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S8-E8 For the Love of Three Oranges

S8-E8 For the Love of Three Oranges

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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.


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 & 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
Vicar Frank Williams
Verger Edward Sinclair
Mrs Fox Pamela Cundell
Mrs Pike Janet Davies
Mrs Yeatman Oliver Mercer
Dolly Joan Cooper
Mr Gordon Eric Longworth
Private Colin Bean
Director David Croft
Producer David Croft
Writer Jimmy Perry
Writer David Croft
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