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Dad's Army

  • 1970
  • Season 4
  • 14 episodes
  • Sitcom

Summary

Wartime comedy series

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Episode 13: The Fallen Idol

Summary

Under Captain Square's influence, Mainwaring has too much to drink and suffers a terrible hangover during a weekend course - but still manages to save Jonesy's life. Comedy, first shown in 1970, starring Arthur Lowe.
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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This nigh-on perfect episode is The Arthur Lowe Show in all but name. A training weekend for the platoon enables Lowe to run through his sublime Mainwarisms: the “throat-clutching choke”, the “skewed cap and glasses”, and the rare but wonderful “trying desperately not to appear drunk”. (Almost as funny is Sergeant Wilson’s teddy-bear hiding – an Embarrassment Masterclass from John Le Mesurier.)

It all comes about as a result of Captain “What! What!” Square and a bunch of whisky-swilling officers leading Mainwaring astray, to the scowling disenchantment of Frazer and co. And it takes a genuine crisis to restore him in the eyes of his men...

Fallen Idol is delicious to the last drop, when an “Iris Out” homage to the silent era provides the show’s best-ever sign-off.

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Capt MainwaringArthur Lowe
Sgt WilsonJohn Le Mesurier
Cpl JonesClive Dunn
Pte FrazerJohn Laurie
Pte WalkerJames Beck
Pte GodfreyArnold Ridley
Pte PikeIan Lavender
Capt SquareGeoffrey Lumsden

Crew

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DirectorDavid Croft
WriterJimmy Perry
WriterDavid Croft

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