Comedy Playhouse (1961–2017)

The Dirtiest Soldier in the World 


David Climie (adaptation), George MacDonald Fraser (story "The General Danced At Dawn")


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Standing ... Lt. Macneil
Freddie Earlle ... Pte. McAuslan
Jack Watson ... RSM
Moray Watson Moray Watson ... CSM
Allan Cuthbertson ... Col. Gordon
Ben Aris Ben Aris ... The Adjutant
Andrew Downie Andrew Downie ... Maj. Chisholm
Jay Neill Jay Neill ... Sgt. of the Guard
Stephen Temperley Stephen Temperley ... Capt. of the Guard
Kevin Moran Kevin Moran ... Pte. MacFarlane
Christopher Holmes Christopher Holmes ... Pte. MacDonald
Clive Woodward Clive Woodward ... Pte. Hobbs
Ricky Newby Ricky Newby ... Pte. Fraser
Ben Gaule Ben Gaule ... Pte. Grant
Pauline Crow Pauline Crow ... The Duchess


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Release Date:

27 March 1972 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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G M Fraser's McAuslan
17 August 2018 | by david_colbourneSee all my reviews

I can remember seeing this production when it was aired back in 1972. At the time I had not read any of GMF's McAuslan stories, but having since done so I can say that the BBC did a first rate adaptation.

The production caught the humour of Fraser's story and it was very well put together. The scenes where Lt. McNeil imagines disasters happening were filmed using fish-eye lenses, giving a distorted image and was brilliantly done.

John Standing was excellent as McNeil, as was Freddie Earle as McAuslan and I really enjoyed Alan Cuthbertson in a rare comedy role as the Colonel.

I would like to think the BBC still has a copy of this and that there is a chance of a repeat, but I'm not holding my breath!

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