Museum Piece

Series 1 - Episode 2 Museum Piece



The second episode sees Walmington-on-Sea LDV – still without uniform or any sense of cohesion – trying to take arms against a sea of troubles. Typically, however, the volunteers are outwitted by an 88-year-old man – the father of Lance Corporal Jones, no less, played by Eric Woodburn, who was actually 74 at the time). What’s needed is a dash of cunning, not to mention a few slugs from a bottle of whisky – and that’s just by Private Frazer.

A quaint feature of these early outings, a Pathé-style catch-up with the platoon, gives us plenty of knockabout silliness. A recalcitrant horse and a temperamental Chinese rocket cannon add to the fun.

The latter was knocked up by designer Paul Joel, together with the battering ram and boiling-oil siege weapon. He also created the museum set in the studio to match closely Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk, a fifteenth-century manor house used for the museum exteriors.


With the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard now established, Captain Mainwaring sets about trying to get equipment for the platoon so they can see off potential Nazi invaders. Classic comedy first shown in 1968, starring Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier.

Cast & Crew

Capt Mainwaring Arthur Lowe
Sgt Wilson John Le Mesurier
Cpl Jones Clive Dunn
Pte Frazer John Laurie
Pte Walker James Beck
Pte Godfrey Arnold Ridley
Pte Pike Ian Lavender
Janet King Caroline Dowdeswell
Mrs Pike Janet Davies
Henry, the milkman Leon Cortes
Museum caretaker Eric Woodburn
Boy Scout Michael Osborne
OOV narrator EV Emmett
Producer David Croft
Writer Jimmy Perry
Writer David Croft
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