Andrew Steele


Series 1

1. Fair Shares

Chester-Perry's owner Sir Reginald is in the building, and rumour has it that he planning a takeover bid for Miles and Rudge, a firm across the street. Bristow wonders to Jones if they can make a bundle of money by buying shares in Miles and Rudge prior to the takeover being completed. He finds that everyone in the typing pool, and probably all the staff, know of the future merger which threatens his plan. When Sir Reginald heads up to the Buying Department, Bristow sets about urgently tidying the office but leaves paper all over the floor which causes the post boy to fall, and along with Jones and Prunella Peach, have to deal with removing him while Fudge screams at them. This ends up with Miss Sunman also injuring her leg, before Sir Reginald also falls.

2. Follow That Star

In the work canteen, which is rated three-stars but notoriously bad, Bristow relates the story of how it came to be rated so highly. Bristow arrives to work late, and on the way into the building, meets an inspector from the company food review magazine. The subsidised canteen is out of bounds to non-employees however Bristow is keen to get him in to allow it to be reviewed. Agreeing to meet the man at lunch, he spends the morning canvassing opinions on whether he'll be able to get away with inviting in a guest, though everyone agrees it is against the rules. Pushing ahead, Bristow convinces the man to pretend to be a dustman to get past security, and he attempts to borrow Jones identification badge though security is quickly called. At the sound of security dogs, the reviewer agrees to give a number of stars to the canteen in exchange for being shown the escape tunnel.

3. The Girl Next Door

Bristow and Jones realise that the neighbouring company's office has a new girl who attracts attention, leading to Jones having a change of attitude. Bristow however tries to keep on with his work as word spreads around the office. Attempting to chase up an order for seven months prior, Bristow ends up trapped in a loop of telephone redirects and menu systems trying to reach someone who can rectify the situation, though he still fails to fix the issue when he is fobbed off and hung up on by anyone who actually talks to him. His inability to fix the order, and having the window open leads to Bristow being shouted at by Fudge. Eventually, attention for the new girl across the way reaches fever pitch and tens of people pile into Jones and Bristow's office, leading to Fudge screaming at the pair for some time. The same girl eventually moves in across the road from Bristow.

4. Sun, Sea and Sabotage

Bristow arrives at work to find that Hewitt is wanting to book his usual holiday slot of early July, despite Jones warning Hewitt not to rock the boat. Attempts between the pair to negotiate changing their holidays result in Hewitt claiming he has already booked for the slot. Bristow begins to query which travel agent he has used, though Hewitt hasn't booked anywhere leading him to lie about the situation. Bristow embarks on tracking down the fly-by-night travel agent which he believes has scammed Hewitt. With Bristow proving tenacious, and preventing Hewitt from getting down to working on Fudge's order, he begins to avoid Bristow. Bristow however tracks him up to the roof and "saves" him from from committing suicide.

5. Stranger on a Train

Bristow meets a man on the train who is applying for a job at Chester-Perry, while at work Jones is planning on applying for a role at Miles and Rudge. They also discover a temporary tea lady is working instead of Mrs Purdy, after previously working some time at Miles and Rudge. The post boy also questions how Bristow is able to ignore Fudge so easily when he is screaming. Jones plots how to get away in the afternoon for his interview, and while discussing the issue at dinner, Jones steals the rugby ball from some Miles and Rudge employees, before breaking his glasses to get an excuse to go "home". On returning from his interview, Jones quickly finds that he is wasting his time when the interviewer turns out to be the person he stole the ball from.

6. The Great Escape

Preparing for a vacation, Bristow is looking forward to escaping for a week, with Hewitt and Jones left grumbling at having to take up his slack. Meanwhile, the Post Boy is feeling sorry for himself with little future at Chester-Perry and constantly being shouted at by Fudge. Bristow heads off on holiday to Mudsea, and meets a variety of people who also used to work for Chester-Perry, though a number of them seem to have been fired for "saying something out of turn" or have been sacked because of something done by Bristow. The switching on of the Mudsea illuminations also goes wrong when a power failure is caused by a ship crashing into the harbour wall, after the captain takes advice from Bristow.

Series 2

1. When Melancholy Autumn Comes to Chester-Perry

2. The Power of the Press

3. Mr. Bristow Regrests

4. The Girl in the Yellow Overcoat

Series 3

1. Of Moles and Men

2. The Good, the Bad and the Temporary

3. Chapter and Verse

4. Rapaying Mr. Piper