The Bullet Is Not for Firing

Series 3 - Episode 4 The Bullet Is Not for Firing



The contrast between line-toeing optimist Mainwaring and corner-cutting realist Wilson is neatly scripted at the top of this 1969 episode. Needless to say, when the platoon uses up all its ammo on a low-flying German plane, their approaches to the problem are very different.

The resultant court of inquiry (Mainwaring wins) is, of course, a shambles, disrupted by elderly visitors to the hall and choir practice in the office. There are some ripping one-liners, and it’s the first surviving story to credit Edward Sinclair as the Verger, whose gurning indignation was to become his stock-in-trade. Jones soon puts him in his place with, “Why do you take the collection home to count it?”


The men of Walmington-on-Sea's Home Guard use up all their ammunition shooting at a passing aircraft, leaving Captain Mainwaring no alternative but to hold a court of inquiry to find out what really happened. Comedy first aired in 1969, starring John Le Mesurier, Arthur Lowe 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
The Verger Edward Sinclair
Mr Blewitt Harold Bennett
Capt Cutts Michael Knowles
Capt Pringle Tim Barrett
The Vicar Frank Williams
Mrs Dowding May Warden
Director David Croft
Producer David Croft
Writer Jimmy Perry
Writer David Croft
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