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)
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 Pte. Joe Walker (60 episodes, 1968-1973)
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 Chief Warden Hodges / ... (60 episodes, 1968-1977)
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 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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Bill Pertwee was president of the Dad's Army Appreciation Society and the author of the book Dad's Army - The Making of a Television Legend. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Polish Officer: You're supposed to keep a look out like soldiers. Not talk like old women. What are your names?
Jones: Jones, sir.
Pike: Pike, sir.
Walker: Smith.
Jones: Walker.
Walker: Oh thanks very much.
Polish Officer: It's no good you try and give me falsies.
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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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The best comedy EVER!
12 June 2001 | by (Redcar, England) – See all my reviews

Dad's Army is the best comedy ever written. It follows the Walmington-On-Sea Home Guard (part time soldiers) during the course of WW2. The platoon is led by the pompous Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe), and the public school educated Sergeant Wilson (John Le Mesurier). Third in command is the decorated veteran Lance-Corporal Jones (Clive Dunn). Also in the platoon are a Cockney black-market dealing Private Walker (James Beck), a Scottish ex-Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer turned Undertaker named Fraser (John Laurie), a medic with bladder trouble named Godfrey (Arnold Ridley) and a mummy's boy named Pike (Ian Lavender). The platoon frequently gets into various types of trouble, and this usually leads to a clash with the Chief ARP Warden Hodges (Bill Pertwee).

The plots and scripts for all of the episodes are superb, and like a fine wine, the series gets better with age!.

An especially funny exchange was in the episode 'The Deadly Attachment' where the platoon are ordered to look after a U-Boat crew for the night. This exchange was recently voted the funniest moment ever in a comedy series!

If you don't watch this brilliant series, make sure you see it soon, and if you don't find it funny, you will never laugh at anything!


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