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Series 6 - Episode 6
Things That Go Bump in the Night
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t’s the haunted-house-cum-chase caper, in which the platoon gets lost one stormy night and the van runs out of petrol. Cold and wet, the men doss down in a Mary Celeste mansion, giving plenty of scope for fun with props (Pike with a bearskin; Jones with a warming pan) and a bit of eye-rolling doomery from Frazer. I love the way he calls Godfrey “son”; in fact, actor John Laurie was a year younger than Arnold Ridley and both were in their 70s.
It’s all fabulously silly, and features a near-naked Pike, Jonathan Cecil in his speciality role as a chinless twit, and the least vicious pack of tracker dogs you’ll ever see. It was also, sadly, the last episode (in location scenes) for lovable ducker-and-diver Walker. James Beck was only 44 when he died in 1973, and the show was never quite the same without him.
On a dark and stormy night, Jonesy's van runs out of petrol and the platoon is forced to spend the night in a spooky deserted house, where the men's imaginations soon run wild. Vintage comedy first aired in 1973, starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn.
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