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Dad's Army

  • 1977
  • Season 9
  • 6 episodes
  • Sitcom

Summary

Classic wartime sitcom

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Episode 5: Number Engaged

Summary

Mainwaring and the platoon are put in charge of guarding a stretch of telephone line that is vital to the war effort. During the night, there is an air raid and the men wake the next morning to find an unexploded bomb has caught in the wires. Comedy first shown in 1977, starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn.
Recommended

Review

Co-writer David Croft once said of Arnold Ridley, who played the elderly, rheumatic Godfrey, “Arnold was a delightful old dear in his 70s and I explained to him that I couldn’t save him from having to run about a bit.” So I adore one Godfrey line in tonight’s repeat: “There’s a phone box about a mile down the road; would you like me to sprint down and telephone?”

The brave if impractical suggestion comes when a bomb lands on a stretch of telephone wires being guarded by the platoon. Despite some typically ponderous problem-solving, there are unusual beats and a scene involving a collapsing bunk-bed that shouldn’t be funny but is.

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Capt MainwaringArthur Lowe
Sgt WilsonJohn Le Mesurier
Cpl JonesClive Dunn
Pte FrazerJohn Laurie
Pte GodfreyArnold Ridley
Pte PikeIan Lavender
Chief Warden HodgesBill Pertwee

Crew

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DirectorBob Spiers
ProducerDavid Croft
WriterDavid Croft
WriterJimmy Perry

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  • Episode 5

    Number Engaged

    Summary

    Mainwaring and the platoon are put in charge of guarding a stretch of telephone line that is vital to the war effort. During the night, there is an air raid and the men wake the next morning to find an unexploded bomb has caught in the wires. Comedy first shown in 1977, starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn.
    Recommended

    Review

    Co-writer David Croft once said of Arnold Ridley, who played the elderly, rheumatic Godfrey, “Arnold was a delightful old dear in his 70s and I explained to him that I couldn’t save him from having to run about a bit.” So I adore one Godfrey line in tonight’s repeat: “There’s a phone box about a mile down the road; would you like me to sprint down and telephone?”

    The brave if impractical suggestion comes when a bomb lands on a stretch of telephone wires being guarded by the platoon. Despite some typically ponderous problem-solving, there are unusual beats and a scene involving a collapsing bunk-bed that shouldn’t be funny but is.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Capt MainwaringArthur Lowe
    Sgt WilsonJohn Le Mesurier
    Cpl JonesClive Dunn
    Pte FrazerJohn Laurie
    Pte GodfreyArnold Ridley
    Pte PikeIan Lavender
    Chief Warden HodgesBill Pertwee

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorBob Spiers
    ProducerDavid Croft
    WriterDavid Croft
    WriterJimmy Perry

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