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Dad's Army

  • 1975
  • Season 8
  • 8 episodes
  • Sitcom

Summary

Classic wartime sitcom

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Episode 4: Come In, Your Time Is Up

Summary

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.
Recommended

Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Sgt WilsonJohn Le Mesurier
Capt MainwaringArthur Lowe
Pte FrazerJohn Laurie
Pte GodfreyArnold Ridley
Pte PikeIan Lavender
ARP Warden HodgesBill Pertwee
Rev Timothy FarthingFrank Williams
Mr BluettHarold Bennett

Crew

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DirectorDavid Croft
ProducerDavid Croft
WriterDavid Croft
WriterJimmy Perry

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  • Episode 4

    Come In, Your Time Is Up

    Summary

    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.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    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.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Sgt WilsonJohn Le Mesurier
    Capt MainwaringArthur Lowe
    Pte FrazerJohn Laurie
    Pte GodfreyArnold Ridley
    Pte PikeIan Lavender
    ARP Warden HodgesBill Pertwee
    Rev Timothy FarthingFrank Williams
    Mr BluettHarold Bennett

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorDavid Croft
    ProducerDavid Croft
    WriterDavid Croft
    WriterJimmy Perry

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