My British Buddy

Series 6 - Episode 2 My British Buddy



A chaotic whirl of flirtation and skirmish accompanies America’s entrance into the war, as a deputation arrives in Walmington. A darts match in the Red Lion is arranged and a “Hi Buddy!” banner hung over the bar. But with the platoon’s other halves donning gladrags for the occasion, including the formidable Mrs Fox (Pamela Cundell), noses are soon put out of joint.

An utterly untypical instalment gives fans plenty of incident and casting oddities to talk about. They include Pike’s girlfriend Ivy, played here by Suzanne Kerchiss but in an earlier episode by Rosemary Faith. And Alan Tilvern plays the US colonel even though he had been a Spanish captain, Rodrigues, in Battle School. 

Like Yanks in 30 minutes, the story is almost too eventful for its own good. I mean to say, Godfrey hitting a man over the head with a chair? That’s just not on!


Captain Mainwaring and the platoon welcome the first contingent of American troops to Walmington-on-Sea. All goes well initially, but when the visiting soldiers are told to make themselves at home, they show a little too much interest in the Home Guard's girlfriends, putting Anglo-US relations under strain. Classic comedy first aired in 1973, 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
Chief Warden Hodges Bill Pertwee
Vicar Frank Williams
Verger Edward Sinclair
Mrs Pike Janet Davies
Ivy Bandways Suzanne Keraniss
Mr Cheeseman Talfryn Thomas
Mrs Fox Pamela Cundall
Shirley Wendy Richard
Col Shultz Alan Tilvern
US sergeant Blain Fairman
Landlord Verne Morgan
GHQ colonel Robert Raglan
Producer David Croft
Writer Jimmy Perry
Writer David Croft
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