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, produced by David Croft and written by Croft and Jimmy Perry.[1][2] Set in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, located near Eastbourne, it follows a well-meaning platoon, composed of men ineligible for active service, as they serve as the Britain's "last line of defence".[3] The series broadcast on BBC One from 15 April 1968 to 13 November 1977 for a total of eighty episodes spread over nine series, including three Christmas specials.[1][3] Four short Christmas sketches were also broadcast as part of Christmas Night with the Stars.[4][5] The first two series were broadcast in black and white, and the third to ninth series were broadcast in colour. Episodes ran for thirty minutes each, with some exceptions: the 1971 special ran for sixty minutes, the 1975 special ran for forty minutes, and an episode of series 9 ran for thirty-five minutes.[3]

Five episodes of series 2 were lost from the BBC Archives. Two episodes, "Operation Kilt" and "The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage", were found in 2001.[1] The other three episodes remain lost.[6][7][8] An audio recording of "A Stripe for Frazer", one of these three episodes, was discovered in 2008, and an animated version of the episode was released in February 2016.[9] An episode of series 3, "Room at the Bottom", was broadcast in color, but only a black and white copy survived in the archives; a colour recovery endeavor was undertaken, and the episode was restored in 2008.[10]

Series 1 (1968)[edit]

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Title Recorded date Original air date
01 01 "The Man and the Hour" 15 April 1968 (1968-04-15)[11] 31 July 1968 (1968-07-31)[11]
After hearing of the formation of the Home Guard, Mainwaring, a bank manager, takes it upon himself to form a platoon in Walmington-on-Sea. He declares himself captain and names his chief clerk, Wilson, sergeant.
02 02 "Museum Piece" 22 April 1968 (1968-04-22)[11] 7 August 1968 (1968-08-07)[11]
Mainwaring, worried that the Nazis could attack at any time, attempts to requisition much needed weapons from the local Peabody Museum of Historic Army Weapons.
03 03 "Command Decision" 29 April 1968 (1968-04-29)[11] 14 August 1968 (1968-08-14)[11]
In exchange for weapons, Mainwaring turns over command to Captain Square, but the weapons are muskets and Square wants the platoon to fight from horseback.
04 04 "The Enemy Within the Gates" 6 June 1968 (1968-06-06)[12] 28 August 1968 (1968-08-28)[12]
Lance Corporal Jones and Private Walker capture two Luftwaffe airmen, earning a monetary reward; however, a Polish officer wishes to claim the reward for himself.
05 05 "The Showing Up of Corporal Jones" 13 May 1968 (1968-05-13)[12] 4 September 1968 (1968-09-04)[12]
Major Regan from area headquarters decides that Jones is too old to be in the Home Guard and announces that unless Jones can get through the assault course in fifteen minutes, he will be removed from the platoon.
06 06 "Shooting Pains" 20 May 1968 (1968-05-20)[12] 11 September 1968 (1968-09-11)[12]
The platoon is chosen to provide the guard of honour for the Prime Minister on his visit to Walmington-on-Sea, but poor performance at the shooting range causes Major Regan to have them compete with the neighboring Eastgate platoon for the honor.

Series 2 (1969)[edit]

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Title Recorded date Original air date
07 01 "Operation Kilt" 13 October 1968 (1968-10-13)[12] 1 March 1969 (1969-03-01)[12]
The platoon participates in an invasion exercise with Captain Ogilvie and a highland regiment.
08 02 "The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage" 20 October 1968 (1968-10-20)[12] 8 March 1969 (1969-03-08)[12]
The platoon mistakenly believes an invasion is in progress and splits into two sections. However, one section mistakes the other for Germans.
09 03 "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker" 27 October 1968 (1968-10-27)[13] 15 March 1969 (1969-03-15)[13]
Walker is called up into the army. The platoon, anxious at how they will obtain off-the-ration supplies without him, fight to keep him.
10 04 "Sgt. Wilson's Little Secret" 15 November 1968 (1968-11-15)[13] 22 March 1969 (1969-03-22)[13]
Private Pike's mother agrees to take in a child evacuee, but Wilson misunderstands her and believes she is pregnant. Mainwaring orders Wilson to marry her.
11 05 "A Stripe for Frazer" 15 November 1968 (1968-11-15)[13] 29 March 1969 (1969-03-29)[13]
Mainwaring has the opportunity to promote someone to corporal. Rather than promote Jones, he tests who has the greatest potential by temporarily promoting Private Frazer to lance corporal. However, Frazer's increasingly dictatorial manner alienates the platoon.
12 06 "Under Fire" 27 November 1968 (1968-11-27)[13] 5 April 1969 (1969-04-05)[13]
After Frazer spots what he believes to be a German spy signaling planes, the platoon arrests a suspect who protests that he is a naturalised Englishman.

