For the Love of Three Oranges

Series 8 - Episode 8 For the Love of Three Oranges



This Christmas 1976 special is a chaotic affair, full of lovely detail but somehow unable to hang together. A church bazaar is planned, throwing up lots of nice small-town banter at the planning meeting. There are offers of elderberry wine from Godfrey’s sister Dolly (played by Arthur Lowe’s wife Joan Cooper), an auction of three oranges courtesy of Hodges and a “monster brawn” from Jones. And no set-up is overlooked come the actual event. Funds raised are intended to go towards Comforts for the Troops – the obvious ribald gag comes from an unlikely source.

But before all that, and to give the episode a festive sheen (the episode drew 13.7 million viewers), the men turn up for a winter camouflage parade, with Godfrey the pick of the bunch in pierrot costume and pompoms. Though how the famously reluctant John Laurie was persuaded to dress in Miss Havisham-style bridal gown, I’ll never know.


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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