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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker 

When Private Walker gets his call-up papers to join the regular army it comes as a shock to the platoon because he is useful to them for his black market activities. Wilson is chairing a ... See full summary »

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Ben Kellett

Writers:

David Croft (Writer), Jimmy Perry (Writer)
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Episode cast overview:
Kevin McNally ... Captain Mainwaring
Robert Bathurst ... Sergeant Wilson
Kevin Eldon ... Lance-Corporal Jones
David Hayman ... Private Frazer
Mathew Horne ... Private Walker
Timothy West ... Private Godfrey
Tom Rosenthal ... Private Pike
Christopher Villiers ... Brigadier (War Office)
Sam Phillips ... Captain Cutts
Jerry-Jane Pears Jerry-Jane Pears ... Judy
Julia Deakin Julia Deakin ... Lady Chairman
Gareth Benjamin Gareth Benjamin ... Mr. Rees
Andrew Havill ... Brigadier (Area Command)
Lee Barnett Lee Barnett ... Soldier
Bud Flanagan Bud Flanagan ... The Voice of (voice) (archive sound)
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When Private Walker gets his call-up papers to join the regular army it comes as a shock to the platoon because he is useful to them for his black market activities. Wilson is chairing a committee and tries to get him turned down whilst Jones has him jumping off a ladder barefoot to induce flat feet. Ultimately he does get turned down because he is allergic to corned beef. Written by don @ minifie-1

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25 August 2019 (UK) See more »

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Julia Deakin, who played the Lady Chairman of the Hardship Committee, was the only cast member across the three episodes to have a direct connection with the creators of Dad's Army, as she appeared in Oh Doctor Beeching! (1995), the last television series to be created and written by David Croft See more »

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Surpassed my expectations
31 August 2019 | by professoritterrohlSee all my reviews

I spent the first few moments scrutinising the actors and comparing them to the original cast. But to the absolute credit of the cast I soon stopped doing that and simply enjoyed the episode. Unlike the poor recent film: the casting was spot on. Kevin McNally struck me as an odd choice for Captain Mainwaring but he nailed it. He obviously did his homework as Arthur Lowe's traits and mannerisms were all there. Robert Bathurst was also great as Sergeant Wilson and so much more believable than Bill Nighy in the film. I particularly liked Kevin Eldon as Jones who showed just how good a character actor he is. The story itself was fast paced and fun. It's such a shame that the original is lost as this is a strong episode. However everyone involved in this can be proud as it's is a piece of work to be proud of. If classics can be re-created this good maybe "Lost Dr Who episodes" could be made.


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