The Orange One wrote:
I think I might want to rewrite the bit about Constable Chalfont too. My Over The Top contributions seem to be very controversial (Canon Bury fleshed out and both Constable Chalfont and Parson S. Green made women).
I don't think they're particularly controversial, it's just a case of different people seeing the name and taking the character off in different directions, unaware of each other's efforts. RobbieM said that he hadn't read Over The Top until recently, so when the names "Chalfont and Latimer" were re-used in Off the Rails (as friars from the monastery) it was quite an obvious choice to make them ex-policemen. Beck does say "they used to be constables, I think
", so it's possible that she was mistaken. I introduced PC Chalfont in Hidden Underground but I've no particular preference either way (the character doesn't actually say anything, since she/he is summoned to a road accident at the start of the interrogation).
As far as Parson S. Green is concerned, it's a bit muddled but not too hard to sort out. The parson is first heard on BBC Radio Kent right at the beginning of Hidden Underground, talking about a new camera; the text says "he" there but it would be straightforward to reword it so that the gender is unspecified. Later on, in a conversation between Don and Ken Sington, we learn of a Sal Green who used to call herself Hamilton, but at this point there's no connection to the S. Green mentioned at the beginning. (To confuse things even further, John Collier mentions another S. Green - Stepney Green, a theatrical agent.) Then in Over the Top it's revealed that Parson S. Green and Sal Green are one and the same. I think the character makes sense from then on.