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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 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)
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 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)
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 Rangi Ram (36 episodes, 1974-1977)
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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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3 January 1974 (UK)  »

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O moeder wat is het heet  »

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Leonard Rossiter originally auditioned for the part of Sergeant Major Williams, but was rejected by creators Jimmy Perry and David Croft because he arrogantly demanded that his part be re-written to match his own views of how he saw the character. See more »

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

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Rangi Ram: [the Sgt-Major has managed to annoy a fortune teller] Oh, Sergeant-Major, he is cursing you. He say all your teeth fall out.
BSM Williams: Oh, dear, how sad, too late.
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Funnier Than Dad's Army
27 September 2000 | by (scotland) – See all my reviews

Dad's Army may be a classic but this series by the same scriptwriters involving a similar but more youthful crowd of army misfits generally has more laughs per episode and is a lot funnier. The scene after the closing titles where Sergeant Major Williams barks "shut up" at Char Wallah Mohammed never ceases to be funny. The series lost something when Michael Bates died (you know, there's an old Hindu proverb....). Don Estelle has a marvellous singing voice and another running joke in the programme was the performances where he played romantic heroes like Nelson Eddy or Ivor Novello and he'd have Melvyn Hayes (Gloria) as his leading lady. This programme has been frequently criticised as racist but frankly the various Indians, Malaysians and Burmese who used to appear in it were usually portrayed as smarter and more sorted out than the Sergeant Major and his platoon. Sergeant Major Williams has a fair bit of trouble with the King's English (degrading to the Welsh?), Gunner Atlas Mackintosh takes offence very quickly, particularly with Gloria (insulting to Scots?) and Captain Ashwood is an upper-class twit (so that degrades the English?). The BBC seems to show Dad's Army practically every waking day and "It Ain't Half Hot Mum" should be seen more often too. It's a classic and has a big fan following.


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