Series 3 (1969)[edit]

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Title Recorded date Original air date
13 01 "The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones" 25 May 1969 (1969-05-25)[14] 11 September 1969 (1969-09-11)[14]
When Jones donates his van as a troop transport, Walker wants to use it for his black market activities. However, the pair are sent with the van to work with Air Raid Precautions during an exercise.
14 02 "Battle School" 1 June 1969 (1969-06-01)[14] 18 September 1969 (1969-09-18)[14]
The platoon is selected to attend a weekend camp run by a tough Spanish captain.
15 03 "The Lion Has Phones" 8 June 1969 (1969-06-08)[14] 25 September 1969 (1969-09-25)[14]
Mainwaring has the men to use the public telephone system as emergency communication. Jones and Hodges attempt to phone general headquarters when a German place crashes in the reservoir.
16 04 "The Bullet is Not for Firing" 22 June 1969 (1969-06-22)[14] 2 October 1969 (1969-10-02)[14]
When the platoon's supply of ammunition is used up engaging a low-flying German plane, Mainwaring sets up a court of inquiry to determine who should be held responsible. The inquiry becomes farcical when the platoon attempts to reenact the event.
17 05 "Something Nasty in the Vault" 15 June 1969 (1969-06-15)[15] 9 October 1969 (1969-10-09)[15]
The 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 leaves to collect the right tools, the platoon takes matters into their own hands.
18 06 "Room at the Bottom" 29 June 1969 (1969-06-29)[15] 16 October 1969 (1969-10-16)[15]
General headquarters determines that Mainwaring has never held a commission, and he is demoted to private. Wilson temporarily leads as Mainwaring attempts to regain his command.
19 07 "Big Guns" 6 July 1969 (1969-07-06)[15] 23 October 1969 (1969-10-23)[15]
The platoon is given a heavy naval artillery piece, but the town's bandstand, a rare example of Victorian ironwork, stands in the field of fire. The town council insists it must be preserved, but Mainwaring reasons that a demonstration of the gun's capabilities will quiet any protests.
20 08 "The Day the Balloon Went Up" 23 October 1969 (1969-10-23)[15] 30 October 1969 (1969-10-30)[15]
A runaway barrage balloon must be retrieved. After a series of mistakes, Mainwaring is dragged through the countryside by one of the balloon's rope lines.
21 09 "War Dance" 30 October 1969 (1969-10-30)[15] 6 November 1969 (1969-11-06)[15]
Mainwaring announces that a dance will be held to raise morale, but he is less than pleased when Pike announces that his date for the evening will be the daughter of his cleaning woman.
22 10 "Menace from the Deep" 7 November 1969 (1969-11-07)[16] 13 November 1969 (1969-11-13)[16]
The platoon is placed on guard duty and mans a machine gun post at the end of the pier. After Pike loses the food and the boat, morale begins to fall. The situation worsens when they spot a drifting sea mine.
23 11 "Branded" 14 November 1969 (1969-11-14)[16] 20 November 1969 (1969-11-20)[16]
When Private Godfrey admits to having been a conscientious objector during the Great War, he is branded a coward and sent home in disgrace, 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.
24 12 "Man Hunt" 21 November 1969 (1969-11-21)[16] 27 November 1969 (1969-11-27)[16]
Mainwaring uses Walker's new tracking dog to discover the source of a discarded parachute. After the platoon finds dozens of ladies' undergarments made from the parachute's silk, the enemy airman is finally cornered.
25 13 "No Spring for Frazer" 28 November 1969 (1969-11-28)[16] 4 December 1969 (1969-12-04)[16]
Frazer, a coffin maker, believes he lost the spring of the Lewis gun in a recently made coffin, shortly to be buried.
26 14 "Sons of the Sea" 5 December 1969 (1969-12-05)[16] 11 December 1969 (1969-12-11)[16]
The platoon requisitions a boat and sets 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.

