A Soldier's Farewell

Series 5 - Episode 3 A Soldier's Farewell



Another week, another lesson in comic acting from Arthur Lowe as George Mainwaring. Not just the skewed cap and glasses after a trampling by the platoon. Nor the ear-battering from his wife over the phone. But also watch his face when Wilson accidentally plays the German national anthem – it’s a picture.

A Soldier’s Farewell is a standout episode – one that the cast must have loved performing – in which a planned surprise backfires and the Captain enjoys a rare, and touching, moment of camaraderie with Wilson and Jones. Rich in period detail, it’s the closest we ever come to seeing the fabled Mrs Mainwaring. Oh, and Hodges has a legitimate reason to shout, “Oi, Napoleon!”


A night at the cinema with the rest of the platoon and a black-market toasted cheese sandwich make Mainwaring have an unusual dream in which he is Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. Comedy first broadcast in 1972, 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 Frazer John Laurie
Pte Walker James Beck
Pte Godfrey Arnold Ridley
Pte Pike Ian Lavender
Chief Warden Hodges Bill Pertwee
Rev Timothy Farthing Frank Williams
Pte Sponge Colin Bean
Clippie Joy Allen
Producer David Croft
Writer Jimmy Perry
Writer David Croft
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