Dad's Army (1968–1977)
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The Love of Three Oranges 

The vicar holds a charity bazaar, the proceeds going to luxuries for the troops. Godfrey tries to sell his home-made wine but people are getting drunk by tasting and not buying it. Mrs. ... See full summary »


David Croft (uncredited)


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


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Episode cast overview:
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
Frank Williams ... Reverend Timothy Farthing
Edward Sinclair Edward Sinclair ... Verger Maurice Yeatman
Pamela Cundell Pamela Cundell ... Mrs. Fox
Janet Davies ... Mrs. Mavis Pike
Joan Cooper Joan Cooper ... Dolly Godfrey
Eric Longworth Eric Longworth ... the Town Clerk
Olive Mercer Olive Mercer ... Mrs. Yeatman
Colin Bean Colin Bean ... Private Sponge


The vicar holds a charity bazaar, the proceeds going to luxuries for the troops. Godfrey tries to sell his home-made wine but people are getting drunk by tasting and not buying it. Mrs. Mainwaring fails to turn up after an accident with the bath enamel but donates some hideous lamp-shades she has made. Hodges contributes three oranges and Mainwaring is anxious to secure one for his wife but when Wilson gets Pike to buy it for the captain, the two end up bidding against each other and raising the price of the orange. Mainwaring finally buys it only to find it is a bitter orange, for marmalade-making. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | War


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Release Date:

26 December 1976 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the only show produced in 1976. The cast was touring the popular stage version of the show across the UK during most of 76 . This show was filmed in October, for a Christmas Special, and is taken from a portions of the stage show. See more »


The three oranges auctioned off are in fact not oranges but a smaller citrus fruit, one of the "easy peeler" varieties, probably Satsuma's. See more »

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Slightly Pantomimic Episode of the Well-Loved Comedy
24 January 2016 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

This episode recreates the sense of community loyalty that kept many towns and villages going during wartime. The Walmington-on-Sea burghers decide to hold a bazaar to raise money for the troops. Everyone does their bit: Godfrey (Arnold Ridley) sells homemade wine and chutney, Jones (Clive Dunn) raffles a "monster brawn,", Hodges (Bill Pertwee) auctions three difficult-to-find oranges, and Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) puts some of his wife's eclectic lamp- shades on sale.

Inevitably there are farcical complications: the brawn gets run over by a motor-cycle, customers get drunk on Godfrey's wine without actually buying any; and Mainwaring's lampshades are sold as novelty hats. Mainwaring buys an orange for ten shillings to placate his wife, but gets more than he bargained for.

Perry and Croft's good-natured script ensures that no one really suffers, and that community loyalties are reinforced. The only jarring note comes at the beginning when the platoon go on parade dressed in a differing array of white snow-suits. The humor becomes rather pantomimic at the expense of Godfrey and Frazer (John Laurie) and seems really unnecessary at this point.

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