Dad's Army

Series 8 - 8. For the Love of Three Oranges

For the Love of Three Oranges
Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

A church bazaar turns into a fiasco in this lively Christmas episode from 1976. Organised to raise funds for Comforts for the Troops (and yes, there is a joke about that), the event features a monster brawn from Jones and a rare outing for Godfrey’s sister Dolly (played by Joan Cooper, Arthur Lowe’s wife), who is getting the men drunk on her elderberry wine. But the centrepiece is an auction for three of Hodges’ oranges.

Before all that, a snow camouflage parade sees the ever-resourceful Godfrey turning out in a pierrot costume, and Frazer looking like the scariest Miss Havisham ever. It’s a bit coarse around the edges, but there are some choice lines. Frazer’s description of Mainwaring as a round lump takes the prize. If not the orange.

About this programme

8/8. The vicar holds a Comforts for the Troops Fund bazaar at which Mainwaring finds himself bidding against Pike for a highly prized orange. Surprisingly, the private reveals a stubborn streak that costs the thick-skinned captain an arm and a leg. Christmas edition of the classic comedy originally shown in 1976, starring Arthur Lowe and Ian Lavender.

Cast and crew


Capt Mainwaring
Arthur Lowe
Sgt Wilson
John Le Mesurier
L Cpl Jones
Clive Dunn
Pte Frazer
John Laurie
Pte Godfrey
Arnold Ridley
Pte Pike
Ian Lavender
ARP Warden Hodges
Bill Pertwee
Frank Williams
Edward Sinclair
Mrs Fox
Pamela Cundell
Mrs Pike
Janet Davies
Mrs Yeatman
Oliver Mercer
Joan Cooper
Mr Gordon
Eric Longworth
Colin Bean


David Croft
David Croft
Jimmy Perry
David Croft