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Dad's Army

  • 1969
  • Season 3
  • 14 episodes
  • Sitcom

Summary

With the acquisition armoured car surely the boys are now a force to be reckoned with.

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Episode 6: Room at the Bottom

Summary

HQ discover that Mainwaring is not a commissioned officer and he is ordered to join the ranks as a private. Sergeant Wilson is put in temporary charge, but his lack of leadership skills during a training exercise leaves the platoon yearning for the captain's reinstatement. Comedy first aired in 1969, starring Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It’s rare that Mainwaring is so shocked he loses the power of both speech and motion, but that’s what happens in Room at the Bottom. It’s the one where he loses his commission – twice. Wilson, of course, relishes delivering the news to him, and practises in front of a mirror.  

Writers Perry and Croft are on top form here. A letter-writing sequence allows us to hear what the men are thinking – and it’s all beautifully in character. But this is Arthur Lowe’s episode through and through; after initial outrage then discomfiture, Mainwaring’s nobler qualities come to the fore. One speech even draws an emotional nose-blow from Godfrey. Fantastic pay-off, too.  

For nearly 40 years the episode survived only as a black-and-white recording but it was colour-restored in 2008.

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Capt MainwaringArthur Lowe
Sgt WilsonJohn Le Mesurier
Cpl JonesClive Dunn
Pte FrazerJohn Laurie
Pte WalkerJames Beck
Pte PikeIan Lavender
Pte GodfreyArnold Ridley
Capt BaileyJohn Ringham
The VergerEdward Sinclair
Pte SpongeColin Bean
SergeantAnthony Sagar

Crew

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ProducerDavid Croft
WriterJimmy Perry
WriterDavid Croft

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