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Dad's Army

  • 1977
  • Season 9
  • 6 episodes
  • Sitcom

Summary

Classic wartime sitcom

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Episode 3: Knights of Madness

Summary

Captain Mainwaring and his platoon plan to stage a re-enactment of the St George and the dragon story as part of the Wings for Victory fundraising campaign, but discover Hodges and his fellow ARP wardens have had the same idea. Vintage comedy first shown in 1977, starring Arthur Lowe.

Review

Subtlety is an alien concept in tonight’s boisterous pantomime, the kind of spectacle that prefigured Hi-de-Hi! The Home Guard is in charity mode, offering to supply the finale to Walmington-on-Sea’s Wings for Victory week. Captain (George) Mainwaring suggests a St George and the Dragon theme, and naturally takes the lead. Pride, however, comes before several falls – from a horse. 

 

For Dad’s Army this kind of dressing-up-as-comedy is fairly untypical, as is the unseemly behaviour of older members of the platoon. And it’s all rather laboured – Jones’s cross-eyed gurning a case in point. Still, there is a certain surreal majesty to the sight of one dragon crashing into another, and Mainwaring gets to fight Hodges, legitimately, at last. 


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Credits

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
The VicarFrank Williams
The VergerEdward Sinclair
Pte SpongeColin Bean
Mrs YeatmanOlive Mercer
Town ClerkEric Longworth
MayorFred McNaughton

Crew

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ProducerDavid Croft
WriterJimmy Perry
WriterDavid Croft

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  • Episode 3

    Knights of Madness

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    Summary

    Captain Mainwaring and his platoon plan to stage a re-enactment of the St George and the dragon story as part of the Wings for Victory fundraising campaign, but discover Hodges and his fellow ARP wardens have had the same idea. Vintage comedy first shown in 1977, starring Arthur Lowe.

    Review

    Subtlety is an alien concept in tonight’s boisterous pantomime, the kind of spectacle that prefigured Hi-de-Hi! The Home Guard is in charity mode, offering to supply the finale to Walmington-on-Sea’s Wings for Victory week. Captain (George) Mainwaring suggests a St George and the Dragon theme, and naturally takes the lead. Pride, however, comes before several falls – from a horse. 

     

    For Dad’s Army this kind of dressing-up-as-comedy is fairly untypical, as is the unseemly behaviour of older members of the platoon. And it’s all rather laboured – Jones’s cross-eyed gurning a case in point. Still, there is a certain surreal majesty to the sight of one dragon crashing into another, and Mainwaring gets to fight Hodges, legitimately, at last. 


    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour | SUB

    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
    The VicarFrank Williams
    The VergerEdward Sinclair
    Pte SpongeColin Bean
    Mrs YeatmanOlive Mercer
    Town ClerkEric Longworth
    MayorFred McNaughton

    Crew

    rolename
    ProducerDavid Croft
    WriterJimmy Perry
    WriterDavid Croft

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