1955 called up into R.A.F. a group of young men find it hard to cope,especially with a corporal who is unhappy and takes it out on them.
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Tony Selby ...
 Cpl. Percy Marsh (34 episodes, 1975-1978)
David Janson ...
 Ken Richardson (34 episodes, 1975-1978)
Gerard Ryder ...
 Matthew Lilley (34 episodes, 1975-1978)
Brian Pettifer ...
 Bruce Leckie (34 episodes, 1975-1978)
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 Jakey Smith (27 episodes, 1975-1977)
Lori Wells ...
 Alice Marsh (22 episodes, 1975-1978)
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1955 called up into R.A.F. a group of young men find it hard to cope,especially with a corporal who is unhappy and takes it out on them.

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A Classic
18 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just to say that those who would like to see again this classic 70's sitcom (and a rare good one from ITV), check out a certain well known video sharing site. Like others, I recall watching this as a kid, my Dad who did National Service, though in the army, loved it too and thought it realistic. The writers both did National Service in the RAF in the 1950's. A classic line, from the very first episode, from the wonderful Tony Selby as the fearsome NCO, 'my name is Marsh, that's B-A-S-T-A-R-D!' As well as giving Robert Lindsay his first major role, before another well remembered part where he was also named 'Smith'. I don't think there has been any real intention of not repeating this series due to some PC concerns, it's just got lost in the crowd of 70's sitcoms, though popular it's just not as well known as others like 'Porridge'. It might be that the BBC just looks after it's sitcom legacy better. The corporate convulsions of the old ITV network in the 1990's and 2000's might also have played a part here.


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