During WW2, in a fictional British seaside town, a ragtag group of Home Guard local defense volunteers prepare 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)
Edward Sinclair ...
 Verger Maurice Yeatman (49 episodes, 1968-1977)
Colin Bean ...
 Private Sponge (46 episodes, 1968-1977)
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 Reverend Timothy Farthing (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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Daar komen de schutters  »

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John Le Mesurier was unsure about taking the part as he was finishing the final series of George and the Dragon (1966) and did not want another long-term television role. He was persuaded both by an increase in his fee-to £262 10s (£262.50) per episode-and by the casting of his old friend Clive Dunn as Corporal Jones. 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 »

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Godfrey: Sir. I wouldn't want to roam the countryside ravishing maidens.
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Followed by Dad's Army (2016) See more »

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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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