War Dance

Series 3 - Episode 9 War Dance

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Review

If you’ve never seen this Dad’s Army story, you might think you’re watching a different programme. It’s an extraordinary episode: Pike itching to announce his engagement, laid-back Wilson rounding on his superior with “My God, Mainwaring, you can hit pretty low when it suits you!”, and the good captain himself getting sloshed. The occasion for all this odd behaviour is the Home Guard dance.

Pike’s revelation that he’s taking an ATS girl sparks lots of juicy private-life speculation, and some epic snobbery from Mainwaring. It’s an unusual outing but a wonderful one. Do we remember how wide-ranging Dad’s Army could be? We certainly should. And Arthur Lowe really did play a phenomenally good drunk.

Summary

Captain Mainwaring organises a dance in an attempt to boost platoon morale - but Pike interrupts proceedings to make an important announcement regarding his girlfriend Violet. Classic comedy by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, starring Ian Lavender. First broadcast in 1969.

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
Rev Timothy Farthing Frank Williams
The Verger Edward Sinclair
Mrs Pike Janet Davies
Cissy Nan Braunton
Producer David Croft
Writer Jimmy Perry
Writer David Croft
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