List of It Ain't Half Hot Mum episodes

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This is an episode list for the BBC television sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, broadcast between 3 January 1974, and 3 September 1981.

It Ain't Half Hot Mum episodes were filmed between 1973 and 1981 with a break in 1979.

Series 1 to 4 took place in Deolali, India, whilst series 5 to 8 took place in Tin Min, Burma.

All episodes are 30 minutes long.

The lost episodes "A Star is Born" and "It's a Wise Child" were lost at one stage after first broadcast, but VHS copies recorded at home by a viewer in Australia were found in 1988. They are not of broadcast quality, but were included as extras on the series 1 DVD.

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 8 3 January 1974 (1974-01-03) 21 February 1974 (1974-02-21)
2 8 2 January 1975 (1975-01-02) 20 February 1975 (1975-02-20)
3 6 2 January 1976 (1976-01-02) 6 February 1976 (1976-02-06)
4 8 2 November 1976 (1976-11-02) 28 December 1976 (1976-12-28)
5 6 25 October 1977 (1977-10-25) 29 November 1977 (1977-11-29)
6 7 23 October 1978 (1978-10-23) 18 December 1978 (1978-12-18)
7 6 17 October 1980 (1980-10-17) 21 November 1980 (1980-11-21)
8 7 23 July 1981 (1981-07-23) 3 September 1981 (1981-09-03)

Main cast[edit]

Recurring roles[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Series 1 (1974)[edit]

Episode No. Episode title Producer and director First broadcast
1 "Meet the Gang" David Croft 3 January 1974 (1974-01-03)
The Concert Party are trying to rehearse a show without their pianist Gunner Graham, who's been sent on jankers by Sergeant Major Williams. A new gunner arrives in the camp. An anti-British demonstration disrupts the show. Also starring Nick Zaran and Ashwin Patel.
2 "My Lovely Boy" David Croft 10 January 1974 (1974-01-10)
Rangi Ram notices that the Sergeant Major and Gunner Parkin have a photograph of the same woman by their bed: she is the Sergeant's one and only love and Parky's mother. Does this mean that Gunner Parkin is his son?
3 "Mutiny of the Punka-Wallahs" David Croft 17 January 1974 (1974-01-17)
The plan to replace the Punkawallahs leads to trouble. Meanwhile, the boys are having problems with the heat. Also starring Nick Zaran.
Repeated 24 July 1974,
4 "A Star is Born" David Croft 24 January 1974 (1974-01-24)
When Gunner Parkin is removed from the concert party because of his incompetence, the Sergeant Major sees a chance to send the other men up the jungle. A lost episode now found. This episode was wiped by the BBC after transmission.
Repeated 31 July 1974,
5 "The Jungle Patrol" David Croft 31 January 1974 (1974-01-31)
The Sergeant Major takes the concert party on a jungle survival course in an attempt to make soldiers of them, but who will come out on top? Also starring Geoffrey Lumsden and Mohammad Shamsi.
Repeated 7 August 1974, 11 March 1984,
6 "It's a Wise Child" David Croft 7 February 1974 (1974-02-07)
The men of the concert party as well as the Sergeant Major try to find out the truth about Gunner Parkin's father. Also starring Renu Setna. A lost episode now found.
Repeated 14 August 1974
7 "The Road to Bannu" David Croft 14 February 1974 (1974-02-14)
The concert party have the misfortune to get stranded in a remote part of the North West Frontier. The Sergeant Major sends Lofty to go find help. Also starring Rafiq Anwar, Ishaq Bux and Zohra Sehgal.
Repeated 21 August 1974, 18 March 1984, 18 April 1995
8 "The Inspector Calls" David Croft 21 February 1974 (1974-02-21)
The Sergeant Major finds a way to get the concert party into uniform by devising a military musical number for them. Also starring Jeffrey Segal.
Repeated 28 August 1978

Series 2 (1975)[edit]

