List of Dad's Army episodes

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Dad's Army is a British sitcom about the Home Guard during World War II. The sitcom aired between 1968 and 1977, and there were a total of eighty episodes spread over nine series, as well as four Christmas specials.[1] Most episodes were also adapted for radio. The show was set in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, on the south coast of England, making the Home Guard the front line of defence against an invasion by the enemy forces across the English Channel, which formed a backdrop to the series.

The first episode, The Man and the Hour, began with a scene set in the "present day" of 1968, in which Mainwaring addressed his old platoon as part of the contemporary I'm Backing Britain campaign. It was a flash-back to the founding of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon by Mainwaring after he had heard Anthony Eden's 1940 radio broadcast. The final episode, Never Too Old, focused on the wedding of Corporal Jones and Mrs. Fox, which was interrupted as the platoon were put on full invasion alert.

The first two series were made in black and white. There are three missing episodes from series two. Only film copies of the episodes from the first two series survive; the film copies of series one were made for overseas sale, but as this series did not sell well the attempt was not repeated with series two. The three filmed episodes of the latter which exist do so because two were film recorded to show Columbia Pictures executives, who were interested in making a feature film based on the show, and another which needed to be edited in post-production.

Dates shown are original air dates on BBC One. Recording dates are for the studio recordings; but many episodes include extensive footage filmed on location the previous summer.

Series 1 (1968)[edit]

No Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
001 The Man and the Hour 15 April 1968 31 July 1968 Mainwaring, manager of Swallow's Bank, takes it upon himself to form the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon, after hearing of the formation of the Local Defence Volunteers, declaring himself Captain, and making his chief clerk, Wilson, Sergeant. In absence of weapons and uniforms, the platoon are forced to make do with pepper and armbands.[2]
002 Museum Piece 22 April 1968 7 August 1968 Mainwaring, worried that the Nazis could attack at any time, decides to requisition much needed weapons – from the local Peabody Museum of Historic Army Weapons. There is one problem – to do so, they must outwit the curator – Lance Corporal Jones' father.[2]
003 Command Decision 29 April 1968 14 August 1968 Mainwaring, still short of weapons, receives an offer from Colonel Square – he will give them weapons, but command must be handed over to him. Mainwaring agrees – until he discovers that the weapons in question are muskets, and that he wants the platoon to fight on horseback. The platoon finally receive their proper weapons at the end of the episode.[2]
004 The Enemy Within the Gates 6 May 1968 28 August 1968 A lecture by Mainwaring is interrupted when a Polish officer from GHQ announces that a reward of £10 will be available for any Nazis captured. On patrol later that night, Jones and Walker capture two Luftwaffe airmen, but they escape. The Polish GHQ officer recaptures them and brings them back to the church hall – the platoon receive a £30 reward after he is also mistaken for a German.[3]
005 The Showing Up of Corporal Jones 13 May 1968 4 September 1968 After Major Regan from Area HQ decides that Corporal Jones is too old to be in the Home Guard, he announces that unless he can get round the assault course in 15 minutes, he will be removed from the platoon. The rest of the platoon come up with a plan to save him.[3]
006 Shooting Pains 20 May 1968 11 September 1968 The platoon is chosen to provide the guard of honour for the Prime Minister on his visit to Walmington, but after awful shooting at the range, Major Regan decides that a competition between the Eastgate platoon and the Walmington-on-Sea platoon will decide who will provide the guard.[3]
  • Produced and Directed by David Croft

Series 2 (1969)[edit]

No Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
007 Operation Kilt 13 October 1968 1 March 1969 Previously missing. found in 2001. A Captain Ogilvie from a Highland regiment arrives during a parade and informs Mainwaring that there will be an invasion exercise in the district, involving some of his troops and all of Mainwaring's. The platoon devise a devious plan to ensure that they will win.[4][5]
008 The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage 20 October 1968 8 March 1969 Previously missing. found in 2001. In the event of an invasion, Mainwaring decides, the platoon will split into two sections, one commanded by Wilson and the other by Mainwaring. When the church bells ring (the signal that an invasion is in progress) Mainwaring's men scramble to their assigned positions at Godfrey's cottage, but fail to realise where Wilson's men are, leading to one section attacking the other.[4][5]
009 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker 27 October 1968 15 March 1969 Missing. Private Walker is called up into the regular Army. The platoon, anxious at how they will obtain off-the-ration supplies without him, fight to keep him. Mainwaring even travels up to Whitehall to appeal against the decision. But in the end, only one thing can save him – his allergy to corned beef.[6]
010 Sgt. Wilson's Little Secret 15 November 1968 22 March 1969 When Mrs Pike tells her son Frank there is a little stranger on the way, having agreed to take in a child evacuee, Wilson gets worried, thinking she is pregnant, and begins to plan a wedding.[6]
011 A Stripe for Frazer 15 November 1968 29 March 1969 Missing. soundtrack found in 2008. Mainwaring has the opportunity to promote one of his men to Corporal, and rather than give it to Jones, decides to test who has the greatest potential, by giving Frazer a temporary promotion to Lance Corporal. But Frazer's increasingly dictatorial manner alienates the platoon.[6]
012 Under Fire 27 November 1968 5 April 1969 Missing. After Frazer spots what he believes to be a German spy signalling planes, the platoon arrest a suspect – but he protests he is a naturalised Englishman. Warden Hodges embarrasses them by confirming that not only is the suspect a loyal British subject, but that he is also married to Hodges' Auntie Ethel.[6]
  • Produced and Directed by David Croft (Episodes 1–3)
  • Produced by David Croft, Directed by Harold Snoad (Episodes 4–6)

Series 3 (1969)[edit]

From this point on, all episodes were in colour

No Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
013 The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones 25 May 1969 11 September 1969 Jones donates his butcher's van to the platoon as a troop transport. Walker wants to use it for his black market activities, but when the platoon is encouraged by GHQ to work more closely with the ARP, Warden Hodges puts a spoke in the plan by deciding the vehicle will be used for an air-raid practice exercise.[7]
014 Battle School 1 June 1969 18 September 1969 The platoon is selected to attend a weekend camp. After arriving 'nearby' by train, they get lost and arrive late and hungry, oversleep and miss breakfast, and are instructed to capture an 'enemy base'. The discovery of a secret tunnel makes this somewhat easier.[7]
015 The Lion Has Phones 8 June 1969 25 September 1969 Mainwaring decides to use the public telephone system as a means of emergency communication, and sets out to familiarise his men with its intricacies. The exercise is put to good use when a German plane crashes in the town's reservoir, leading Jones and Hodges to frantically try to phone GHQ. Walker solves the crisis by flooding the reservoir, forcing the crew to surrender.[7]
016 The Bullet is Not for Firing 22 June 1969 2 October 1969 When the platoon's entire supply of ammunition is used up in engaging a low-flying German plane, Mainwaring sets up a court of inquiry to determine who should be held responsible; but the inquiry becomes farcical when the platoon attempt to re-enact the event.[7]
017 Something Nasty in the Vault 15 June 1969 9 October 1969 Swallows Bank takes a direct hit during an air-raid, but the bomb fails to explode, leaving Mainwaring and Wilson stuck in the vault with it. When the Bomb Disposal officer retreats to collect the right tools, the platoon must take matters into their own hands.[8]
018 Room at the Bottom 29 June 1969 16 October 1969 It's determined by GHQ that Captain Mainwaring has never held a commission, and he is demoted to Private. Sergeant Wilson takes temporary charge as Mainwaring attempts to regain his command.[8] (Although made in colour, this episode survived only as a 16mm black & white film recording. A new technology, developed by the BBC, allowed the hidden colour signal which had accidentally been preserved in the monochrome film print to be used to restore the episode to colour. The restored version was broadcast on BBC 2 on 13 December 2008)[9]
019 Big Guns 6 July 1969 23 October 1969 The platoon is given a heavy naval artillery piece – but the town's bandstand, a rare example of Victorian ironwork, is obstructing the field of fire. The Town Council insist it must be preserved, but Mainwaring reasons that a demonstration of the gun's capabilities will win over the doubters.[8]
020 The Day the Balloon Went Up 23 October 1969 30 October 1969 A runaway barrage balloon has to be brought back to earth, and the platoon is called to action. One mistake leads to another, and Captain Mainwaring finds himself on an aerial tour of the English countryside.[8]
021 War Dance 30 October 1969 6 November 1969 Mainwaring announces that a dance will be held to raise morale, but is less than pleased when Pike announces that his date for the evening will be the daughter of his cleaning woman. The Captain's concern about Pike's infatuation with this 'common' young woman is as nothing beside the reaction of Frank's mother when she finds out.[8]
022 Menace from the Deep 7 November 1969 13 November 1969 The platoon are placed on guard duty, manning a machine gun post at the end of the pier. After Pike loses the food and the boat, morale begins to fall. The spotting of a drifting sea mine fails to improve morale.[10]
023 Branded 14 November 1969 20 November 1969 When Private Godfrey admits to having been a conscientious objector during the Great War, he is branded a coward and sent home in disgrace, and is thereafter ostracised by the platoon. When, however, he saves Mainwaring's life, and it emerges that he holds the Military Medal for bravery under fire as a medical orderly, he is forgiven and reinstated.[10]
024 Man Hunt 21 November 1969 27 November 1969 Mainwaring decides to use Walker's new tracking dog to discover the source of a discarded parachute. An enemy airman is finally cornered – but only after the platoon have searched for several dozen pairs of ladies' undergarments, made from the parachute's silk.[10]
025 No Spring for Frazer 28 November 1969 4 December 1969 Frazer, a coffin maker, loses the spring of the Lewis gun. Frazer believes it has been lost in a recently made coffin, shortly to be buried. The platoon declare a bomb scare and evacuate the graveyard, but fail to find the spring – until Frazer finds it in his pocket.[10]
026 Sons of the Sea 5 December 1969 11 December 1969 Mainwaring believes that the platoon could play havoc with the Nazis in a recently requisitioned boat, and the platoon set off to guard the local River. After getting lost in what they believe to be the English Channel, the platoon believe they are behind enemy lines, stow away on a train, and disable their weapons – until they discover they are in Eastbourne.[10]
  • Produced and Directed by David Croft (Except 3 and 11)
  • Produced by David Croft, Directed by Harold Snoad (Episodes 3 and 11)

