Dad's Army (1968–1977)
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The Big Parade 

There is to be a parade through Walmington-on-Sea to commemorate Spitfire Week and, after watching a newsreel, the platoon decide it would be a splendid idea to have a mascot. Private ... See full summary »


David Croft (uncredited)


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




Episode cast overview:
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
Colin Bean Colin Bean ... Private Sponge
Pamela Cundell Pamela Cundell ... Mrs. Fox
Bud Flanagan Bud Flanagan ... The Voice of (voice) (archive sound)


There is to be a parade through Walmington-on-Sea to commemorate Spitfire Week and, after watching a newsreel, the platoon decide it would be a splendid idea to have a mascot. Private Sponge farms sheep and the men try to catch his ram but it eludes them every time. Walker provides a goat but it is a skinny, pitiful creature which eats Mainwaring's five pound note. So there is no mascot for the parade, which turns into a race as the platoon, Hodges and his wardens, the verger and his Sea Scouts and the volunteer nurses all march faster and faster to be at the head of the procession until they all break into a run. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | War


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Release Date:

25 September 1970 (UK) See more »

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| (77 episodes)

Sound Mix:



Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When rescuing Pike from the boggy ground, Captain Mainwaring orders his men to remove their trousers but does not do so himself. This was due to a special clause which Arthur Lowe had put into his contract, in which he refused to be seen on-screen without trousers. See more »


When chasing the ram, Pike says it reminds him of Gary Cooper in The Last of the Mohicans. Randolph Scott starred in that film, not Gary Cooper. See more »


References The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »


Hush, Hush, Hush, Here Comes The Bogey Man
Performed by Henry Hall
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That March!! Hilarious
3 June 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Series Four of Dad's Army opens with a real classic, a fight between the Home Guard, ARP, and several other groups to head up a parade. Naturally all goes wrong, from the order of the pack, to the mascot. This contains one of the funniest sequences in Dad's Army that I can think of. The orderly march soon turns into chaos when Hodges tries to overtake Mainwaring's group, those sequences had me belly laughing. Walker's attempts to con Mainwaring out of a fiver are also great, the attempts to turn the Goat into an impressive creature are very funny, scenes I'm sure would never be allowed nowadays. It starts off in real style, and as always Jonesy's scenes with Mrs Fox are hilarious.

A classic, 9/10

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