Episode No. Episode title Producer and director First broadcast
9 "Showing the Flag" David Croft 2 January 1975 (1975-01-02)
The Sergeant Major tries to train the concert party to lower the flag at sunset. Also starring Ishaq Bux and Barry Sinclair.
Repeated 24 July 1975,
10 "Down in the Jungle" David Croft 9 January 1975 (1975-01-09)
The concert party's plane makes a crash landing and the men realise they could be behind enemy lines. Also starring Saad Ghazi, Mohammad Shamsi and Tariq Yunus.
Repeated 31 July 1975, 1 April 1984,
11 "The Natives Are Revolting" David Croft 16 January 1975 (1975-01-16)
The Sergeant Major is determined to find out who replaced the camp's Union Jack with an Indian flag. Also starring Renu Setna.
Repeated 7 August 1975,
12 "Cabaret Time" David Croft 23 January 1975 (1975-01-23)
A performance in the Kama Sutra Club gets the concert party and the Battery Sergeant Major into trouble. Also starring Robin Browne, Bobby Dennis, Talat Hussein and Arnold Peters.
Repeated 14 August 1975,
13 "The Curse of the Sadhu" David Croft 30 January 1975 (1975-01-30)
Sergeant Williams tempts the wrath of the gods by ejecting a revered holy man from the parade ground. Also starring Minoo Golvala and Ranjit Nakara.
14 "Forbidden Fruits" David Croft 6 February 1975 (1975-02-06)
When the army runs out of "that stuff they put in our tea" the men cannot stop thinking about women. Colonel Reynolds tries to see Mrs Waddilove-Evans when her husband is not home. Also starring Margaret Courtenay, Michael Moore and Yasuko Nagazumi.
Repeated 21 August 1975, 22 April 1984,
15 "Has Anyone Seen My Cobra?" David Croft 13 February 1975 (1975-02-13)
A snake-charmer's cobra goes missing and is found in the Sergeant Major's quarters. Also starring Renu Setna, Rudolf Ramillo, Azad Ali, Ahmed Khalil, Sultan Lalani and Ashwin Patel.
Repeated 15 April 1984,
16 "The Night of the Thugs" David Croft 20 February 1975 (1975-02-20)
The concert party take refuge from a rainstorm in a ruined temple and fall victim to a fanatical native sect. Also starring Minoo Golvala. This was the last episode that George Layton starred as Bombardier Solomons.
Repeated 28 August 1975, 8 April 1984,

Series 3 (1976)[edit]

Episode No. Episode title Producer and director First broadcast
17 "The Supremo Show" Graeme Muir 2 January 1976 (1976-01-02)
While the officers are out of the way in hospital, Williams takes the opportunity to post the concert party up the jungle, but is forced to bring them back to stage a special performance. Also starring Richard Grant and Ahmed Khalil.
Repeated 20 July 1977,
18 "Mind My Maharajah" Graeme Muir 9 January 1976 (1976-01-09)
The concert party is sent to the palace of the Maharajah of Bharatpur to protect him. Also starring MacDonald Hobley, Cy Town, Renu Setna and Ashwin Patel.
Repeated 27 July 1977,
19 "Bang Goes the Maharajah" Graeme Muir 16 January 1976 (1976-01-16)
The concert party try to stop the attempts on the life of the Maharajah of Bharatpur. Also starring Renu Setna and Ashwin Patel.
Repeated 3 August 1977,
20 "The Grand Illusion" Graeme Muir 23 January 1976 (1976-01-23)
Sergeant Major Williams finds that bragging about his troops can get him into trouble. Also starring Saad Ghazi, Rudolf Ramillo, Minoo Golvala and David Lodge.
Repeated 10 August 1977,
21 "Pale Hands I Love" Graeme Muir 30 January 1976 (1976-01-30)
The sergeant major falls in love and gets into trouble with the Tongs. Also starring Robert Lee, Yasuko Nagazumi and Vincent Wong.
Repeated 17 August 1977,
22 "Don't Take the Micky" Graeme Muir 6 February 1976 (1976-02-06)
Sergeant Major Williams tries to break up the concert party by promoting Gunner Graham. Also starring Talat Hussein.
Repeated 24 August 1977,

Series 4 (1976)[edit]

Episode No. Episode title Producer and director First broadcast
23 "Monsoon Madness" David Croft and Bob Speirs 2 November 1976 (1976-11-02)
When the Sergeant-Major makes the Concert party perform fatigues to be ready for the arrival of the monsoon, Lofty goes mad and vows to kill the Sergeant-Major.
Repeated 31 August 1977, 29 April 1984,
24 "Kidnapped in the Khyber" David Croft and Bob Speirs 9 November 1976 (1976-11-09)
When it becomes difficult for Colonel Reynolds to hide his affair with Mrs Waddilove-Evans, he decides it's best to accompany the concert party to a show on the North-West Frontier. Also starring Frances Bennett, Sultan Lalani and Saad Ghazi.
Repeated 11 April 1978,
25 "A Fate Worse Than Death" David Croft and Bob Speirs 16 November 1976 (1976-11-16)
The members of the concert party try to find the kidnapped Mrs Waddilove-Evans. Also starring Frances Bennett, Sultan Lalani and Saad Ghazi.
Repeated 18 April 1978,
26 "Ticket to Blighty" David Croft 23 November 1976 (1976-11-23)
Bombardier Beaumont tries different ways to get sent home. Also starring Mavis Pugh, Bernice Adams and Andrea Godfrey. Also starring Mohammad Shamsi and Azad Ali.
Repeated 25 April 1978, 13 May 1984,
27 "Lofty's Little Friend" David Croft and Bob Speirs 30 November 1976 (1976-11-30)
An elephant follows Lofty to the camp.
Repeated 2 May 1978, 27 May 1984, 2 September 2000
28 "Flight to Jawani" David Croft and Bob Speirs 7 December 1976 (1976-12-07)
Men from a remote RAF base get too excited when the concert party puts on a show. Also starring Freddie Earlle, Hal Galili, Tim Barrett, Robin Parkinson, Jeffrey Holland and Talat Hussein.
Repeated 6 December 1977, 6 May 1984,
29 "We Are Not Amused" David Croft and Bob Speirs 14 December 1976 (1976-12-14)
A pageant, written by Captain Ashwood, might offend the Indian assistant to the District Officer. Also starring Peter Greene and Jaron Yaltan.
Repeated 9 May 1978,
30 "Twenty-One Today" David Croft 28 December 1976 (1976-12-28)
Gunner Parkin turns twenty-one. Sergeant Major Williams wants to give him a present. Also starring Ishaq Bux and Bobby Dennis.
Repeated 16 May 1978, 20 May 1984,

