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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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Series cast summary:
 Capt. George Mainwaring / ... (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
 Sgt. Arthur Wilson (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
 LCpl. Jack Jones (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
 Pte. James Frazer (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
 Pte. Charles Godfrey (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
 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)
 Chief Warden Hodges / ... (60 episodes, 1968-1977)
Edward Sinclair ...
 the Verger / ... (49 episodes, 1968-1977)
Colin Bean ...
 Private Sponge (44 episodes, 1968-1977)
 the Vicar / ... (40 episodes, 1969-1977)


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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Release Date:

31 July 1968 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Daar komen de schutters  »

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(80 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the cast generally got on well with each other there were problems between some actors. John Laurie intensely disliked Arnold Ridley and Arthur Lowe and Clive Dunn did not get on due to the two mens personal politics ( Lowe was a loyal High Conservative and Dunn an enthusiastic committed Socialist). See more »


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 »


Godfrey: Oh I do wish that Captain Mainwaring would let my sister Dolly knit him a suit of armour.
Frazer: Never mind Godfrey son. If anything goes wrong we'll get him out with a tin opener.
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Referenced in 'We Are the Boys...': John Laurie (2006) See more »


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You Stupid Boy!
10 December 2003 | by (Hawaii, USA) – See all my reviews

Capt. Mainwaring would frequently utter the above phrase, and then immediately do something much more stupid than young Private Pike could ever accomplish. This is one of the reasons why this colorful program is one of my favorites (pardon my American English spelling).

The scripts are good, but what really make this show brilliant are the great characters and the wonderful actors. It must have been very difficult to get elderly actors to do zany slapstick comedy, but the directors managed to do it beautifully.

The contrast of young and old, and middle class and working class people in perpetual conflict is really great fun to watch. More egos are deflated in this series than ever before, and with hilarious results.

Instead of watching the horrible news accounts of the Iraq War, watch a video tape of Dad's Army. This a very funny remembrance of a much better era.

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