Dad's Army

Series 5 - 13. Time on My Hands

Time on My Hands
Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

The infamous clock tower caper demonstrates the series’ flair for both subtle character comedy and broad-as-a-barn-door physical high jinks. Mainwaring has his tea and (rationed) biscuits interrupted when a German parachutist gets tangled at the top of the Town Hall – an obvious but ingenious set.

The late Clive Dunn takes centre stage as courageous old boy Lance Corporal Jones, and there are some sublimely niggly exchanges between the fey, flippant Wilson and his exasperated captain, whose puffing of the cheeks and “Try and take an interest” will never cease to be funny.

About this programme

13/13. Mainwaring is elated to find a German pilot trapped on top of the town clock by his parachute - but first the platoon has to get him down. David Croft and Jimmy Perry's classic comedy, starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn.

Cast and crew


Capt Mainwaring
Arthur Lowe
Sgt Wilson
John Le Mesurier
L Cpl Jones
Clive Dunn
Pte Frazer
John Laurie
Pte Walker
James Beck
Pte Godfrey
Arnold Ridley
Pte Pike
Ian Lavender
ARP Warden Hodges
Bill Pertwee
Frank Williams
Edward Sinclair
Mr Blewett
Harold Bennett
Pte Sponge
Colin Bean
Miss Fortescue
Joan Cooper
Mr Gordon
Eric Longworth
German pilot
Christopher Sandford


David Croft
David Croft
Jimmy Perry