The exploits of a bunch of army conscripts.




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Series cast summary:
...  Cpl. 'Flogger' Hoskins / ... 47 episodes, 1959-1960
...  Capt. T.R. Pocket / ... 47 episodes, 1957-1960
Ted Lune ...  Pvt. Len Bone 44 episodes, 1959-1960
Alfie Bass ...  Pvt. 'Bootsie' Bisley / ... 42 episodes, 1957-1960
Bill Fraser ...  CSM Claude Snudge 38 episodes, 1959-1960
Mario Fabrizi ...  LCpl. 'Moosh' Merryweather / ... 32 episodes, 1959-1960
...  Soldier / ... 20 episodes, 1959-1960


The exploits of a bunch of army conscripts.

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19 June 1957 (UK)  »

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(153 episodes)

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In 1960 viewing of the series was banned by the commanding officer of The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry at Pontefract Barracks in West Yorkshire; this prompted a cast visit on 10th December of that year. See more »


Referenced in 'Dad's Army' & Beyond: The Frank Williams Story (2008) See more »

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I hope not all of its viewers are dead yet!
14 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

Oh dear - no-one has commented so far on a TV show with over 150 episodes!!! I hope that someone (newly retired?) comes to the rescue soon. Maybe someone who worked in its production can fill things out a bit!

Unfortunately I am too young to remember any details - I only have impressions left. One strong impression is how the show revolved around "Bootsie and Snudge"! (Was that just because there was a series of those two characters after they "left" the army?) One thing I am sure of is that Alfie Bass (series 1 to 4) and Bill Fraser (series 2 to 4) must have done well over 100 episodes each - not the 3 listed! I do hope someone from Granada sets the record straight sometime soon! Apparently the surviving episodes are now available on DVD. I wonder if the show, so much of its period, would make much sense to modern viewers.

Some trivia - its theme tune, accompanied by singing from its cast, reached no5 in the UK singles chart!

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