those episodes that were featured on more than one,often varied from one to another.Ditto the Dvd's.

- And some different variations were also used for the books.

In other words .... it's all over the shop,and a bit of a Dill's dinner really. But ....


The proper,official titles are all confirmed here for the first time anywhere.

And that goes for the 1st transmission dates too [ which aren't straightforward either ! ] ....

The 1st transmission dates

100% definite : -

All the 1st Broadcast dates for both The Herbs and The Adventures of Parsley are the actual ones.
It's the 1st time they've appeared anywhere and were sourced by me directly from all the relevant issues of the Radio Times.

As mentioned above,The Herbs episode titles were all printed.But The Adventures of Parsley ones weren't. 
But the order they appeared in has been supplied by the Rights holders.
Although they couldn't supply the 1st broadcast dates,hence some of the following gaps ...

Still to be confirmed : -

- The last episode of The Adventures of Parsley called "Old Memories"

This one's very odd,because I can't find it anywhere.
And I've dug sufficiently deep into 1970 to conclude that it was never actually broadcast 1st time around -for whatever reason.
A conclusion that's also backed-up by it's failure to appear on any of the vhs releases - the only episode that didn't.
And whilst it did finally surface on dvd,there's clearly some sort of story to be told.

- The 1st broadcast dates for the last 3 Herbs episodes are also still unknown.

The first 10 are nice and sequential. Appearing every monday for 10 weeks straight.
But I've been unable to trace the last 3.
Although I can at least confirm that they definitely weren't shown in weeks 11 to 13,or in the immediate weeks thereafter.

So,if you can help fill in any of the gaps then please do -email on home page 
1. Mon. 12th Feb.      Parsley's Tail

2. Mon. 19th              Sage's Nest Blows Down

3. Mon. 26th              Belladonna the Witch

4. Mon. 4th March     Tarragon and the Eggs

5. Mon. 11th              The Chives Catch Colds

6. Mon. 18th              Pashana Bedhi,Snake Charmer

7. Mon. 25th              Miss Jessop Tidies Up
8. Mon. 1st April            Parsley and the Circus Lion

9. Mon. 8th                    Sage's Singing Lessons

10. Mon. 15th                Sir Basil's Fishing Expedition

11. Strawberry Picking    See "Still Pending" above

12. The Show                  See "Still Pending" above

13. The Birthday Party    See "Still Pending" above
The Herbs  1968
All these 1st Herbs broadcasts were shown in the same BBC 1 lunchtime,"Watch With Mother" slot.

Colour tv wasn't to arrive on the BBC for another year and a half,so they were all originally broadcast in black and white. Although the producers did have the foresight to shoot them in colour,fortunately for all concerned !
The Adventures of Parsley  1970
1Mon. 6th April  Cowboys and Indians (Radio Times entry)

2. Tues. 7th        Aunt Mint's Barbecue Party

3. Wed. 8th        Toothache

4. Fri. 10th          Dill's Who's Who Entry

5. Mon. 13th       Parsley's Invention of a Mechanical Dog

6. Wed. 15th      Holiday's at Home 

7. Mon. 20th       Parsley at a Loose End

8. Tues. 21st      Dill's Restaurant

9. Wed. 22nd     Sage's Birthday

10. Fri. 24th       Buried Bones

11. Mon. 27th     The Conch Shell

12. Tues. 28th    Putting on a Show

13. Wed. 29th     Works of Art by Dill

14. Fri. 1st May  The Crystal Ball

15. Mon. 4th       Dill's Day

16. Tues. 5th      The Quiz
17. Wed. 6th          Dill's Television Set

18. Fri. 8th              Eggs and a Golf Ball 

19. Mon. 11th         On Strike

20. Tues. 12th        The Pop Group

21. Wed. 13th        Mahatma Dill

22. Fri. 15th           The Art of Self Defence

23. Mon. 18th         Parsley's Insomnia

24. Tues. 19th        Parsley's Car

25. Wed. 20th        Dill Learns French

26. Thurs. 21st       School Prize

27. Fri. 22nd           Dill's One Dog Show

28. Tues. 26th        Dill's Garage

29. Wed. 27th        The Endurance Test

30. Thurs. 28th       Ugh Day

31. Fri. 29th            Taxi Service

32. Old Memories    See "Still Pending" above.
All the Adventures of Parsley episodes made their debut in the same BBC 1 5.44pm slot,just before the early evening news.

And all were broadcast in colour,although many people still didn't have a colour tv license so would only have seen them in black & white.( colour had only arrived on the BBC in the autumn of 1969,and was phased in gradually)

You'll notice that the dates are not all completely sequential. And the various reasons are as follows:-

1) They were only shown monday to friday.None at the weekends.

2) For most of the run,no episodes were broadcast on a thursday either ....

The length of the weekly Basil Brush Show meant there wasn't enough time to fit one in.
But when that series ended it was replaced by a different,slightly shorter programme which enabled the 2 late-in-the-day thursday appearances on May 21st & 28th

3) There was no broadcast on April 14th due to coverage of the Budget.

4) There was no broadcast on April 17th due to coverage of Apollo 13 (which really sets the show in its historical context !)

5) There was no broadcast on May 25th due to the Bank Holiday "Grandstand" program.