Dad's Army

Series 8 - 7. My Brother and I

My Brother and I
Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

Arthur Lowe was given top billing in Dad’s Army for a reason: he was simply the finest actor. His versatility is very much on parade in this 1975 Christmas special, in which Captain Mainwaring is paid an unwelcome visit by his brother Barry. Playing a dual role (buttoned-down pillar of society versus florid sponger) was a dream opportunity for Lowe, and he seizes it with aplomb. He even plays against himself via the creaky magic of early split-screen.

It’s Frazer who profits most from what he gleans from Barry about the good captain. The wily, wild-eyed Scot claps with childlike glee: “He’ll be exposed to the world!”

Elsewhere, Mainwaring is appalled by Pike writing for The Hotspur about his experiences in the Home Guard, Hodges pigs out on cucumber sandwiches and Godfrey’s crestfallen expression is probably the most pitiable thing you’ll ever see.

About this programme

7/8. Frazer is unable to hide his delight when Captain Mainwaring's disreputable brother gatecrashes a sherry party for local dignitaries and tries to reclaim a pocket watch his father promised him. Comedy first aired in 1975, starring Arthur Lowe in a dual role, with John Le Mesurier and John Laurie.

Cast and crew


Capt Mainwaring
Arthur Lowe
Sgt Wilson
John Le Mesurier
Cpl Jones
Clive Dunn
Pte Frazer
John Laurie
Pte Godfrey
Arnold Ridley
Pte Pike
Ian Lavender
Pte Sponge
Colin Bean
Chief Warden Hodges
Bill Pertwee
Rev Timothy Farthing
Frank Williams
Arnold Diamond


David Croft
David Croft
David Croft
Jimmy Perry