Dad's Army: Season 6, Episode 2

My British Buddy (7 Nov. 1973)

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After two and a half years the Americans have finally decided to enter the European war. Walmington-on-Sea gets to welcome an advanced party. The platoon organizes a welcome party. Given ... See full summary »

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After two and a half years the Americans have finally decided to enter the European war. Walmington-on-Sea gets to welcome an advanced party. The platoon organizes a welcome party. Given the rations and misunderstandings on both sides, however, tensions run high. Still, the alliance is vital, so fences must be mended from both sides. Written by KGF Vissers

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Mrs Fox puts on a scent, 'California Poppy', to welcome the Americans. This perfume, made by J. & E. Atkinson, was a very popular perfume during the war years. See more »

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My British Buddy
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Over paid, over sexed, and over in Walmington-On-Sea
3 July 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

In 1976, Granada unleashed the wartime sitcom 'Yanks Go Home' on an unsuspecting world. It was set in a Northern town, which has become invaded by love crazy G.I.'s, causing resentment among locals. Though it ran to two seasons, it was not really very good. Different writers meant that some weeks it would be funny and at others not. 'Dad's Army' got there first with this brilliant episode. The Americans are in the war at last, and Mainwaring wants to welcome the new arrivals to Walmington-On-Sea. Jones suggests a gathering in the local pub. It is a disaster. The Americans, led by Colonel Schulz ( Alan Tilvern ), hate the warm beer and start chatting up the girls, including Walker's friend Shirley ( Wendy Richard ). When Hodges makes a derogatory remark about the Americans, Schultz hits him, and the ensuing brawl makes the front page of the local paper...

There is more humour here than to be found in all of 'Yanks Go Home''s episodes combined. Talfryn Thomas' reporter 'Mr.Cheeseman' became a regular in Season 7. The character was not generally liked by either the cast ( who felt him to be upstaging them ) or production team, so did not reappear. I may be in a minority here, but I thought he was very good ( not just because he was Welsh either! ). No replacement for 'Walker' of course, but then he was not meant to be. The late Alan Tilvern was 'R.K. Maroon' in the film 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' ( 1988 ).

Funniest moment - Wilson asks Schultz if he had a 'jolly crossing'. The Colonel says yes, apart from those Kraut submarines continually firing at their ship. "Oh how awful for you!", responds the ever-so English Sergeant.

Second funniest moment - Hodges says he was with 'General Perishing' in 1917. "General Pershing!", corrects Schultz. "I knew it was some perishing General!", replies the A.R.P. Warden.


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