Something Nasty in the Vault

Series 3 - Episode 5 Something Nasty in the Vault



The assault-course scrapes and don’t-like-it-up-’ems were all well and good, but there was nothing like a bit of life-or-death to vary the pace and bring out the best in the cast. When an air raid leaves Mainwaring and Wilson cradling an unexploded bomb in the bank vault, the rest of the platoon run about like headless chickens. Walmington’s well-oiled machine soon cranks up a gear, however: Frazer’s fishing skills come to the fore, Pike keeps away the riff-raff; Godfrey rustles up some coffee.

Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier sell their sweaty predicament like the seasoned pros they were, and the former’s “Oh come on, Wilson, cheer up” brings quite a lump to the throat.


Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson are trapped in the bank vault with an unexploded bomb - so the Home Guard heroes try to defuse the situation without their savings going up in flames. Jimmy Perry and David Croft's classic wartime comedy, starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn. First broadcast in 1969.

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
Mrs Pike Janet Davies
ARP Warden Hodges Bill Pertwee
Bank Inspector Robert Dorning
Captain Bill Rogers Norman Mitchell
Director David Croft
Writer Jimmy Perry
Writer David Croft
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