Series 4 (1970)[edit]

No Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
027 The Big Parade 17 July 1970 25 September 1970 The platoon join in 'Spitfire Week' parade, but have to compete with the Sea Scouts and the ARP for pole position. Mainwaring thinks a mascot will help – but when Pike falls in a bog as they try to catch a ram, their plans go awry.[11]
028 Don't Forget the Diver 24 July 1970 2 October 1970 The platoon takes part in an exercise to capture a windmill containing Captain Square's men – they must plant a dummy bomb in the windmill. They decide to put Jones in a fake tree trunk and push him up the river – but only he can get the bomb inside.[11]
029 Boots, Boots, Boots 31 July 1970 9 October 1970 Captain Mainwaring is concerned with the three Fs – fast feet, fit feet and functional feet. He embarks on a foot toughening regime, including 20 miles (32 km) route marches and playing football in bare feet.[11]
030 Sgt – Save My Boy! 27 June 1970 16 October 1970 Pike gets caught in barbed wire on the beach, in the middle of a mine field. But the Army engineers are slow to arrive, and it is up to the platoon to save him – with Godfrey's help.[11]
031 Don't Fence Me In 10 July 1970 23 October 1970 The platoon have been sent to guard a camp full of Italian POWs – but Walker's attitude to them makes Mainwaring wonder whether he is a fifth columnist.[11]
032 Absent Friends 7 August 1970 30 October 1970 In Mainwaring's absence, the platoon forego parade to compete in a darts match against the ARP wardens – but when Mainwaring arrives back he is appalled and orders Wilson to bring them back – but with two pints for the winners, the platoon are staying where they are.[12]
033 Put That Light Out! 30 October 1970 6 November 1970 The platoon man a local lighthouse as defence against a seaborne assault – but when the light is switched on and the town is illuminated during an air-raid, Jones' section must come up with an ingenious plan to turn it off – and the telephone wires are cut.[12]
034 The Two and a Half Feathers 6 November 1970 13 November 1970 Jones has extensive battle experience – but when one of his comrades from the Sudan, Clarke, turns up and accuses him of cowardice, Jones puts the record straight, and Clarke is sent out of the town in disgrace.[12]
035 Mum's Army 13 November 1970 20 November 1970 Mainwaring allows female members into his platoon – but with Mrs. Mainwaring still at home, the Captain takes a shine to a younger woman. Rumours begin to circulate that there is more to their relationship than immediately visible.[12]
036 The Test 20 November 1970 27 November 1970 The ARP challenge the Home Guard to a game of cricket, but while Mainwaring is happy to play fair, Hodges has a secret weapon – Ernie Egan, a professional cricketer.[12]
037 A. Wilson (Manager)? 27 November 1970 4 December 1970 Mainwaring is shocked to discover that Wilson has been commissioned, and even more shocked when he finds out that Wilson has been made manager of the Eastgate branch, leaving Pike as his Chief Clerk and Jones as his Sergeant.[13]
038 Uninvited Guests 4 December 1970 11 December 1970 After the ARP HQ is bombed out, the platoon are forced to share the church hall with the ARP wardens. Mainwaring protests to anyone who will listen, and they are ordered to leave – but not for another week.[13]
039 Fallen Idol 11 December 1970 18 December 1970 Captain Square gets Mainwaring drunk in the Officers Mess, ending up thoroughly inebriated – only a truly heroic action can repair his damaged reputation in the eyes of his men.[13]
  • Produced and Directed by David Croft (Except 2 and 5)
  • Produced by David Croft, Directed by Harold Snoad (Episodes 2 and 5)

