Scout of the Yard
Scout of the Yard is a ten-part radio drama all about a crime-fighting Border Collie named Scout. Scout doesn’t always get things right but sometimes he really makes the other farm animals think!
Scout of the Yard was Narrated by Jho Harris
The Players are: Hazel McLynn Llyod
Richard Carroll, Ailbhe Hines, Terry McDonagh, and Jho Harris.
The Production Assistant was Peter McParland
The series was written by Sinead McClure & Jho Harris
Produced for Rtejr Radio by All Points West Radio Productions
And Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee.
Hay! Where have all the oats gone?!
Scout is on his way to the river when he notices that the field which had a fine crop of golden oats is now empty. Blaming a gang of marauding moles for pulling the crop down into the ground his trusty companion Jack the Donkey explains that there are no moles in Ireland Scout then points the finger of blame squarely at the farms’ herd of goats. He rounds them up scaring them half to death and will not accept their explanation that they are innocent.
Enjoying a few minutes play with his ball Scout notices that the sheep who had lovely coats of wool just the evening before is now almost bald, his logic tells him that the geese must have stolen it to make extra warm bedding for the goslings; after something of a standoff between Scout and the gander, Scout eventually cross-examines the lead gander. Who can’t throw any light on how the sheep lost their wool?
Steak Out on the cattle!
Some of the cattle are missing, most notably the one-year-old heifers. Who would steal them and why only target one group? Scout deduces that it has to be the horses, jealous of the lush pasture the cattle enjoy. Reaching a wall of silence on the issue Scout decides a stakeout is necessary and he is encouraged to do so!
Scout is relaxing with his friend Jack the donkey when he hears a commotion over at the chicken coop, he dashes over to find that all the hens are singing at the top of their voices that they have just laid an egg, the next morning the same thing happens and when Scout congratulates them on having two eggs the hens tell him that yesterdays eggs are gone and the same thing happens everyday. This is too big a job for Scout on his own so he tries to enlist the help of his friend Jack The Donkey and even has a role for Ginger the farm cat, who is only too happy to mind the eggs!
Parents and Kids Napped!
Scout is flabbergasted; Bran seems to be sleeping late and not interested in going to work, he is not amused when Scout tries to wake him. Warning him to stay well clear of him for the rest of the day no matter what. Scout does not know where to turn when there are no signs of life at the farmhouse, none of the family are anywhere to be seen but all the usual cars and tractors are parked in the yard. Has someone kidnapped the family? Scout needs to get to the bottom of this one.
Stalking the pigs!
While walking back from the farm gate where he had just accompanied young Ronan McGowan to the school bus, Scout is shocked to find the fine green stalks and purple flowers of the potato crop gone and the field churned to mud. This time there can be no mistake most of the animals on the farm were grazers but the pigs are a different matter, they can churn up a field in no time and are more than partial to potatoes.