Dad's Army (1968–1977)
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A large field gun has been delivered to the church hall for a demonstration by the platoon but none of them know how it works. After a process of trial and error using models to represent ... See full summary »

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Capt. George Mainwaring
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Sgt. Arthur Wilson
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LCpl. Jack Jones
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Pte. James Frazer
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Pte. Joe Walker
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Pte. Charles Godfrey
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Pte. Frank Pike
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Mr. Rees
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Verger Maurice Yeatman
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the Man from Pickfords
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A large field gun has been delivered to the church hall for a demonstration by the platoon but none of them know how it works. After a process of trial and error using models to represent the town, the time comes for the gun to be fired but the men get tangled up in the netting enclosing it. Written by don @ minifie-1

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23 October 1969 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The small cardboard boxes that Mr. Rees and the other townsfolk carry on strings about their necks contain their gas masks. One of these was issued to every civilian at the start of the war and they were encouraged to carry them at all times when out in public. See more »

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When word comes into the office that there is a big gun out in the churchyard, Mainwaring and the men run out to go see it except for Sgt. Wilson who is left at the desk signing the receipt for the delivery men. The next scene of the men running out into the churchyard shows Mainwaring in the lead with Sgt. Wilson immediately following him. See more »

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How not to Fire a Gun
27 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

"Big Guns" offers an object lesson in how not to fire a gun. Our brave boys have a large field-gun delivered to the church hall and try their best to find out how to work it, even though none of them, least of all Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) has the least clue how to begin. It is left to the fussy Verger (Edward Sinclair) to offer a few vital suggestions about how to begin.

Sometimes we get the feeling in DAD'S ARMY that the platoon are overgrown children playing at soldiers. This is certainly true of this episode, where Mainwaring organizes a rehearsal for a field activity using child's toys, tins of Spam, cardboard boxes and sawdust. Everyone takes the activity incredibly seriously, save for the Verger, who brings it to an abrupt close by putting up the blackout curtains.

In the end the platoon offer a demonstration of how to fire the gun in front of the Town Clerk (Edward Evans) with predictably chaotic results.

For lovers of television trivia, this episode is also notable for a brief appearance of Don Estelle, later a stalwart of IT AIN'T HALF HOT, MUM, and Talfryn Thomas - who took over in DAD'S ARMY as the press photographer Mr. Cheeseman after James Beck's tragically early death.


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