Time on My Hands

Series 5 - Episode 13 Time on My Hands



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.


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 & 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
Vicar Frank Williams
Verger Edward Sinclair
Mr Blewett Harold Bennett
Pte Sponge Colin Bean
Miss Fortescue Joan Cooper
Mr Gordon Eric Longworth
German pilot Christopher Sandford
Producer David Croft
Writer David Croft
Writer Jimmy Perry
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