High Finance

Series 8 - Episode 5 High Finance



“In all my years as a bank manager I’ve never seen such slapdash methods,” says a bamboozled Mainwaring in a story set largely in civvy street. Jones is the insolvent old soldier in question, and a visit to his butcher’s shop reveals all manner of sloppy book-keeping. At the heart of the problem is an outstanding £50 in a plotline that resembles the song There’s a Hole in My Bucket.

It’s a leisurely caper that allows time for many small delights, including Wilson’s sunny description of his walk to work (“I wish I could afford to be sentimental,” replies Mainwaring), a brisk bit of hat slapstick plus a richly deserved comeuppance. And look at that patched-up office door in the bank – a nice bit of continuity from an earlier episode there.


Captain Mainwaring is alarmed to discover the extent of Corporal Jones's cash-flow crisis and takes drastic measures to help the butcher get back on his feet. Classic comedy first shown in 1975, starring Arthur Lowe and Clive Dunn.

Cast & Crew

Capt Mainwaring Arthur Lowe
Sgt Wilson John Le Mesurier
L Cpl Jones Clive Dunn
Pte Frazer John Laurie
Pte Godfrey Arnold Ridley
Pte Pike Ian Lavender
ARP Warden Hodges Bill Pertwee
Vicar Frank Williams
Verger Edward Sinclair
Miss Twelvetrees Natalie Kent
Mr Swann Ronnie Brody
Mavis Pike Janet Davies
Pte Sponge Colin Bean
Director David Croft
Producer David Croft
Writer Jimmy Perry
Writer David Croft
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