Series 4 (1970)[edit]

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Title Recorded date Original air date
27 01 "The Big Parade" 17 July 1970 (1970-07-17)[17] 25 September 1970 (1970-09-25)[17]
The platoon joins the Spitfire Week parade, but they have to compete with the Sea Scouts and the Air Raid Precautions for pole position. Mainwaring thinks a mascot will help their chances.
28 02 "Don't Forget the Diver" 24 July 1970 (1970-07-24)[17] 2 October 1970 (1970-10-02)[17]
The platoon takes part in an exercise with Captain Square's men. Square's men will defend a windmill, and the platoon must plant a dummy bomb inside. The platoon devises a plan to put Jones in a fake tree trunk and push him up the river.
29 03 "Boots, Boots, Boots" 31 July 1970 (1970-07-31)[17] 9 October 1970 (1970-10-09)[17]
Mainwaring puts the platoon on a foot toughening regime, including 20 miles (32 km) route marches and playing football in bare feet.
30 04 "Sgt – Save My Boy!" 27 June 1970 (1970-06-27)[17] 16 October 1970 (1970-10-16)[17]
Pike is caught in barbed wire on the beach in the middle of a mine field. The army engineers are slow to arrive, and platoon takes it upon themselves to save him.
31 05 "Don't Fence Me In" 10 July 1970 (1970-07-10)[17] 23 October 1970 (1970-10-23)[17]
The platoon is sent to guard a camp full of Italian prisoners of war, but Walker's attitude toward them makes Mainwaring wonder if he is a fifth columnist.
32 06 "Absent Friends" 7 August 1970 (1970-08-07)[18] 30 October 1970 (1970-10-30)[18]
In Mainwaring's absence, the platoon foregoes parade to compete in a darts match against the Air Raid Precautions wardens. Upon his return, Mainwaring orders Wilson to bring them back. However, with two pints for the winners, the platoon refuses to leave.
33 07 "Put That Light Out!" 30 October 1970 (1970-10-30)[18] 6 November 1970 (1970-11-06)[18]
The platoon mans a local lighthouse as defence against a seaborne assault. During an air raid, the light is switched on and the town is illuminated.
34 08 "The Two and a Half Feathers" 6 November 1970 (1970-11-06)[18] 13 November 1970 (1970-11-13)[18]
A new platoon member served with Jones during Mahdist War and accuses Jones of cowardice.
35 09 "Mum's Army" 13 November 1970 (1970-11-13)[18] 20 November 1970 (1970-11-20)[18]
Mainwaring allows women into his platoon. However, rumours circulate that he is becoming personally involved with one of the new members.
36 10 "The Test" 20 November 1970 (1970-11-20)[18] 27 November 1970 (1970-11-27)[18]
Air Raid Precuations challenges the Home Guard to a game of cricket, but while Mainwaring is happy to play fair, Hodges recruits Ernie Egan, a professional cricketeer.
37 11 "A. Wilson (Manager)?" 27 November 1970 (1970-11-27)[19] 4 December 1970 (1970-12-04)[19]
Mainwaring is shocked to discover that Wilson has been commissioned and made manager of the Eastgate platoon, leaving Pike as his chief clerk and Jones as his sergeant.
38 12 "Uninvited Guests" 4 December 1970 (1970-12-04)[19] 11 December 1970 (1970-12-11)[19]
After the Air Raid Precautions headquarters is bombed out, the platoon is forced to share the church hall with the wardens.
39 13 "Fallen Idol" 11 December 1970 (1970-12-11)[19] 18 December 1970 (1970-12-18)[19]
Captain Square gets Mainwaring drunk in the officers' mess, damaging Mainwaring's reputation in the eyes of the platoon. Mainwaring must repair his image.

