Operation Kilt

Series 2 - Episode 1 Operation Kilt



By this stage the cast had their characters down pat: Mainwaring is flummoxed by the 24-hour clock, Jones is a step behind the rest of the platoon, thunder-browed Frazer curses the entire world, and so on.

After some creaky-limbed physical training in the yard, during which Mrs Pike complains that her Frank shouldn’t be standing around in a vest, a crashing bore from GHQ drops by with a military challenge for the men. And for some reason that’s hard to justify, Frazer and Walker end up in a pantomime cow costume among a real herd. It’s a great example of when very silly becomes very funny. As Jimmy Perry pointed out in an RT feature this week, “Some of the things that enterprising Home Guard units got up to were so unorthodox that they make wonderful comedy material.”


The platoon defends headquarters in an exercise against members of the Highland Regiment, leaving Captain Mainwaring and his men with little choice but to spy on their rivals to try to come up with a plan to defeat them. Comedy first broadcast in 1969, starring Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier.

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
Mrs Pike Janet Davies
Small boy Colin Daniels
Capt Ogilvie James Copeland
Producer David Croft
Writer David Croft
Writer Jimmy Perry
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