Dad's Army (1968–1977)

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During WW2,in a fictional British seaside town,a ragtag group of Home Guard local defense volunteers prepares for an imminent German invasion.

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 Capt. George Mainwaring / ... (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
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 Sgt. Arthur Wilson (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
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 LCpl. Jack Jones (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
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 Pte. James Frazer (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
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 Pte. Charles Godfrey (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
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 Pte. Frank Pike (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
Bud Flanagan ...
 The Voice of (76 episodes, 1968-1977)
James Beck ...
 Pte. Joe Walker (60 episodes, 1968-1973)
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 Chief Warden Hodges / ... (60 episodes, 1968-1977)
Edward Sinclair ...
 the Verger / ... (49 episodes, 1968-1977)
Colin Bean ...
 Private Sponge (44 episodes, 1968-1977)
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 the Vicar / ... (40 episodes, 1969-1977)
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Popular BBC comedy series set in the fictional south coast seaside town of Walmington-On-Sea during World War 2. Alternating moments of gentle character comedy with broad slapstick, it recounts the misadventures of the local voluntary defence force (or 'Home Guard') consisting of men too old or 'unfit' for military service. They are led by the pompous Mainwaring, manager of the local bank, and consist of the suave, mild-mannered Sergeant Wilson , Lance-Corporal Jones, the town's butcher and an old soldier prone to hysteria, cockney spiv Walker, dour Scots undertaker Frazer, gentle, elderly and incontinent Godfrey and dim-witted mummy's boy, Pike, whose mother is 'friendly' with Wilson. They are based in the Church hall where there is much friction between Mainwaring, the effeminate Vicar, his creeping Verger and ARP Warden Hodges (the grocer) who calls Mainwaring 'Napoleon' and strongly dislikes him. The 80 episodes (the last 68 made in colour) have been frequently repeated, many are ... Written by Allen Dace <a.w.dace@maff.gov.uk>

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31 July 1968 (UK)  »

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Trivia

Three episodes of this series (Dad's Army: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker (1969), Dad's Army: A Stripe for Frazer (1969) and Dad's Army: Under Fire (1969)) are no longer thought to exist (although the off-air soundtrack to one, Dad's Army: A Stripe for Frazer (1969), was recovered in 2008), after an archive purge at the BBC in the 1970s saw the destruction of the only known copies. Until recently, there were five missing episodes (all from the second season) before an appeal by the BBC called "Treasure Hunt" saw the return of two 16mm film recordings (Dad's Army: Operation Kilt (1969) and Dad's Army: The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage (1969)) taken from the original video tapes. These recordings had been dumped in a skip outside the Elstree Studios when they were found and taken home by one of the studio staff, 30 years before. After seeing the 'Treasure Hunt' appeal on TV in 2001, the prints were returned by a friend of the staff member, to whom the prints had been entrusted. See more »

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Throughout the series LCPL Jones is the only member of the platoon to wear medal ribbons on his uniform. Frazer, Wilson, and Godfrey (and possibly others) all saw service in WWI and would have medals and ribbons, and would most likely have worn them proudly as well. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Pike: Mum won't like it, Uncle Arthur.
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Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr. Hitler?
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Written by Derek Taverner and Jimmy Perry
Performed by HM Band of Coldstream Guards
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Simply the Best
16 December 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

To say that I love this show is an understatement. Comedies may come and go and have their moment, such as Royle Family or One Foot in the Grave, but there are precious few thats allure and appeal are timeless. Dad's Army is one such comedy.

A mix of subtle scripting, with gentle humour and a cast that is unsurpassed in sitcom history makes even the odd mediocre episode a pure joy to watch.

The casting is a joy with the characters so broadly defined and so well rounded the episodes almost write themselves around the situation that the individual episode is based on.

Also ponder for a moment the irony of the fact that Dads Army became hugely popular after the death of the majority of the cast.

An all time classic.


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