A ragtag group of Home Guard volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion during World War II.

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Jimmy Perry
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Arthur Lowe ...  Capt. George Mainwaring / ... 80 episodes, 1968-1977
John Le Mesurier ...  Sgt. Arthur Wilson 80 episodes, 1968-1977
Clive Dunn ...  LCpl. Jack Jones 80 episodes, 1968-1977
John Laurie ...  Pte. James Frazer 80 episodes, 1968-1977
Arnold Ridley ...  Pte. Charles Godfrey 80 episodes, 1968-1977
Ian Lavender ...  Pte. Frank Pike 80 episodes, 1968-1977
James Beck ...  Pte. Joe Walker 60 episodes, 1968-1973
Bill Pertwee ...  Chief Warden Hodges 60 episodes, 1968-1977
Edward Sinclair Edward Sinclair ...  Verger Maurice Yeatman 49 episodes, 1968-1977
Colin Bean Colin Bean ...  Private Sponge 46 episodes, 1968-1977
Frank Williams ...  Reverend Timothy Farthing 40 episodes, 1969-1977
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A ragtag group of Home Guard volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion during World War II.

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Comedy | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Daar komen de schutters See more »

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Runtime:

(80 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

An episode is kept on standby by the BBC for use as an emergency back-up program, to be broadcast if a major technical problem prevents normal programs being shown. This came to light on June 20, 2000 when the Six O'Clock News (1984) was interrupted by a power failure at the BBC, and an episode of this show was transmitted in its place. See more »

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There is a running joke that Mainwaring cannot grasp the 24 hour clock. However, given that he is a high-ranking bank official, it seems unlikely that he could not handle a simple calculation. See more »

Quotes

[They are telling off a cheeky young boy]
Jones: Ere. I know him. He's a cheeky little monkey. He comes into my shop when it's full of persons and shouts out, "Sainsbury's."
Pike: Yeah. And he runs into our bank and shouts out, "National Provincial."
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Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr. Hitler?
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Written by Derek Taverner and Jimmy Perry
Performed by Band of H.M. Coldstream Guards
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Arguably the greatest, and most enduring comedy series EVER.
7 July 2006 | by jdmu7See all my reviews

Dad's Army is still played again and again, and it's easy to see why. Dad's Army created some of the most memorable characters on British television. The hilarity is still there. Even after seeing a lot of episodes 7 or 8 times over, I still laugh. That is a hard thing to achieve in comedy. Jimmy Perry and David Croft came up with something that surpassed anything created before and after. The central core actors executed their parts PERFECTLY. I still can't picture anyone than Arthur Lowe being the pompous captain, or Le Mesurier as the polite Sgt. This is the type of series where, when asked to pick your favorite character, you just can't. And that's because every character is very different from its fellow characters. There's Corporal Jones, the hilariously "wooly minded" butcher. And Private Walker, the spiv who would sell his own grandmother. Sadly James Beck died, and no matter how hard the writers tried, they couldn't replace him. There's Private Pike, the mommy's boy, who is constantly having the famous "You stupid Boy!" line directed his way. Then there's Frazer, the frugal Scottish mortician. And Godfrey, the gentleman, and the one who always needs to be excused. Then the afore mentioned Capt. Mainwaring, and Srgt. Wilson. The ARP Warden Hodges, the uncouth green grocer, who has a fierce feud with Capt. Mainwaring. The Vicar and the Verger, the troublemaker, and Mrs. Pike.

Even the more minor characters in this epic comedy are just so well done. It is a comic story set in the small seaside town of Walmington-On-Sea which is doing its bit to fight off the boche.

Dad's Army highlights a golden age for British Comedy. It's famous lines such as "Don't Panic!", have pervaded other areas of T.V. and culture. Dad's Army will keep marching on and on....


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