Christmas Special (1971)[edit]

No Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
040 Battle of the Giants! 19 October 1971 27 December 1971 The platoon are challenged by the Eastgate platoon to a test – but Hodges, the vicar and the verger are judges. To begin with, they seem likely to win – but when Jones gets a bad attack of malaria, defeat seems close.[13]
  • Produced and Directed by David Croft. This episode is one hour long, rather than the usual 30 minutes

Series 5 (1972)[edit]

No Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
041 Asleep in the Deep 26 May 1972 6 October 1972 A bomb falls on the local pumping station as Godfrey and Walker are patrolling there, trapping them. When the platoon try to free them, they get stuck with them, and when a pipe bursts the room rapidly begins filling with water.[14]
042 Keep Young and Beautiful 9 June 1972 13 October 1972 The older members of the platoon try to make themselves look younger to avoid transfer to the ARP – the Captain dons a toupee, some dye their hair and the Sergeant puts on a corset.[14]
043 A Soldier's Farewell 2 June 1972 20 October 1972 Mainwaring, depressed as his men are not living up to his expectations, and believing his leadership to be unappreciated, dreams he is Napoleon after eating too much toasted cheese.[14]
044 Getting the Bird 19 May 1972 27 October 1972 Wilson goes AWOL and is seen with his arm round a younger woman, who turns out be his daughter. Walker acquires 250 pigeons for Jones to sell as "off the ration" meat – but when Jones hears of a shortage of pigeons in Trafalgar Square, he changes his mind. Contains some of the finest intimate acting and pathos (from le Mesurier and Laurie) seen on screen regarding Wilson's "lost" daughter.[14]
045 The Desperate Drive of Corporal Jones 16 June 1972 3 November 1972 A mis-read map lands the platoon in a barn marked as a target for artillery practice. Jones and Godfrey try to phone to stop the firing, but Godfrey cuts the wire – it is down to Jones to reach the barn before it is blown up.[14]
046 If the Cap Fits... 30 June 1972 10 November 1972 After Frazer moans about Mainwaring wasting his time with irrelevant lectures, he allows Frazer become Captain for a couple of days – but the power goes to his head. When Mainwaring re-assumes command he is shocked to find out he must play the bagpipes the following day.[15]
047 The King was in his Counting House 23 June 1972 17 November 1972 To boost morale, Mainwaring holds a party in his home – but a bomb hits the Walmington-on-Sea branch of Swallows Bank, and there are thousands of pounds to be counted and guarded by his party guests and taken to the Eastgate branch on horse and cart.[15]
048 All is Safely Gathered In 3 November 1972 24 November 1972 The platoon volunteer to gather the harvest at one of Godfrey's friend's 100-acre (0.4 km2) farm. The harvest is collected in well – until the widow's home-made potato wine is served.[15]
049 When Did You Last See Your Money? 10 November 1972 1 December 1972 When Jones arrives at the bank to deposit £500 from local shopkeepers for the servicemen's canteen, he realises the packet he has contains a pound of sausages instead.[15]
050 Brain Versus Brawn 17 November 1972 8 December 1972 The platoon is challenged to plant a dummy bomb in the OC's office, and decide to disguise themselves as firemen, travelling in an old fire engine. There is one problem – Hodges has spotted a real fire.[15]
051 A Brush with the Law 26 November 1972 15 December 1972 Mainwaring is charged with showing a light and taken to court by a gleeful Warden, and when the Verger tries to correct him he is blackmailed into remaining silent. Walker takes to the stand.[16]
052 Round and Round Went the Great Big Wheel 1 December 1972 22 December 1972 Operation Catherine Wheel is the testing of the War Office's new radio controlled explosive wheel. The platoon are chosen for fatigues – but Pike and Walker sneak off to listen to the radio, unknowingly pushing the wheel out of control.[16]
053 Time on My Hands 8 December 1972 29 December 1972 An enemy pilot has bailed out and is trapped on the town hall clock. The platoon climb up the precarious ladder to reach him, but getting down is harder – Jones has broken the ladder.[16]
  • Produced and Directed by David Croft

