Dad's Army (1968–1977)
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Fallen Idol 

"Fallen Idol" is an episode of Dad's Army starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, and Clive Dunn. The platoon gets its turn at weekend training, for a bomb course. Captain Square convinces Mainwaring that officers shouldn't sleep with the OR (other ranks) so he puts up blankets for him ... See full summary »

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... Capt. George Mainwaring
... Sgt. Arthur Wilson
... LCpl. Jack Jones
... Pte. James Frazer
... Pte. Joe Walker
... Pte. Charles Godfrey
... Pte. Frank Pike
Geoffrey Lumsden ... Captain Square
Rex Garner ... Captain Ashley-Jones
... Captain Reed
Anthony Sagar ... the Sergeant Major
Tom Mennard ... the Mess Orderly
... Captain Pritchard
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The platoon gets its turn at weekend training, for a bomb course. Captain Square convinces Mainwaring that officers shouldn't sleep with the OR (other ranks) so he puts up blankets for him and Sergeant Wilson, just after he forbade the others to voluntarily 'spoil him'. Next Square insists a captain can't join his men in the canteen for beer, rationed to two pints for safety, which the men, especially Frazer, take for disloyalty. In the Officer's Mess Mainwaring naively volunteers to be 'made a cardinal', a rather cruel drinking game... Written by KGF Vissers

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drinking | male bonding | bed | See All (3) »

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Comedy | War

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18 December 1970 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Captain Mainwaring being pursued by the dog replicates the plot of the short story, 'The Loaded Dog' by Australian writer, Henry Lawson. See more »

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Featured in Selection Box: Dad's Army (1997) See more »

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Chattanooga Choo Choo
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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Side Splitting end to Series 4.
23 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

If comedy is your thing, then Fallen Idol is literally the gift that keeps on giving, it's one of those episodes that has you clutching your stomach with laughter pains, Dad's Army here is in its prime, and I think it's fair to say that Arthur Lowe is at his very best, he was a superb actor, but here his charisma and enormous personality stand out. What I loved about this episode was the focus on Captain Mainwaring's character, desperate to climb in terms of his official standing, his ego desperate to push himself away from his platoon, but not comfortable with the Officer's either, you get a true sense of a character out of place socially. Too many hilarious moments, so I'll just add words, Colonel Puff puff, Dog, Grenade, Drunk, need I say more.

I've watched this a few times since recently discovering, and have belly laughed each time, fantastic! 10/10


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