The Enemy Within the Gates

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TV episode[edit]

"The Enemy Within the Gates"
Dad's Army episode
Episode no. Series One
Episode 004
Directed by David Croft[1]
Story by Jimmy Perry and David Croft[1]
Produced by David Croft[1]
Original air date Wednesday 28/8/68 8.20pm[1]
(recorded Monday 6/5/68[1])
Running time 30 minutes
Episode chronology
← Previous
"Command Decision"
Next →
"The Showing Up of Corporal Jones"

The Enemy Within the Gates is the fourth episode of the first series of the British comedy series Dad's Army, which was originally transmitted on Wednesday 28 August 1968.

Synopsis[edit]

A stranger with a suspicious foreign accent convinces Mainwairing's men that he is a Polish officer serving with GHQ who has come to inform them of a £10 reward for every Nazi arrested. While on night patrol, Jones' section capture two German Airmen, but Private Godfrey complicates matters by allowing them to escape while they visit the lavatory.

Plot[edit]

Captain Winogrodzki of the Polish Forces informs the platoon that there will be a £10 reward for every live parachutist captured. Jones, Walker and Pike catch two, who escape and are caught by Winogrodzki, who announces his intention to claim the bounty for himself. But when the prisoners are collected by MPs to be taken to GHQ, Walker convinces the soldiers to take Winogrodzki too, on account of his accent. The platoon spend their £5, of their £30 reward, on a celebration dinner.

Notes[edit]

  1. Nigel Rideout was given an extra £10 for writing the German dialogue in the script.[1]

Cast[edit]

Radio episode[edit]

"The Enemy Within the Gates"
Dad's Army episode
Episode no. Series One
Episode 004
Story by Harold Snoad & Michael Knowles[1]
Produced by John Dyas
Original air date Monday 18/2/74 6.15pm[1]
(recorded Thursday 21/6/73[1])
Running time 30 minutes
Episode chronology
← Previous
"Command Decision"
Next →
"The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage"

Plot[edit]

In the radio version of the episode, only one German airman is captured (and only £20 bounty is due after Walker persuades the MPs to additionally take Winogrodzki).

Cast[edit]

Quotes[edit]

Pike:What are we gonna do with this swan?
Walker:I'm gonna take it home. Pluck it, truss it, dress it. Then I'll hang it up for a few days and then roast it with some potatoes and sprouts. Very tasty, very sweet.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Croft, David; Perry, Jimmy; Webber, Richard (2000). The Complete A-Z of Dad’s Army. Orion. pp. 63,168. ISBN 0-7528-4637-X. 

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