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Dad's Army

  • 1977
  • Season 9
  • 6 episodes
  • Sitcom

Summary

Classic wartime sitcom

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Episode 2: The Making of Private Pike

Summary

Pike tempts fate by taking his girlfriend Sylvia out to the cinema in Mainwaring's new staff car - which promptly breaks down, leaving them stranded miles from anywhere. Classic comedy first shown in 1977, starring Arthur Lowe and Ian Lavender.

Review

In this surprising little rite-of-passage tale, a proud-as-punch Mainwaring gets a staff car, and Pike is pestered into borrowing it for a date at the flicks with Hodges’ flirty niece Sylvia (Jean Gilpin, who hadn’t passed her driving test when the story was shot).

It’s a chance to see other sides of Walmington and its characters, and co-writer David Croft was especially pleased with another heavy hint that Wilson is Pike’s father: “There was a lovely scene in the car, when John Le Mesurier was trying to tell him what he ought to know, and apologised for the fact that he’d never talked about the facts of life. It was a lovely, poignant scene.”

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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
Pte SpongeColin Bean
Chief Warden HodgesBill Pertwee
VicarFrank Williams
The VergerEdward Sinclair
SylviaJean Gilpin
NoraMelita Manger
Mrs FoxPamela Cundell
Mrs PikeJanet Davies

Crew

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ProducerDavid Croft
WriterDavid Croft
WriterJimmy Perry

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  • Episode 2

    The Making of Private Pike

    Summary

    Pike tempts fate by taking his girlfriend Sylvia out to the cinema in Mainwaring's new staff car - which promptly breaks down, leaving them stranded miles from anywhere. Classic comedy first shown in 1977, starring Arthur Lowe and Ian Lavender.

    Review

    In this surprising little rite-of-passage tale, a proud-as-punch Mainwaring gets a staff car, and Pike is pestered into borrowing it for a date at the flicks with Hodges’ flirty niece Sylvia (Jean Gilpin, who hadn’t passed her driving test when the story was shot).

    It’s a chance to see other sides of Walmington and its characters, and co-writer David Croft was especially pleased with another heavy hint that Wilson is Pike’s father: “There was a lovely scene in the car, when John Le Mesurier was trying to tell him what he ought to know, and apologised for the fact that he’d never talked about the facts of life. It was a lovely, poignant scene.”

    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
    Pte SpongeColin Bean
    Chief Warden HodgesBill Pertwee
    VicarFrank Williams
    The VergerEdward Sinclair
    SylviaJean Gilpin
    NoraMelita Manger
    Mrs FoxPamela Cundell
    Mrs PikeJanet Davies

    Crew

    rolename
    ProducerDavid Croft
    WriterDavid Croft
    WriterJimmy Perry

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