Series 6 (1973)[edit]

No Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
054 The Deadly Attachment 22 June 1973 31 October 1973 The platoon is ordered to guard the crew of a sunken U-Boat until the escort arrives – but when the escort is delayed, they must guard them all night. They insist on being fed only the finest fish and chips, and make it known that they will be held accountable after the war.[16]
055 My British Buddy 8 June 1973 7 November 1973 The Americans have decided to get involved in the war, and they make themselves at home in Walmington-on-Sea – with the platoon's girlfriends. A fight breaks out – and the local press are on hand to record it.[16]
056 The Royal Train 29 June 1973 14 November 1973 King George VI is set to pass through Walmington and the platoon are selected to provide a guard of honour, but a mix-up between sleeping pills and saccharine knocks out the driver and fireman of a preceding train. The platoon must move the train to clear the line.[17]
057 We Know Our Onions 15 June 1973 21 November 1973 The platoon take part in an efficiency test – but fail the first sections miserably. Then a combination of Hodges' onions and their Smith gun gives them a distinct advantage.[17]
058 The Honourable Man 8 July 1973 28 November 1973 Mainwaring is enraged when Sergeant Wilson inherits a title, and consequently receives an invitation to the golf club Mainwaring has been trying to join for years as well as ending up welcoming a visiting Soviet VIP.[17]
059 Things that Go Bump in the Night 15 July 1973 5 December 1973 The platoon run out of petrol outside a deserted, apparently haunted, house. Tired and miserable, they decide to spend the night in the house – but it's not entirely deserted. This was the last episode that James Beck starred as Private Joe Walker; he died on 6 August 1973.[17]
060 The Recruit 22 July 1973 12 December 1973 When Mainwaring takes leave due to an ingrowing toenail, Wilson takes charge – but he allows the vicar and the verger to join the platoon, making the rest of the men angry. While on patrol, they prove useless at keeping order, and end up resigning.[17]
  • Produced and Directed by David Croft

Series 7 (1974)[edit]

No Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
061 Everybody's Trucking 27 October 1974 15 November 1974 The platoon are given the job of signposting the area for an Army exercise – but a steam engine is blocking the route, and its driver has gone. When Jones tries to drive his van through, he gets stuck, along with Hodges in his van and the vicar with his bus load of pensioners. They must set up a diversion.[18]
062 A Man of Action 7 May 1974 22 November 1974 A landmine has destroyed 100 yards (92 m) of railway track, along with water and gas supplies and telephone wires. Compounding the problem, Pike gets his head stuck between the bars of a gate. Mainwaring declares martial law.[18]
063 Gorilla Warfare 27 October 1974 29 November 1974 On a field exercise acting as commandos meeting a secret agent (Mainwaring), the platoon must trust no-one – GHQ has put out counter agents to catch them. The appearance of a gorilla compounds their problem.[18]
064 The Godiva Affair 3 November 1974 6 December 1974 The platoon are dressing up as morris dancers as part of a carnival to raise money for the town's Spitfire fund, which is still £2,000 short. A Lady Godiva figure will lead the parade, but there is confusion over who this will be.[18]
065 The Captain's Car 17 November 1974 13 December 1974 Lady Maltby has donated her Rolls-Royce to the war effort – Mainwaring decides this would make an excellent staff car, and gives it to Wilson and Pike to camouflage – they are providing the guard of honour for a visiting French general – but, following a mix-up, the Mayor's Rolls-Royce gets painted as well - just before the French general's visit.[19]
066 Turkey Dinner 10 November 1974 23 December 1974 After Jones mistakenly shoots a turkey on patrol, and its owner cannot be found, the platoon decide to hold a turkey dinner and treat the town's senior citizens. Mainwaring turns up in a dinner jacket, which is promptly soaked with gravy – which is then covered up with white paint.[19]
  • Produced and Directed by David Croft

