The Lion Has Phones

Series 3 - Episode 3 The Lion Has Phones



“Godfrey, would you take your arm from my throat?” is the unlikely request from Captain Mainwaring in this slice of superannuated square-bashing. Not quite the deadly scenario it sounds, however; it’s the consequence of a lesson in public telephone usage. In a packed episode, boasting an abnormally large guest cast, the men get to put their newly acquired skills to the test when a German plane crashes in the reservoir.

Passing over the creaky studio-as-outdoors antics, there’s a lovely bit of nonsense with a camouflage class, an artfully conceived central misunderstanding, the rare sound of Mainwaring swearing and Wilson’s unexpected hijacking of Jones’s catchphrase.


Mainwaring gives the platoon a lecture in communications and his men have an immediate opportunity to put what they have - or haven't - learnt into action when an enemy aircraft is forced to ditch in a reservoir near the town. Comedy first broadcast in 1969, 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
Mrs Pike Janet Davies
Warden Hodges Bill Pertwee
Little Bou John Walters
Doreen Gilda Perry
Betty Linda James
Lt Hope Bruce Timothy Carlton
Sgt Waller Stanley McGeagh
Mr Cheesewright Richard Jacques
Director Harold Snoad
Producer David Croft
Writer Jimmy Perry
Writer David Croft
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