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Dad's Army

  • 1975
  • Season 8
  • 8 episodes
  • Sitcom

Summary

Classic wartime sitcom

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Episode 5: High Finance

Summary

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.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

“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.

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Cast

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Capt MainwaringArthur Lowe
Sgt WilsonJohn Le Mesurier
L Cpl JonesClive Dunn
Pte FrazerJohn Laurie
Pte GodfreyArnold Ridley
Pte PikeIan Lavender
ARP Warden HodgesBill Pertwee
VicarFrank Williams
VergerEdward Sinclair
Miss TwelvetreesNatalie Kent
Mr SwannRonnie Brody
Mavis PikeJanet Davies
Pte SpongeColin Bean

Crew

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DirectorDavid Croft
ProducerDavid Croft
WriterJimmy Perry
WriterDavid Croft

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  • Episode 5

    High Finance

    Summary

    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.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    “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.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Capt MainwaringArthur Lowe
    Sgt WilsonJohn Le Mesurier
    L Cpl JonesClive Dunn
    Pte FrazerJohn Laurie
    Pte GodfreyArnold Ridley
    Pte PikeIan Lavender
    ARP Warden HodgesBill Pertwee
    VicarFrank Williams
    VergerEdward Sinclair
    Miss TwelvetreesNatalie Kent
    Mr SwannRonnie Brody
    Mavis PikeJanet Davies
    Pte SpongeColin Bean

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorDavid Croft
    ProducerDavid Croft
    WriterJimmy Perry
    WriterDavid Croft

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