Series 5 (1977)[edit]

Episode No. Episode title Producer and director First broadcast
31 "Front Line Entertainers" David Croft 25 October 1977 (1977-10-25)
When the men get sent up the jungle, they find that some Australian soldiers have not vacated their camp, as was ordered. Also starring Edmund Pegge and Peter Cartwright.
Repeated 23 May 1978, 3 June 1984,
32 "Bridge Over the River Hipong" David Croft and Ray Butt 1 November 1977 (1977-11-01)
While they are still having trouble adapting to the jungle, the members of the concert party get the task of building a bridge. Also starring Mohammad Shamsi.
Repeated 6 July 1979,
33 "The Pay Off" David Croft and Ray Butt 8 November 1977 (1977-11-08)
The men of the Royal Artillery Concert Party put on a show for Burmese bandits. Also starring Gorden Kaye, Burt Kwouk and Norman Mitchell.
Repeated 13 July 1979
34 "Puddings From Heaven" David Croft and Ray Butt 15 November 1977 (1977-11-15)
When the men discover a way to get food dropped illegally, they get into trouble. The food (puddings) were meant for some senior officers. Also starring Ishaq Bux, Jonathan Cecil, Robert Gillespie, James Taylor and Saad Ghazi.
Repeated 27 July 1979,
35 "The Superstar" David Croft and Ray Butt 22 November 1977 (1977-11-22)
The Concert Party members are made to feel redundant when a talented new arrival steals the limelight. Also starring Jeffrey Holland and Tim Barrett.
Repeated 3 August 1979,
36 "The Eternal Quadrangle" David Croft 29 November 1977 (1977-11-29)
Gunner Parkin has fallen in love with a pretty Burmese girl from the local village – the same girl that Captain Ashwood and Sergeant Major Williams have been visiting. Then, Gunner Sugden has something to say... Also starring Fiesta Mei Ling and John A. Tinn. This was the last episode that Michael Bates starred as Rangi Ram; he died on 11 January 1978.
Repeated 10 August 1979,

Series 6 (1978)[edit]

Episode No. Episode title Producer and director First broadcast
37 "The Stars Look Down" David Croft and Phil Bishop 23 October 1978 (1978-10-23)
The men from the Concert Party get to act in an American war movie, but can they stomach the American view of the war? Also starring Ed Bishop, Freddie Earlle and Michael Halsey.
Repeated 17 August 1979,
38 "The Big League" David Croft and Phil Bishop 30 October 1978 (1978-10-30)
After a drunken incident, the men try to make up with the local population by organising a football match. Also starring David English, Ashwin Patel and Mohammad Shamsi.
Repeated 24 August 1979,
39 "The Great Payroll Snatch" David Croft and Phil Bishop 6 November 1978 (1978-11-06)
When the men from the concert party are guarding the Army payroll, a local bandit leader tries to lure the Sergeant Major away from the camp. Also starring Burt Kwouk, Robert Lee and Michael Lomax.
Repeated 30 August 1979,
40 "The Dhobi Wallahs" David Croft and Phil Bishop 20 November 1978 (1978-11-20)
Trapped behind enemy lines, the members of the concert party have to disguise themselves as dhobi wallahs. Also starring Denys Hawthorne and Saad Ghazi.
Repeated 25 June 1980,
41 "Lead Kindly Light" David Croft and Phil Bishop 27 November 1978 (1978-11-27)
To ensure the very existence of the Concert Party the artists have to impress the area commander. Also starring Michael Bevis, Rupert Bates, Denis Bond, Fleur Chandler, John Quentin, Michael Sharvell-Martin and James Taylor.
Repeated 2 July 1980,
42 "Holidays at Home" David Croft and Phil Bishop 11 December 1978 (1978-12-11)
Colonel Reynolds and Captain Ashwood are away, leaving the Sergeant Major to put them on a torturous thirsty jungle-survival course, and he puts them on a charge when writing a complaining note. Later, Lofty dreams about the HMS Bounty. Also starring Michael Bevis.
Repeated 9 July 1980,
43 "Caught Short" David Croft and Phil Bishop 18 December 1978 (1978-12-18)
With money missing from the petty cash, it falls to Captain Ashwood to solve the crime. Also starring Derek Martin. This was the last episode that Babar Bhatti starred as Punkah Wallah Rumzan.
Repeated 16 July 1980,

