When Jones accidentally kills a turkey, the platoon organises a lavish turkey dinner for the pensioners of Walmington-on-Sea.




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Edward Sinclair ...
Harold Bennett ...
Pamela Cundell ...
Olive Mercer ...
Dave Butler ...
The Farmhand


After demonstrating how not to tell a joke, captain Mainwaring isn't amused to hear how his men not only 'visited' all the pubs but accidentally shot a turkey. Finding the owner of the bird in order to pay damages proves ultimately impossible, so the men decide to put their ill-gotten gains to charitable use: a dinner for the senior pensioners. Mainwaring chairing a general purposes committee is a recipe for lengthy and loud proceedings about who does what and how. The dinner still goes well, apart from grumpy ingratitude, and a nasty surprise for Mainwaring, who is Rotary guest speaker later that evening. Written by KGF Vissers

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dinner | embarrassment | drinking | See All (3) »


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23 December 1974 (UK)  »

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As Jones is painting Captain Mainwaring's shirt front Mainwaring calls him 'Wilson'. See more »


Jones: Well Mrs. Fox is an excellent cook. Aren't you Mrs. Fox?
Mrs. Fox: Well. You've always been very nice about my dumplings.
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There'll Always Be An England
Music by Ross Parker & Harry Parr Davies
Lyrics by Hugh Charles
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Turkey Suppers and Drinkers.
26 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Turkey Dinner was the Christmas episode that was shown on the 23 December 1974, it was from Season 7 and was episode 6. In spite of it being shown at Xmas time and involving Turkey, plenty of them actually, it isn't actually a Xmas episode. A lot of British situation comedies of the 70s and 80s would do this, have an episode shown over Xmas but not actually involve much, if any, actual seasonal flavours.

Dad's Army was a grandly written show that was performed with great skill and wit by the cast. This was a rare case where not a lot really happens and thus it just gets by on character affinities only. Plot basically has LCpl. Jack Jones (Clive Dunn) accidentally kill a Turkey and the group of Home Guard volunteers who he belongs to, first try to remedy the situation, and then set about making a big dinner for the pensioners of Walmington-on-Sea.

The customary vocal sparring pops in from time to time, while the rag-bag nature of the different members of the group is still mined for good viewing. Yet it's more safe than anything broad and essential. It's very much an episode for hardcore fans and not one for interested observers to sample as a starting point. 6/10

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