Dad's Army (1968–1977)
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The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones 

Jones' butcher van is converted into an armoured car for the platoon.

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
Janet Davies ... Mrs. Mavis Pike
Bill Pertwee ... Chief Warden Hodges
Frank Williams ... Reverend Timothy Farthing
Queenie Watts Queenie Watts ... Mrs. Peters
Pamela Cundell Pamela Cundell ... Mrs. Fox
Jean St. Clair Jean St. Clair ... Miss Meadows
Olive Mercer Olive Mercer ... Mrs. Yeatman
Nigel Hawthorne ... the Angry Man
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Storyline

Mainwaring's lecture is a total mess on account of gas masks. To obtain rationed petrol, Joe convinces Jones to volunteer his butcher's van as platoon car. Alas, after they worked for days to make it fit for the platoon, HQ has it converted to gas. Meanwhile, to Mainwaring's snobbish horror, vulgar grocer Hodges makes his haughty entry as A.R.P. Chief Warden, and rival rooster in town and church hall. Written by KGF Vissers

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explosion | fire | armored car | See All (3) »

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Comedy | War

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

11 September 1969 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (77 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first episode to feature Jones allowing the platoon to use his van. See more »

Goofs

When the gas starts leaking Jones and Walker start giggling. But the van wouldn't have been using laughing gas. See more »

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It's a classic, and in colour.
14 January 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Private Walker convinces Corporal Jones to offer his delivery vehicle for use by the platoon, Jones is happy to, Walker has a motive.

It is definitely one of my favourite episodes, despite it being in colour, it feels altogether different. Great that we get to see Mr Jones at work, that scene is so funny, we of course get to see the wonderful Mrs Fox, and learn just how tough rationing must have been. Imagine living on corned beef.

Pure slapstick, the humour is very different to the black and white era, slightly less serious perhaps, but more what is known and adored. The scene where Walker and Jones discuss business in his freezer is hilarious, I wonder if it inspired the same one in Carry on Behind. The giggling van scene also, hilarious.

Mr Hodges gets a more substantial role, now firmly installed as Chief Warden, he would continue to cause mayhem for the platoon for years.

Mainwaring now has an understanding of the twenty four hour clock.

Classic comedy at its best. 9/10


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