Series 7 (1980)[edit]

Episode No. Episode title Producer and director First broadcast
44 "That's Entertainment?" David Croft and John Kilby 17 October 1980 (1980-10-17)
The Sgt Major makes a decision guaranteed to cause uproar when he picks a Scottish audience to watch a special English performance. Also starring Peter Cellier, Jimmy Perry, Martin Cochrane, Robert McIntosh and Renu Setna.
Repeated 29 April 1982,
45 "The Guinea Pigs" David Croft and John Kilby 24 October 1980 (1980-10-24)
The Concert Party are roped into testing a new anti-malaria drug. Also starring Michael Bevis, John D. Collins, Rikki Fulton and Denis Bond.
Repeated 6 May 1982,
46 "Dog in the Manger" David Croft and John Kilby 31 October 1980 (1980-10-31)
Captain Ashwood falls victim to unwanted attention from a female officer. Also starring June Whitfield.
Repeated 13 May 1982,
47 "The Great Broadcast" David Croft and John Kilby 7 November 1980 (1980-11-07)
The men get a chance to perform on Forces Radio. Also starring Geoffrey Beevers, John D. Collins, Hilda Fenemore and Robin Parkinson.
Repeated 20 May 1982,
48 "Class of 1945" David Croft and John Kilby 14 November 1980 (1980-11-14)
In an effort to free themselves from the sergeant-major, the men suggest that he apply for a commission. Also starring Glyn Houston.
Repeated 27 May 1982,
49 "Star Commandos" David Croft and John Kilby 21 November 1980 (1980-11-21)
The Concert Party travels to the front. Also starring Henry McGee, Iain Rattray and John D. Collins.
Repeated 9 July 1982

Series 8 (1981)[edit]

Episode No. Episode title Producer and director First broadcast
50 "Gloria's Finest Hour" David Croft and John Kilby 23 July 1981 (1981-07-23)
A head injury changes Beaumont's personality, turning him into a fighting machine. Also starring Dennis Ramsden.
Repeated 25 June 1982,
51 "Money Talks" David Croft and John Kilby 30 July 1981 (1981-07-30)
When Gunner Graham stands to inherit some money, everybody wants to give him financial advice. Also starring Eric Dodson.
Repeated 2 July 1982,
52 "Aquastars" David Croft and John Kilby 6 August 1981 (1981-08-06)
A show on the river does not go the way it was planned. Also starring Eric Dodson, Roy Heather and Barry Cryer.
Repeated 9 July 1982, 5 May 1985,
53 "The Last Warrior" David Croft and John Kilby 13 August 1981 (1981-08-13)
The Concert Party hear that Japan has surrendered and the Second World War is over. One single Japanese soldier has not heard the news that Japan has surrendered. Can the men from the Concert Party convince him to lay down his weapons? Also starring Nicholas McArdle and Gordon Salkilld.
Repeated 16 July 1982, 21 August 1995
54 "Never the Twain Shall Meet" David Croft and John Kilby 20 August 1981 (1981-08-20)
Now that the war is over, the natives return to their village. They want the men from the Concert Party to move out so that they can return to their homes. Sergeant Major Williams insists on dealing with them in a less than diplomatic fashion. Also starring Renu Setna and Ali Baba.
Repeated 23 July 1982,
55 "The Long Road Home" David Croft and John Kilby 27 August 1981 (1981-08-27)
It's time for the men from the Concert Party to start the return journey to Britain. Everyone is supposed to have injections before setting off. The vaccine runs out before Lofty gets his jabs, so he has to stay behind when the others begin their journey. A new batch of vaccine turns up after the others have left, so Lofty is given his injections and, accompanied by the Char Wallah, he sets off to try to catch up with the main evacuation party. Also starring Ishaq Bux, Roger Whieldon, John D. Collins, Colin Haigh and Graham Hamilton.
Repeated 30 July 1982,
56 "The Last Roll Call" David Croft and John Kilby 3 September 1981 (1981-09-03)
The men reach England and prepare for demobilisation. Also starring Bill Pertwee, Brenda Cowling, Ralph Morse, John Benfield, John Oxley, Jeffrey Segal, Arnold Peters and Stella Tanner.
Repeated 6 August 1982,

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