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The Godiva Affair 

As part of Walmington's patriotic effort to finance a Spitfire, the platoon practices Morris (spring fertility) dancing. It's sissy to Scotsman Frazer's taste, except wielding the whiffling... See full summary »

Director:

David Croft (uncredited)

Writers:

Jimmy Perry (by), David Croft (by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Lowe ... Capt. George Mainwaring
John Le Mesurier ... Sgt. Arthur Wilson
Clive Dunn ... LCpl. Jack Jones
John Laurie ... Pte. James Frazer
Arnold Ridley ... Pte. Charles Godfrey
Ian Lavender ... Pte. Frank Pike
Bill Pertwee ... Chief Warden Hodges
Talfryn Thomas ... Private Cheeseman
Frank Williams ... Reverend Timothy Farthing
Edward Sinclair Edward Sinclair ... Verger Maurice Yeatman
Janet Davies ... Mrs. Mavis Pike
Pamela Cundell Pamela Cundell ... Mrs. Fox
Eric Longworth Eric Longworth ... The Town Clerk
Peter Honri Peter Honri ... Private Day
Rosemary Faith Rosemary Faith ... The Waitress
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As part of Walmington's patriotic effort to finance a Spitfire, the platoon practices Morris (spring fertility) dancing. It's sissy to Scotsman Frazer's taste, except wielding the whiffling stick like a club, which upsets Jones. His nerves suffer because his sweetheart, lively widow Mrs. Fox, now accepts attention from old town clerk Gordon. At Jones' request the captain is going to talk to her. Alas that starts new suspicions. Things worsen when Fox auditions for the part of Lady Godiva, in fleshings, which stirs jealousy from the platoon's ladies. Written by KGF Vissers

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George Hancock, one of the back row players, got his first on-screen speaking part in this show. But after editing, the scene was cut. It's at the beginning where Mainwaring is in his office and tells Hancock to guard the outside door to the office and uses "maximum security" which Hancock responds. Mainwaring the enters the hall. -This is where the show begins after the cut- It was odd when he tells everyone to guard the hall and the front door and then re-enters the office and asks Hancock if everything is clear. Hancock does respond but is off-screen. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Arthur Wilson: The movement of the whiffling stick represents the frightening away of evil spirits.
Pte. Frank Pike: Away from what, Mr Mainwaring?
Capt. George Mainwaring: This is a fertility dance, Pike.
Pte. Charles Godfrey: I don't think my sister Dolly would approve of that sort of thing.
Pte. James Frazer: Arch, ye silly old duffer! It's just to encourage the crops to grow. It's done every spring by the young fertile men of the village.
LCpl. Jack Jones: Well it's not much good us doing it, is it?
Pte. James Frazer: [angrily] You speak for yourself!
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References Rain (1932) See more »

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Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me)
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Composed by Lew Brown and Charles Tobias
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Not a great episode
10 May 2008 | by lestermaySee all my reviews

Rather more of the townswomen of Walmington-on-Sea in this episode but it's not one of the best.

A few good lines and some funny scenes, though, as the village goes 'en fête' in order to raise money towards the building of a Spitfire. Fundraising, whether real, or through investment in National Savings, helped villages and towns in the UK to 'connect' with the war effort by 'sponsoring', for example, a new aircraft or warship.

Captain Mainwaring tries to be a good 'divisional officer' and help out Corporal Jones but his choice of the café for a meeting is a mistake. The village gossip is ahead of him.

Elizabeth Mainwaring, his demanding wife, 'features' more than usual in this episode but one still never sees her!


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Country:

UK

Release Date:

6 December 1974 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (77 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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