Things That Go Bump in the Night

Series 6 - Episode 6 Things That Go Bump in the Night



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.

Cast & Crew

Capt Mainwaring Arthur Lowe
Sgt Wilson John Le Mesurier
Cpl Jones Clive Dunn
Pte Walker James Beck
Pte Frazer John Laurie
Pte Godfrey Arnold Ridley
Pte Pike Ian Lavender
Capt Cadbury Jonathan Cecil
Pte Sponge Colin Bean
Producer David Croft
Writer Jimmy Perry
Writer David Croft
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