Fairly Secret Army

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Fairly Secret Army
Genre Sitcom
Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Starring Geoffrey Palmer
Michael Robbins
Liz Fraser
Jeremy Child
Diane Fletcher
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 13
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Video Arts
Original network Channel 4
Original release 22 October 1984 – 13 October 1986

Fairly Secret Army is a British sitcom which ran to thirteen episodes over two series between 1984 and 1986. Though not a direct spin-off from The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, the lead character, Major Harry Truscott, was very similar to Geoffrey Palmer's character of Jimmy in that series, and the scripts were written by Reginald Perrin's creator and writer David Nobbs.

Harry Kitchener Wellington Truscott (ex Queen's Own West Mercian Lowlanders) is an inept and slightly barmy ex-army man intent on training a group of highly unlikely people into a secret paramilitary organisation. This idea first emerged in an episode of Perrin when Jimmy confided the plan to Reggie (who rubbished it) and was based on persistent though unsubstantiated rumours in the 1970s press that right-wing generals were secretly planning a coup to rescue Britain from trade union militancy. The character's name was changed because Fairly Secret Army was broadcast on Channel 4, and the television rights to The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and its characters were held by the BBC.

The first series was script edited by John Cleese, whose training films company was responsible for the series. The series did not have a laughter track.[1] Nobbs only started work on the show when he turned down an offer to write a spin-off sitcom for Manuel of Fawlty Towers.



  1. ^ "Fairly Secret Army (1984-86)", BFI screenonline

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