Series 8 (1975)[edit]

No Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
067 Ring Dem Bells 3 July 1975 5 September 1975 Mainwaring is displeased when he finds out his platoon has been chosen to play Nazis in a training film, and even more so when he finds out Pike and Sgt. Wilson are to play the German officers. When they arrive at the set, they are told filming will not start for another week – on the way back, they are mistaken for real Nazis when they stop at a pub – and then again when they reach Walmington.[19]
068 When You've Got to Go 6 June 1975 12 September 1975 Despite his bad chest, blocked sinuses, weak ankles, and a recently acquired facial tic, Pike is passed A1 on medical and is set to join the Army. Before this happens, Mainwaring must compete with Hodges in a blood donor drive – and it is discovered that since Pike has a rare blood type, he is no longer suitable for call up.[19]
069 Is There Honey Still for Tea? 26 June 1975 19 September 1975 Godfrey's cottage is under threat from the building of a new aerodrome – but Frazer knows the past of the Minister in charge – his expulsion from school and getting sacked from a weekend job for theft.[19]
070 Come in, Your Time is Up 10 July 1975 26 September 1975 The platoon go camping and discover three Nazis in a dinghy, aircrew who bailed out when their plane was shot down. Pike wants to shoot through the dinghy and sink them, but Mainwaring dismisses this as not "playing with a straight bat." Wilson comes up with a more civilised strategy.[20]
071 High Finance 30 May 1975 3 October 1975 Mainwaring stops Jones from cashing any more cheques because his bank balance is in the red – but an investigation reveals an increasing train of debtors, traced back to Hodges, through an orphanage Jones has been supplying with meat.[20]
072 The Face on the Poster 17 July 1975 10 October 1975 Mainwaring prepares a poster for a recruitment drive, eager to increase his platoon to a company and gain promotion to Major – but a print shop mix-up lands the platoon in trouble, and Jones, the face of the recruitment drive, in a POW camp.[20]
  • Produced and Directed by David Croft

Christmas Specials (1975–1976)[edit]

No Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
073 My Brother and I 23 May 1975 26 December 1975 Mainwaring's drunken brother Barry (Arthur Lowe in a dual role) arrives in Walmington claiming that their father's pocket watch, held by Mainwaring, belongs to him. Mainwaring gives him the pocket watch to assuage him, but he gatecrashes Mainwaring's party for local dignitaries.[20]
074 The Love of Three Oranges 10 October 1976 26 December 1976 To raise money for the Comforts For The Troops Fund, the vicar organises a bazaar – each member of the platoon donates something. Hodges the greengrocer donates three oranges, extremely rare due to wartime rationing. Mrs. Mainwaring fails to show, and Captain Mainwaring has only one chance of redemption – get his hands on one of Hodges' oranges.[21]
  • Produced and Directed by David Croft

Series 9 (1977)[edit]

No Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
075 Wake Up Walmington 8 July 1977 2 October 1977 As the threat of invasion lessens, the towns people begin to relax. Mainwaring orders Operation Wake-Up, dressing the platoon up as fifth columnists, and telling them to act suspiciously. Eventually, the Eastgate platoon are called in to deal with them.[21]
076 The Making of Private Pike 1 July 1977 9 October 1977 Pike borrows Mainwaring's recently acquired staff car to drive his new girlfriend to Eastgate, but, still heady from his raspberryade binge, it runs out of petrol nine miles from home on the way back, forcing Pike to spend all night pushing it back.[21]
077 Knights of Madness 22 July 1977 16 October 1977 As part of a Wings for Victory campaign, the platoon decide to stage a re-enactment of the battle between St George and the Dragon, with Mainwaring as St. George – but the ARP wardens have been planning exactly the same thing.[21]
078 The Miser's Hoard 24 June 1977 23 October 1977 Frazer, distrustful of banks, keeps his savings in the form of gold sovereigns – but Mainwaring believes his hoard would be better in Mainwaring's bank. Rumours spread about the savings, and when Frazer is seen carrying a box to the graveyard, the platoon follow.[22]
079 Number Engaged 15 July 1977 6 November 1977 The platoon is given the job of guarding telephone wires, otherwise known as "highly secret invasion warning devices" – but as the vicar arrives to lead a service, Mainwaring sees an unexploded bomb caught in the wires. Mainwaring's commandeering of furniture fails to help, but Wilson has a better idea.[22]
080 Never Too Old 29 July 1977 13 November 1977 Corporal Jones is married to Mrs Fox – but the service is interrupted as an invasion warning is sounded. The platoon break the fourth wall and raise their glasses to toast Britain's real Home Guard.[22]
  • Produced and Directed by David Croft (Episodes 3 and 6)
  • Produced by David Croft, Directed by Bob Spiers (Episodes 1, 2, 4, 5)

Christmas Sketches[edit]

Christmas Night with the Stars was a television programme screened annually on Christmas night, when the top light entertainment stars of the BBC appeared in short versions of their regular programmes (known as 'sketches'). The sketches were typically 10 to 15 minutes long.

Dad's Army appeared four times in 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1972. The 1968 and 1970 Christmas sketches no longer exist (the then expensive videotape being re-used). However, an amateur recording of the soundtrack of the "The Cornish Floral Dance" was returned to the BBC and included on the Christmas Specials DVD as an extra.

No Title Recorded First Broadcast Overview
001 Untitled Sketch 27 October 1968 25 December 1968 It's Christmas morning parade 1940, and Mainwaring is confronted by a platoon of Father Christmases.
Currently missing from archives.
002 Resisting the Aggressor Down the Ages 21 November 1969 25 December 1969 The platoon are busy rehearsing their performance for the town pageant, a propaganda show to inspire the locals and raise funds for "War Weapons Week".
003 Cornish Floral Dance 4 December 1970 25 December 1970 The platoon rehearse the song 'The Floral Dance' alongside the Wardens and some of the ladies of Walmington-on-Sea.
Video still missing, amateur soundtrack recording found (can be heard as an extra on the Christmas Specials DVD). The script was recycled for a scene in the radio adaptation of The Godiva Affair and as part of the Dad's Army stage show (a segment of which was also included in the 1975 Royal Variety Performance).
004 Broadcast to the Empire 26 November 1972 25 December 1972 It's Christmas 1941, And the platoon is chosen to take part in a world wide radio broadcast.


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  7. ^ a b c d McCann, (2001), p.234
  8. ^ a b c d e McCann, (2001), p.235
  9. ^ Radio Times, 13–19 December 2008 Edition
  10. ^ a b c d e McCann, (2001), p.236
  11. ^ a b c d e McCann, (2001), p.237
  12. ^ a b c d e McCann, (2001), p.238
  13. ^ a b c d McCann, (2001), p.239
  14. ^ a b c d e McCann, (2001), p.240
  15. ^ a b c d e McCann, (2001), p.241
  16. ^ a b c d e McCann, (2001), p.242
  17. ^ a b c d e McCann, (2001), p.243
  18. ^ a b c d McCann, (2001), p.244
  19. ^ a b c d e McCann, (2001), p.245
  20. ^ a b c d McCann, (2001), p.246
  21. ^ a b c d McCann, (2001), p.247
  22. ^ a b c McCann, (2001), p.248

An extra claims she was in an episode called : The vergers Day out. When the verger took a group of old people out for a day trip.


  • McCann, Graham (2001). Dad's Army: The story of a classic television show. Fourth Estate. ISBN 1-84115-308-7. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Croft, David; Perry, Jimmy; Webber, Richard (2003). Dad's Army: The Complete Scripts. Orion. ISBN 0-7528-6024-0
  • Croft, David; Perry, Jimmy; Webber, Richard (2000). The Complete A-Z of Dad's Army. Orion. ISBN 0-7528-1838-4

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