Come In, Your Time Is Up

Series 8 - Episode 4 Come In, Your Time Is Up



The show goes a bit Swallows and Amazons this week (Arthur Lowe meets Arthur Ransome, if you will) in a largely lake-based adventure. The platoon’s fieldcraft training is capsized by the arrival of the Vicar, Verger and Hodges with the sea scouts and, later, three Germans who have bailed out of their aircraft and float helplessly in a dinghy.

If the story is all a bit loose and lacking urgency, there’s still pleasure in predicting what’s going to happen when (a certain someone ending up in the water, for example), and listen out for Wilson’s somewhat out-of-character spikiness to Captain Mainwaring: “I don’t think even you can walk on the water.”

Note the day-for-night filming, and the mismatch between videotaped studio recordings and the filmed location scenes, both of which root it firmly in the 70s. And the cast must have loved the outdoor shoots, because it was always sunny!

This week’s “who knew?” is Hodges’ ability to speak German, having been a guard in a prisoner of war camp during the previous conflict.


The platoon attempts to bring ashore three German airmen who have bailed out and landed in a lake and intend to stay in their dinghy until nightfall. Pike suggests they shoot through the vessel and sink them, but Captain Mainwaring is all for fair play - until Warden Hodges gets in on the act. Classic comedy first shown in 1975, starring Arthur Lowe and Ian Lavender.

Cast & Crew

Sgt Wilson John Le Mesurier
Capt Mainwaring Arthur Lowe
Pte Frazer John Laurie
Pte Godfrey Arnold Ridley
Pte Pike Ian Lavender
ARP Warden Hodges Bill Pertwee
Rev Timothy Farthing Frank Williams
Mr Bluett Harold Bennett
Director David Croft
Producer David Croft
Writer David Croft
Writer Jimmy Perry
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