Christmas Special (1971)[edit]

No. in
Title Recorded date Original air date
40 01 "Battle of the Giants!" 19 October 1971 (1971-10-19)[19] 27 December 1971 (1971-12-27)[19]
The platoon is challenged by the Eastgate platoon to a test, with Hodges, the vicar Reverend Farthing, and the verger Mr Yeatman as judges. They are initially unlikely to win, and their chances worsen when Jones contracts malaria.

Series 5 (1972)[edit]

No. in
Title Recorded date Original air date
41 01 "Asleep in the Deep" 26 May 1972 (1972-05-26)[20] 6 October 1972 (1972-10-06)[20]
Godfrey and Walker are trapped on patrol when a bomb falls on the local pumping station. When the rest of platoon tries to free them, they are also trapped. A pipe bursts, and the room rapidly begins filling with water.
42 02 "Keep Young and Beautiful" 9 June 1972 (1972-06-09)[20] 13 October 1972 (1972-10-13)[20]
The older members of the platoon try to make themselves look younger to avoid transfer to the Air Raid Precautions.
43 03 "A Soldier's Farewell" 2 June 1972 (1972-06-02)[20] 20 October 1972 (1972-10-20)[20]
Mainwaring, unhappy because 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.
44 04 "Getting the Bird" 19 May 1972 (1972-05-19)[20] 27 October 1972 (1972-10-27)[20]
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 an unexplained shortage of pigeons in Trafalgar Square, he changes his mind.
45 05 "The Desperate Drive of Corporal Jones" 16 June 1972 (1972-06-16)[20] 3 November 1972 (1972-11-03)[20]
A misread map lands the platoon to a barn marked as a target for artillery practice. Jones and Godfrey try to phone to stop the firing, but Godfrey cuts the wire. Jones must reach the barn before it is blown up.
46 06 "If the Cap Fits..." 30 June 1972 (1972-06-30)[21] 10 November 1972 (1972-11-10)[21]
After Frazer complains that Mainwaring is wasting his time with irrelevant lectures, Mainwaring allows Frazer act as captain for a couple of days. Frazer begins abusing his power.
47 07 "The King was in his Counting House" 23 June 1972 (1972-06-23)[21] 17 November 1972 (1972-11-17)[21]
To boost morale, Mainwaring holds a party in his home. However, a bomb hits the bank, and thousands of pounds must be counted and guarded by his party guests and taken to the Eastgate bank by horse and cart.
48 08 "All is Safely Gathered In" 3 November 1972 (1972-11-03)[21] 24 November 1972 (1972-11-24)[21]
Private Godfrey requests leave to help a widowed friend gather the harvest, and Mainwaring, citing the harvest as vital to the war effort, offers the assistance of the platoon.
49 09 "When Did You Last See Your Money?" 10 November 1972 (1972-11-10)[21] 1 December 1972 (1972-12-01)[21]
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.
50 10 "Brain Versus Brawn" 17 November 1972 (1972-11-17)[21] 8 December 1972 (1972-12-08)[21]
The platoon is challenged to plant a dummy bomb in the officer commanding's office. They disguise themselves as firemen traveling in an old fire engine. However, Hodges spots a real fire.
51 11 "A Brush with the Law" 26 November 1972 (1972-11-26)[22] 15 December 1972 (1972-12-15)[22]
Mainwaring is charged with showing a light and taken to court by a gleeful Hodges. When Mr Yeatman tries to correct Hodges, he is blackmailed into remaining silent.
52 12 "Round and Round Went the Great Big Wheel" 1 December 1972 (1972-12-01)[22] 22 December 1972 (1972-12-22)[22]
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.
53 13 "Time on My Hands" 8 December 1972 (1972-12-08)[22] 29 December 1972 (1972-12-29)[22]
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 because Jones has broken the ladder.

