It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974–1981)

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The comic adventures of a group of misfits who form an extremely bad concert party touring the hot and steamy jungles of Burma entertaining the troops during World War II.

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Series cast summary:
Windsor Davies ...
 Battery Sergeant-Major 'Shut Up' Williams (56 episodes, 1974-1981)
Melvyn Hayes ...
 Bombardier 'Gloria' Beaumont / ... (56 episodes, 1974-1981)
Donald Hewlett ...
 Colonel Charles Reynolds (56 episodes, 1974-1981)
Don Estelle ...
 Gunner 'Lofty' Sugden (56 episodes, 1974-1981)
Michael Knowles ...
 Captain Jonathan Ashwood (56 episodes, 1974-1981)
Christopher Mitchell ...
 Gunner 'Parky' Parkin (56 episodes, 1974-1981)
John Clegg ...
 Gunner 'Padoruski' Graham (56 episodes, 1974-1981)
Stuart McGugan ...
 Gunner 'Atlas' Mackintosh (56 episodes, 1974-1981)
Dino Shafeek ...
 Char Wallah Muhammed (56 episodes, 1974-1981)
Mike Kinsey ...
 Gunner 'Nosher' Evans (56 episodes, 1974-1981)
Kenneth MacDonald ...
 Gunner 'Nobby' Clark (56 episodes, 1974-1981)
Barbar Bhatti ...
 Punka Wallah Rumzan (43 episodes, 1974-1978)
 Rangi Ram (36 episodes, 1974-1977)


The comic adventures of a group of misfits who form an extremely bad concert party touring the hot and steamy jungles of Burma entertaining the troops during World War II. Written by Mark Smith <>

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3 January 1974 (UK)  »

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It Ain't Half Hot Mum  »

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(56 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The opener, "Meet the Boys", was originally recorded in January 1973 as a one-off instalment for the BBC's Comedy Playhouse (1961) anthology series (almost certainly for its' twelfth season). However reaction to it was so positive that the edition was held back to start off a proper series once a further seven episodes had been written. See more »


In early episodes Gunner Graham claims to be educated at Oxford but later on he claims to be educated at Cambridge. See more »


[repeated line]
BSM Williams: Move yerselves, move yerselves!
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Referenced in The Kumars: Episode #1.4 (2014) See more »

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27 October 2004 | by (Rotterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The series has been rerun by Dutch TV lately, and really, it was in fact the only program I really enjoyed 5 times a week for a long time. Lovely boys, lovely series!!!!! The show has lost none of its freshness, wit and edge. SM Williams as the prototype British drill sergeant and the bedraggled concert party which remind me a lot of the stories depicted in Spike Milligan's war memoirs. The final episode with the demob scenes I found very touching. It was very realistically depicted with the war heroes returning to a drab Blythe and viewed with disdain and even contempt by the civvies they were "protecting".

I really hope that the BBC will air the show again. I miss it!!!!

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