After a surreal lecture on telling allied parachutists from German ones, the platoon is ordered to pick up a stranded U-boot's crew. Wilson feels live hand-grenades are too dangerous for ... See full summary »

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After a surreal lecture on telling allied parachutists from German ones, the platoon is ordered to pick up a stranded U-boot's crew. Wilson feels live hand-grenades are too dangerous for his hot-head mates and acts accordingly. As HQ's armed escort is late, the Kriegsmarine captain can first play mind-games by drafting a reckoning 'list', then take Hodges hostage. Written by KGF Vissers

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31 October 1973 (UK)  »

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Welsh actor Philip Madoc was cast as the U-boat captain because Jimmy Perry wanted somebody who spoke fluent German for the part. See more »

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John Le Mesurier stumbles over his line: "I must admit he has rather an abrupt matter - manner". See more »

Quotes

Mainwaring: I'm going to talk to them!
Sgt. Arthur Wilson: You can't speak German!
Mainwaring: They'll know from the natural authority in my voice that I'm in charge.
[pause]
Mainwaring: You'd better come with me.
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Remade as The Rear Guard (1976) See more »

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Whistle While You Work
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Music by Frank Churchill and lyrics by Larry Morey
Heard as a theme at the start of some scenes
Ian Lavender sings a parody of this song to the Germans
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