Keep Young and Beautiful (Dad's Army)

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"Keep Young and Beautiful"
Dad's Army episode
Episode no. Series Five
Episode 042
Directed by David Croft
Story by Jimmy Perry and David Croft
Produced by David Croft
Original air date Friday 13/10/72 8.30pm
(recorded Friday 9/6/72)
Running time 30 minutes
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Keep Young and Beautiful is the title of the second episode of the fifth series of the British comedy series Dad's Army originally transmitted Friday 13 October 1972.


The government has called for an injection of youth into the Home Guard, along with a syphoning off of the more elderly of its current members into the ARP. When an exchange of personnel is mooted, the platoon decides to take drastic action: some dye their hair, others enrich their skin, the sergeant dons an 'abdominal corset' and the captain a toupée.


Captain Mainwaring is discussing with Sergeant Wilson how he would prefer to have much younger men in his platoon after Corporal Jones' section make a mockery of the days exercise. At that moment, Wilson presents Mainwaring with a letter from the war office which states that the oldest members of the Home Guard will be transferred to ARP and the younger, more fitter ARP Wardens will be transferred into the Home Guard.

Upon learning of this, Corporal Jones and Private Godfrey visit Private Frazer's funeral parlour and tell him that "If any of the platoon are going to be put in the ARP, it'll be us 3 cause we're the oldest." Frazer then agrees to perform a makeover on Jones and Godfrey, as well as himself, in order to make them look younger. In the meantime, Mainwaring worries that he too might be transferred into the ARP, so he buys himself a wig, much to the amusement of the Platoon. Chief Warden Hodges is also worried of being put into the Home Guard so he purchases some grey "hair dye" courtesy of Private Walker, which is actually white ceiling paint.

When Mainwaring learns of the drastic measures that Frazer, Jones & Godfrey have gone through in order to stay in the platoon, he does not approve, but states that "its too late to do anything about it now." After the inspection, in which none of the Home Guard members were selected to join the ARP, it begins to rain heavily, causing the makeup on the 3 soldiers faces to run.


The title is a reference to the popular 1930s showtune "Keep Young and Beautiful".



  • Croft, David; Perry, Jimmy; Webber, Richard (2000). The Complete A-Z of Dad’s Army. Orion. ISBN 0-7528-4637-X. 

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