Series 6 (1973)[edit]

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Title Recorded date Original air date
54 01 "The Deadly Attachment" 22 June 1973 (1973-06-22)[22] 31 October 1973 (1973-10-31)[22]
The platoon is ordered to guard the crew of a sunken U-boat until the escort arrives. However, the escort is delayed, and they must guard the crew all night.
55 02 "My British Buddy" 8 June 1973 (1973-06-08)[22] 7 November 1973 (1973-11-07)[22]
A group of American soldiers arrives at Walmington-on-Sea, but their presence is unappreciated when the soldiers begin flirting with the platoon's girlfriends.
56 03 "The Royal Train" 29 June 1973 (1973-06-29)[23] 14 November 1973 (1973-11-14)[23]
The platoon will provide a guard of honour for King George VI as he passes through Walmington-on-Sea. However, a mix-up stops another train in the station, blocking the King's route.
57 04 "We Know Our Onions" 15 June 1973 (1973-06-15)[23] 21 November 1973 (1973-11-21)[23]
The platoon takes an efficiency test that will promote the platoon to twelve stars if successful.
58 05 "The Honourable Man" 8 July 1973 (1973-07-08)[23] 28 November 1973 (1973-11-28)[23]
Wilson inherits a title and consequently receives an invitation to the golf club Mainwaring has been trying to join for years.
59 06 "Things that Go Bump in the Night" 15 July 1973 (1973-07-15)[23] 5 December 1973 (1973-12-05)[23]
The platoon runs out of petrol and decide to spend the night in a deserted, apparently haunted, house.
60 07 "The Recruit" 22 July 1973 (1973-07-22)[23] 12 December 1973 (1973-12-12)[23]
When Mainwaring takes leave due to an ingrown toenail, Wilson takes charge, but he angers the rest of the platoon by allowing the Reverend Farthing and Mr Yeatman to join.

Series 7 (1974)[edit]

No. in
Title Recorded date Original air date
61 01 "Everybody's Trucking" 27 October 1974 (1974-10-27)[24] 15 November 1974 (1974-11-15)[24]
The platoon is given the job of signposting the area for an Army exercise, but a steam engine is blocking the route. When Jones tries to drive the van clear, the van becomes stuck, blocking Hodges in his van and Reverend Farthing with his bus of pensioners.
62 02 "A Man of Action" 7 May 1974 (1974-05-07)[24] 22 November 1974 (1974-11-22)[24]
A landmine has destroyed 100 yards (92 m) of railway track, along with water, gas supplies, and telephone wires. Compounding the problem, Pike gets his head stuck between the bars of a gate. Mainwaring declares martial law.
63 03 "Gorilla Warfare" 27 October 1974 (1974-10-27)[24] 29 November 1974 (1974-11-29)[24]
On a field exercise acting as commandos meeting a secret agent, represented by Mainwaring, the platoon must trust no one for general headquarters has put out counter agents to catch them. The appearance of a gorilla compounds their problem.
64 04 "The Godiva Affair" 3 November 1974 (1974-11-03)[24] 6 December 1974 (1974-12-06)[24]
The platoon dresses 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.
65 05 "The Captain's Car" 17 November 1974 (1974-11-17)[25] 13 December 1974 (1974-12-13)[25]
Lady Maltby donates her Rolls-Royce, and Wilson and Pike are assigned to paint it camouflage. However, they mistakenly Mayor's Rolls-Royce, just before a French general is to visit the town.
66 06 "Turkey Dinner" 10 December 1974 (1974-12-10)[25] 23 December 1974 (1974-12-23)[25]
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.

Series 8 (1975)[edit]

No. in
Title Recorded date Original air date
67 01 "Ring Dem Bells" 3 July 1975 (1975-07-03)[25] 5 September 1975 (1975-09-05)[25]
The platoon is chosen to play Nazis in a training film. After they arrive at the set a week early, they are mistaken for real Nazis on the way home.
68 02 "When You've Got to Go" 6 June 1975 (1975-06-06)[25] 12 September 1975 (1975-09-12)[25]
Despite his bad chest, blocked sinuses, weak ankles, and a recently acquired facial tic, Pike is passed the medical exam and is set to join the army.
69 03 "Is There Honey Still for Tea?" 26 June 1975 (1975-06-26)[25] 19 September 1975 (1975-09-19)[25]
Godfrey's cottage is under threat from the building of a new aerodrome, and Frazer blackmails the minister in charge to save it.
70 04 "Come in, Your Time is Up" 10 July 1975[26] 26 September 1975[26]
The platoon go camping and discover three Nazis in a dinghy. Pike wants to shoot through the dinghy and sink them, but Mainwaring dismisses this as unfair. Wilson must devise a more civilised strategy.
71 05 "High Finance" 30 May 1975 (1975-05-30)[26] 3 October 1975 (1975-10-03)[26]
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.
72 06 "The Face on the Poster" 17 July 1975 (1975-07-17)[26] 10 October 1975 (1975-10-10)[26]
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 prisoner of war camp.

