Dad's Army

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  • 1968
  • 10 Seasons
  • 8.1  (7,199)

Dad's Army is a classic British sitcom that aired on BBC One from 1968 to 1977. The show is set during World War II and follows the activities of a fictional Home Guard platoon in the small seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea. The platoon is made up of local volunteers who are either too old or too unfit for active duty in the regular army. Despite their lack of training and experience, they are determined to defend their town against potential German invasion.

The show is filled with hilarious characters, memorable catchphrases, and a nostalgic look back at a time of great sacrifice and patriotism. The main character and the leader of the platoon is Captain George Mainwaring, played by Arthur Lowe. Mainwaring is a pompous and arrogant bank manager who takes his role as captain very seriously. He is constantly butting heads with his second-in-command, Sergeant Arthur Wilson, played by John Le Mesurier. Wilson is a mild-mannered, laid-back man who is the complete opposite of Mainwaring. Despite their differences, the two men form a strong bond and work together to lead the platoon.

Another memorable character is Lance Corporal Jack Jones, played by Clive Dunn. Jones is an elderly, doddery old man who is always reminiscing about his days serving in the Boer War. He is also known for his catchphrase, "Don't panic!" which he repeats whenever the platoon finds themselves in a tricky situation.

The rest of the platoon consists of a variety of characters, including the pompous and upper-class Lieutenant Colonel Charles Godfrey, played by Arnold Ridley, the bumbling and accident-prone Private Frank Pike, played by Ian Lavender, and the grumpy Scottish Private James Frazer, played by John Laurie. The platoon is rounded out by the jovial Private Joe Walker, played by James Beck, and the dim-witted Private Jack Frazer, played by Talfryn Thomas.

The show is filled with hilarious moments and witty one-liners, but it also has a strong sense of heart and humanity. Despite the silliness of the characters, they are all motivated by a deep sense of duty and patriotism. They may not be the most competent soldiers, but they are determined to do their part to defend their country.

One of the strengths of the show is how well it captures the spirit of the time. It was made during a period of great nostalgia for World War II, and it reflects the values and attitudes of that era. The platoon is a microcosm of British society, with characters from all walks of life coming together to fight a common enemy. The show is also notable for its portrayal of women, who are shown as strong and capable despite the prevailing sexism of the time.

Despite being almost fifty years old, Dad's Army remains a beloved classic of British television. It has spawned spin-offs, a feature film, and even a stage show. The characters and catchphrases are still fondly remembered by fans, and the show continues to be watched and enjoyed by new generations. It is a testament to the enduring appeal of the show that it still resonates with audiences today.

Dad's Army is a series that is currently running and has 10 seasons (92 episodes). The series first aired on July 31, 1968.

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Christmas Special: The Love Of Three Oranges
7. Christmas Special: The Love Of Three Oranges
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Never Too Old
6. Never Too Old
November 13, 1977
Lance Corporal Jones wants to marry Mrs Fox but has to get Capt Mainwarings permission. During the reception an invasion alert is called and Jones spends his wedding night on the beach doing guard duty
Number Engaged
5. Number Engaged
November 4, 1977
The platoon take over from the regular army in guarding some vital telephone wires During an air raid a bomb lands in the wires and a way has to be found to get it down before it explodes
The Miser's Hoard
4. The Miser's Hoard
October 28, 1977
Frazer is busy counting up his earnings when his doctor visits and accidentally knocks over a money box revealing that Frazer is far from poor. Concerned, the doctor alerts Mainwaring, who alerts Jones and very soon Frazer's fortune is the subject of town gossip. Eventually the platoon, Hodges, the Vicar and the Verger are spying on Frazer to see what he does with his money. Will they get their hands on it, or does Frazer have a sneaky trick up his sleeve?
Knights Of Madness
3. Knights Of Madness
October 21, 1977
During a ' Wings For Victory ' fundraising event the platoon decide to stage a reenactment of the battle between St George and the Dragon but friction starts when Hodges and the wardens plan the same thing
The Making Of Private Pike
2. The Making Of Private Pike
October 14, 1977
Capt Mainwaring is to be an umpire in a war game exercise so he gets the use of a car Pike meets a girl and uses the car to take her out but they stay out all night and the whole town is shocked
Wake Up Walmington
1. Wake Up Walmington
October 7, 1977
The people of Walmington-On-Sea are becoming apathetic about the war effort. When practicing on a firing range, Mainwaring is told to keep the noise down and Hodges is verbally assaulted for his efforts as chief warden. Mainwaring decides to scare his townfolk by getting the platoon to dress up as fifth columnists and marching through the countryside 'asking ze questions!' Will their plan work? Or will Mainwaring just end up looking rather silly infront of Captain Square and the Eastgate platoon?
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Dad's Army is available for streaming on the BBC One website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Dad's Army on demand at Apple TV Channels and Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    July 31, 1968
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (7,199)