After a night's heavy drinking Wolfie, Ken, Tucker and Speed wake up on Salisbury Plain to fins a tank that has been left behind from an army exercise, so Wolfie decides that they should ... See full summary »

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After a night's heavy drinking Wolfie, Ken, Tucker and Speed wake up on Salisbury Plain to fins a tank that has been left behind from an army exercise, so Wolfie decides that they should make a statement by driving it to the Houses of Parliament - which they do, only to find them empty due to the summer recess. Wolfie then hides it in Dad's garage - which does not bode well for Dad's garden gnomes. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"We are the T.P.F. We are the people!"
2 June 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Season 3 of 'Citizen Smith' ended with this wonderful, fondly remembered episode.

Wolfie and his pals - Ken, Speed, and Tucker - have gone camping on Salisbury Plain. They do not know it, but they have pitched their tents on land belonging to the Ministry of Defence. Wolfie finds a Scorpion tank left behind from training manoeuvres. Luckily Speed was once in the army, and knows how to drive it. They take the tank back to Tooting, parking it in Charlie's garage. Wolfie thinks the tank is some sort of omen, that the Revolution has finally arrived. The T.P.F. invade the Houses of Parliament...

Thatcher had only been in office a few months when this went out, and I remember punching the air in triumph as the Tooting Popular Front drove their tank across Westminister Bridge. The song - 'We Are The T.P.F.' - is very much in the same mold as 'This Is The Self-Preservation Society' from the film 'The Italian Job' ( 1969 ). Some great film shots here.

Funniest moment - finding the tank, Charlie accidentally destroys most of his garden - including the gnomes. Surveying the damage, Florence asks: "Do you think our insurance policy covers bullet-holes?".

Second funniest moment - Ken saying goodbye to Phillippa ( Janie Duvitski ). He is wearing khaki, a pink scarf, and a crash helmet. Wolfie says: "you look like a gay Action Man!".


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