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Release Date:
31 July 1968 (UK) See more »
During WW2,in a fictional British seaside town,a ragtag group of Home Guard local defense volunteers prepares for an imminent German invasion. Full summary »
1 win & 9 nominations See more »
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My favourite comedy series of all time See more (38 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 77)

Arthur Lowe ... Capt. George Mainwaring / ... (80 episodes, 1968-1977)

John Le Mesurier ... Sgt. Arthur Wilson (80 episodes, 1968-1977)

Clive Dunn ... LCpl. Jack Jones (80 episodes, 1968-1977)

John Laurie ... Pte. James Frazer (80 episodes, 1968-1977)

Arnold Ridley ... Pte. Charles Godfrey (80 episodes, 1968-1977)

Ian Lavender ... Pte. Frank Pike (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
James Beck ... Pte. Joe Walker (60 episodes, 1968-1973)

Bill Pertwee ... Chief Warden Hodges / ... (60 episodes, 1968-1977)
Edward Sinclair ... the Verger / ... (49 episodes, 1968-1977)
Colin Bean ... Private Sponge (44 episodes, 1968-1977)

Frank Williams ... the Vicar / ... (40 episodes, 1969-1977)

Series Directed by
David Croft (71 episodes, 1968-1977)
Harold Snoad (5 episodes, 1969-1970)
Bob Spiers (4 episodes, 1977)
Series Writing credits
David Croft (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
Jimmy Perry (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
Harold Snoad (1 episode, 1970)

Series Produced by
David Croft .... producer (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
Series Film Editing by
Bob Rymer (21 episodes, 1969-1973)
Bill Harris (15 episodes, 1970-1974)
John Stothart (4 episodes, 1975)
John Dunstan (4 episodes, 1977)
Series Production Design by
Paul Joel (49 episodes, 1968-1973)
Robert Berk (7 episodes, 1975)
Alan Hunter-Craig (6 episodes, 1968)
Bryan Ellis (6 episodes, 1974)
Ray London (4 episodes, 1969)
Richard Hunt (3 episodes, 1969)
Tim Gleeson (3 episodes, 1977)
Geoff Powell (3 episodes, 1977)
Oliver Bayldon (2 episodes, 1969)
Series Costume Design by
Susan Wheal (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Series Makeup Department
Sylvia Thornton .... makeup artist (20 episodes, 1974-1977)
Cynthia Goodwin .... makeup artist / make up (6 episodes, 1970-1972)
Penny Bell .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1970-1971)
Anna Chesterman .... make up / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Series Sound Department
Michael McCarthy .... sound / sound: studio (45 episodes, 1969-1976)
Les Collins .... sound recordist / film sound (12 episodes, 1970-1972)
John Gatland .... sound recordist / film sound (9 episodes, 1973-1974)
James Cole .... sound (8 episodes, 1968-1969)
John Delany .... sound (6 episodes, 1972)
Alan Machin .... sound / sound: studio (6 episodes, 1975)
Laurie Taylor .... sound: studio / sound (6 episodes, 1977)
John Holmes .... sound (4 episodes, 1969-1970)
Ron Blight .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 1972)
Bill Chesneau .... film sound (4 episodes, 1975)
Graham Bedwell .... film sound (4 episodes, 1977)
Keith Bowden .... grams operator (4 episodes, 1977)
Clive Derbyshire .... boom operator (3 episodes, 1973)
Mike Roberts .... grams operator (2 episodes, 1977)
Series Special Effects by
Peter Day .... special effects (7 episodes, 1969)
Series Visual Effects by
Peter Day .... visual effects (15 episodes, 1970-1975)
Martin Gutteridge .... visual effects (4 episodes, 1977)
Tony Harding .... visual effects (2 episodes, 1972)
Jim Ward .... visual effects (2 episodes, 1974)
Series Stunts
Rick Lester .... stunt actor (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Howard King .... lighting / studio lighting (60 episodes, 1969-1977)
James Balfour .... film cameraman (26 episodes, 1969-1973)
George Summers .... lighting (17 episodes, 1968-1970)
Stewart A. Farnell .... film cameraman (12 episodes, 1970-1972)
Peter Chapman .... film cameraman (8 episodes, 1975-1977)
Alan Jonas .... film cameraman (6 episodes, 1968)
Len Newson .... film cameraman (4 episodes, 1974)
Series Animation Department
Animator .... animator: Andrew Gubba / animator: Dave Connolly / ... (1 episode, 1969)
Lead Animator .... key animator: Chris Bowles (1 episode, 1969)
Background Art .... background artist: Daryl Joyce (1 episode, 1969)
Character Art .... character designer: Martin Geraghty (1 episode, 1969)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Husband .... costumes (14 episodes, 1975-1977)
Susan Wheal .... costumes (8 episodes, 1972-1974)
Maggie Partington-Smith .... assistant costume designer / assistant costume designer: 1973 (7 episodes, 1973)
George W. Ward .... costumes (3 episodes, 1968-1970)
Michael Burdle .... costumes (2 episodes, 1969)
Barbara Kronig .... costumes (2 episodes, 1970)
Series Editorial Department
Angela Beveridge .... vision mixer (6 episodes, 1977)
Series Music Department
Band of H.M. Coldstream Guards .... musicians: band / musician: band / ... (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
Trevor L. Sharpe .... conductor: The Band of the Coldstream Guards / conductor (80 episodes, 1968-1977)
Series Other crew
Charles Garland .... series editor (31 episodes, 1968-1977)
Jo Austin .... production assistant (8 episodes, 1975-1976)
Bob Spiers .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1974)
Susan Belbin .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1977)
Gordon Elsbury .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1977)
Judy Littler .... floor assistant (6 episodes, 1977)
Hilary West .... producer's assistant (6 episodes, 1977)
Brendan Carr .... technical manager (5 episodes, 1977)

