Then Churchill Said to Me

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Then Churchill Said To Me
Genre Comedy
Written by Maurice Sellar and Lou Jones
Directed by Martin Shardlow
Starring Frankie Howerd
Nicholas Courtney
Joanna Dunham
Theme music composer Ronnie Hazlehurst
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Producer(s) Roger Race
Original channel UK Gold
Original run 1 March 1993 (1993-03-01) – 5 April 1993 (1993-04-05)

Then Churchill Said To Me is a television comedy series starring Frankie Howerd and Nicholas Courtney. Made in 1982, the series was not screened until 1993.


The comedy is set in Winston Churchill's secret underground wartime bunker. Howerd plays a soldier named Private Potts who according to the DVD's cover "acts as a batman to a group of officers" who, like the character of Lurcio in the popular Up Pompeii! is hell-bent on avoiding work and gets into various scrapes as a result.

The premise of the show was similar in content to the previous Howerd vehicles (see also Whoops Baghdad) but in a more contemporary setting. In one episode Private Potts is revealed to be a doppelganger of a high-ranking general, also portrayed by Howerd, echoing storylines from these series and their big screen adaptations.

Transmission and commercial release[edit]

The series was made in 1982 but was not shown at the time owing to the outbreak of the Falklands War, the programme was deemed unsuitable for transmission owing to its setting. It was first broadcast by the satellite channel UK Gold in 1993, and was finally broadcast on BBC Two in 2000.

Three episodes were released by the BBC on VHS in 1993 and subsequently in its entirety on DVD in 2006 as part of a box-set also including Up Pompeii! and a compilation of Howerd's best moments including clips and interview material.

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