Christmas Specials (1975–1976)[edit]

No. in
Title Recorded date Original air date
73 01 "My Brother and I" 23 May 1975 (1975-05-23)[26] 26 December 1975 (1975-12-26)[26]
Mainwaring's drunken brother Barry arrives in Walmington-on-Sea claiming that their father's pocket watch, held by Mainwaring, belongs to him. Mainwaring gives him the pocket watch to assuage him, but Barry gatecrashes Mainwaring's party for local dignitaries.
74 02 "The Love of Three Oranges" 10 October 1976 (1976-10-10)[27] 26 December 1976 (1976-12-26)[27]
To raise money for the Comforts For The Troops Fund, Reverend Farthing organises a bazaar where each member of the platoon donates something. Hodges, the greengrocer, donates three oranges, rare due to wartime rationing. Mainwaring is determined to buy one of the oranges for his wife.

Series 9 (1977)[edit]

No. in
Title Recorded date Original air date
75 01 "Wake Up Walmington" 8 July 1977 (1977-07-08)[27] 2 October 1977 (1977-10-02)[27]
As the threat of invasion lessens, the towns people become lax. Mainwaring orders Operation Wake-Up, dressing up the platoon as fifth columnists and telling them to act suspiciously. Eventually, the Eastgate platoon is called in to deal with them.
76 02 "The Making of Private Pike" 1 July 1977 (1977-07-01)[27] 9 October 1977 (1977-10-09)[27]
Pike borrows Mainwaring's recently acquired staff car to drive his new girlfriend to Eastgate, but it runs out of petrol on the way home, forcing Pike to spend all night pushing it back.
77 03 "Knights of Madness" 22 July 1977 (1977-07-22)[27] 16 October 1977 (1977-10-16)[27]
As part of a Wings for Victory campaign, the platoon decides to stage a reenactment of the battle between Saint George and the Dragon. However, the Air Raid Precautions have been planning the same thing.
78 04 "The Miser's Hoard" 24 June 1977 (1977-06-24)[28] 23 October 1977 (1977-10-23)[28]
Frazer, distrustful of banks, keeps his savings in the form of gold sovereigns, but Mainwaring believes his hoard would be better in the bank. Rumours spread about the savings, and when Frazer is seen carrying a box to the graveyard, the platoon follows.
79 05 "Number Engaged" 15 July 1977 (1977-07-15)[28] 6 November 1977 (1977-11-06)[28]
The platoon is given the job of guarding telephone wires. Mainwaring sees an unexploded bomb caught in the wires.
80 06 "Never Too Old" 29 July 1977 (1977-07-29)[28] 13 November 1977 (1977-11-13)[28]
Jones marries Mrs Fox, but the service is interrupted as an invasion warning is sounded.

Sketches and short films[edit]

Christmas Night with the Stars, broadcast annually on BBC One on 25 December, included sketches from Dad's Army in four years: "Santa On Patrol" in 1968, "Resisting the Aggressor Down the Ages" in 1969, "Cornish Floral Dance" in 1970, and "Broadcast to the Empire" in 1972.[4] The 1968 sketch was broadcast in black and white, and the other three were broadcast in colour. The 1968 and 1970 sketches are lost from the BBC Archives. The 1969 sketch ran for twenty minutes, and the 1970 and 1972 sketches ran for ten minutes.[5]

In 1974 and 1977, the cast of Dad's Army appeared in-character for public information films commissioned by the Central Office of Information to instruct how to successfully navigate pelican crossings.[29][30][31][32]


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  • McCann, Graham (2002). Dad’s Army: The Story of a Very British Comedy. London: Fourth Estate. ISBN 1-84115-308-7. 

Further reading[edit]

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

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