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Also Known As:
30 min (80 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Singapore:PG

Did You Know?

John Laurie and Arnold Ridley both fought in World War One and both were wounded and invalided out of the army.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Mainwaring:I wondered how long it would take you to work that one out.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
My favourite comedy series of all time, 6 November 2002
Author: BritishFilms1 from Scotland

WARNING: This review contains spoliers

"Dad's Army" has got to be my favourite comedy series of all time.

It is about the adventures of a Home Guard platoon on the South Coast of England during World War II. Pompous bank manager Mr Mainwaring [Arthur Lowe] is Captain of the platoon. He is assited by his chief clerk Arthur Wilson [John Le Mesurier] who is the Home Guard sergeant.

The other main characters who formed the platoon were 70 year old devoted solidier Lance-Corporal Jack Jones [Clive Dunn] who fought in the Sudan under the command of General Kitchener during the 1880s, James Frazer [John Laurie], a doom-and-gloomy old Scotsman who runs an undertakers in Walmington-on-Sea [the town where the series is situated], who was formerly a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy [my favourite character], retired Menswear salesman Charles Godfrey [Arnold Ridley], the platoon's medical orderly who lived in a country cottage with his sisters [Dolly and Cissy], Cockney "spiv" Joe Walker [James Beck] who was usually seen with various lady friends and was well-known for being able to obtain rationed goods for people [if they paid him for them] and finally, Frank Pike [Ian Lavender], the youngest member of the platoon who was very much a "mummy's boy" and usually made a mess of things, Mainwaring was often heard to describe him as a "stupid boy".

Another regular character was the Chief Air Raid Warden, Mr Hodges [Bill Pertwee], who expressed a severe dislike for Mainwaring and his men, due to the fact that they often curtailed his plans. He referred to Mainwaring as "Napoleon" and the two soon developed an instant dislike for each other, doing more fighting among themselves rather than with the Germans [!]. There was also other regulars including Mrs Pike [Janet Davies], Pike's mother and Wilson's girlfriend, Wilson being Pike's Uncle Arthur. Mrs Fox [Pamela Cundell], a resident of the town who had a long-running relationship with Jones, before the two eventually married in the final episode and OAP Mr Blewitt [Harold Bennett] was also seen many times.

Many guest stars were also seen in the programme including Barbara Windsor ["EastEnders" as a theatre star], Nigel Hawthorne ["Yes Minister" as a man on a bike], Wendy Richard ["EastEnders" as Walker's girlfriend], Carmen Silvera ["Allo Allo" as Mainwaring's lady friend], Geoffrey Hughes ["Coronation Street" as a bridge controller], Phillip Madoc [a German Captain], Peter Butterworth ["Carry On" films as a printer] and Fulton MacKay ["Porridge" as a doctor].

This has to be the best British comedy series of all time and if it doesn't make you laugh, I don't know what will.

10 out of 10!

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