We Know Our Onions

Series 6 - Episode 4 We Know Our Onions



The 50th-anniversary year repeats continue with this vegetable- based 1973 offering, in which Captain Mainwaring gets deluged with onions and the platoon take a Home Guard efficiency test. Fulton Mackay plays the hectoring officer in charge, and if the episode looks more filmic than usual, it’s because a strike forced the cast to shoot it on location in Brighton.

Wilson’s can’t-be-bothered air serves him well, while Godfrey’s sister Dolly somehow manages to turn an anti-tank gun into a kitsch sofa.


Captain Mainwaring and his platoon take part in a gruelling efficiency test in a bid to prove their worth, but end up mistakenly attacking a tea lady with onions from Jones's van. Classic comedy first shown in 1973, guest starring Fulton Mackay (Porridge).

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
ARP Warden Hodges Bill Pertwee
Capt Ramsey Fulton Mackay
Producer David Croft
Writer Jimmy Perry
Writer David Croft
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