Dad's Army (1968–1977)
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Absent Friends 

On return from London Mainwaring is shocked to find that almost all of the platoon are playing in a darts tournament against Hodges and the air raid wardens, which they refuse to leave, ... See full summary »

Director:

David Croft (uncredited)

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Lowe ... Capt. George Mainwaring
John Le Mesurier ... Sgt. Arthur Wilson
Clive Dunn ... LCpl. Jack Jones
John Laurie ... Pte. James Frazer
James Beck ... Pte. Joe Walker
Arnold Ridley ... Pte. Charles Godfrey
Ian Lavender ... Pte. Frank Pike
Bill Pertwee ... Chief Warden Hodges
Janet Davies ... Mrs. Mavis Pike
Edward Sinclair Edward Sinclair ... Verger Maurice Yeatman
J.G. Devlin J.G. Devlin ... Regan
Arthur English ... the Policeman
Patrick Connor Patrick Connor ... Shamus
Verne Morgan Verne Morgan ... the Landlord
Michael Lomax Michael Lomax ... the 2nd ARP Warden
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On return from London Mainwaring is shocked to find that almost all of the platoon are playing in a darts tournament against Hodges and the air raid wardens, which they refuse to leave, despite losing. Wilson is not happy because Hodges has bought Mavis a drink and seems to be getting overly familiar with her. When a call comes through that a suspected I.R.A. terrorist is in the area, however, the men pull together - eventually - and Wilson proves to Mavis and the others that he is the hero of the hour. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Comedy | War

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

30 October 1970 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Runtime:

| (77 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Due to the nature of this episode, it is highly likely to be withdrawn from Broadcast due to certain similar related events in the news at time of Broadcast. See more »

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A Room with a View
(uncredited)
Written by Noël Coward
Sung by John Le Mesurier
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Insubordination in the ranks.
7 January 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Captain Mainwaring is outraged to discover the majority of his platoon absent from role call. When he discovers them down the pub enjoying beer and darts he's further outraged when they refuse to budge. Wilson is distracted by Mavis enjoying a drink with Mr Hodges.

When the cat's away, the mice will play, it seems the platoon want a night out in Mainwaring's supposed absence. I always thought the main body of men seemed out of character in this episode, they've not really shown such sign of insubordination before. Mavis has also seemed very faithful towards Wilson.

It is very funny, it has some great lines, and it's physically very funny, with Lowe and Dunn falling about.

Arthur English plays a small role as the Policeman, JG Devlin is fantastic as Regan, well known for appearing upon the Desperate Hours, a famous episode of Steptoe and Son.

Best bit has to be Wilson having the last laugh. 8/10


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