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Dad's Army 

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:

Armata lui Bunicu See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(80 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

There were two different versions of the closing credits for the show. The first version, used in seasons one and two, simply showed footage of the main cast superimposed over a still photograph, with the crew credits rolling over a black background. The more familiar closing credits, introduced in season three, were an homage to the end credits of The Way Ahead (1944), which had covered the training of a platoon during the war. In both instances, each character is shown as they walk across a smoke-filled battlefield. John Laurie also appeared in that movie, and his performance in the end credits of the movie appears to be copied in the sitcom. Coincidentally, the movie's lead character (played by David Niven) is named Lieutenant Jim Perry. 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

Godfrey: Oh I do wish that Captain Mainwaring would let my sister Dolly knit him a suit of armour.
Frazer: Never mind Godfrey son. If anything goes wrong we'll get him out with a tin opener.
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Best TV programme ever made
20 November 2003 | by zyggy_bakerSee all my reviews

Dad's Army is my favourite TV programme of all time. It is just a work of genius. Jimmy Perry & David Croft really knew how to write a good script. Like Perry said the cast was right, the time was right, the script was right, the tunes were right and the whole situation was right which was what made Dad's Army a miracle. All the gags, jokes, tunes and atmosphere's are all hilarious, jolly and wonderful. It's why Dad's Army has always and will be one of the most popular programmes in TV history. Set in World War II of course it shows you the hilarities of pompous kind-hearted bank manager Captain Mainweering (Arthur Lowe), charming upper-class twit cheif bank clerk Sergeant Wilson (John Le Mesurier), kind old fool and long time soldier now butcher Corporal Jones (Clive Dunn) and many other hilarious characters. With these men of course operating the Walmington-On-Sea Home Guard disasters can of course happen even if at the end of the day it turns out the the platoon is needed to pick up the pieces. The men themselves give the war a brighter atmosphere. With the platoon having the most bizarre members like Private Frazer (John Laurie) being an undertakes, Private Walker (James Beck) being a spinster, Private Godfrey (Arnold Ridley) being a retired old aged pensioner and Private Pike (Ian Lavender) being a complete pansy and mummy's boy. Also with the gay and meaning well Rev. Timothy Farthing, the sneaky Verger and the platoons arch enemy Warden & Greencrocer & common git Bill Hodges (Bill Pertwee). Even though situations that the men get into may be a bit bizarre they always come out the other end feeling victorius. And why shouldn't they having proved to the whole town that they are not just a bunch of pomous, twitish, foolish, dirty and some other stuff. My favourite episode of Dads Army has "The Deadly Attachment". Reason is that it has the men coming face to face with the Germans and seeing the hilarities of getting out of it. Also other episodes like "Time On My Hands", "Keep Young And Beautiful" and "No Spring For Frazer" I still find really hilarious and stimulating. The show will undoubtedly go on forever being known as the programme that changed the face of television forever.


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