Talk:Dad's Army

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Incorrect Description[edit]

In the Situation heading, there is a example of the darker humor used in the show.

"An example of this theme occurs in "The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage" episode, in which the platoon believes an enemy invasion is underway. Mainwaring, Godfrey, Frazer and Jones (along with Godfrey's sisters, who are completely unaware of the invasion) decide to stay at the cottage to delay any German advance, giving the rest of the platoon time to warn the town; "Of course, that will be the end of us", says Mainwaring. "We know sir", replies Frazer, before getting on with the task in hand."

While this is a good example, and the show does use dark humor, the situation is wrong. They arent holding the cottage to give the platoon time to warn the town (the rest of the platoon to be ais belived t the movies), but instead holding it to give time for reinforcements. Other then that is right. Ill change it now to a more correct example.


The location of the Warmington-on-sea platoon is Kent, as if you look at the platoon's cap badges you will see that they have Invicta on them. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:50, 18 May 2011 (UTC)

The article already states "the platoon were part of the The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment", but have you spotted a mistake somewhere else? Bob talk 18:50, 18 May 2011 (UTC)
While it must be the case that Walmington-on-Sea is Eastbourne or close at hand (the Welsh photographer works for the Eastbourne Gazette, after all), I spotted a map of Bournemouth on the wall of the vestry office in the episode where GIs are welcomed to the town and where Mainwaring gets a black eye. Mikeo1938 (talk) 17:14, 19 January 2013 (UTC)


Should it not have been called dads' army. I'm sure there was more than one dad in it. (talk) 19:58, 27 December 2011 (UTC)

It probably should've been, but it wasn't! Bevo74 (talk) 08:01, 28 December 2011 (UTC)

An interesting point, which make me think that ... Dad's ... the possessive form, obviously places an emphasis on one single person/dad who possesses the army. This, of course, would be Mainwaring; it is he who is the Dad with his personal army, and he lives this out so readily. (The possessive form also makes perfect sense of Hodges' barbed quips about Mainwaring being 'Napoleon').
Follow-up question: Is Mainwaring (and Elizabeth) known to have any child/ren (i.e. his own biological child/ren) or does the platoon constitute his child/ren?
Benyoch ...Don't panic! Don't panic!... (talk) 01:03, 25 August 2012 (UTC)

Dad’s Army van is delivered to Thetford (Dec. 2012)[edit]

Just wanted to let someone know. The van used during filming was bought by the Dads Army Museum. (talk) 02:35, 14 December 2012 (UTC)

Status of missing episodes[edit]

There is a cryptic statement on the BBC web page. Have episodes been recovered or is it an announcement for something else such as an animated recreation ? (talk) 07:22, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

Captain Mainwaring was also a pirate/privateer[edit]

I don't think the writers intended any reference, but there was a British pirate/privateer also called Captain Mainwaring (Henry Mainwaring rather than George Mainwaring). -- (talk) 16:38, 21 October 2013 (UTC)

Will Hay reference…[edit]

Other influences included the work of comedians such as Will Hay whose film Oh, Mr Porter! featured a pompous ass, an old man and a young man which gave him Mainwaring, Godfrey and Pike. There’s no citation given, so it may just be original research; however, I’d have to say that Godfrey is an unlikely analogue for the old fellow played by Hay’s side-kick Moore Marriott; Godfrey is refined, urbane, and reticent, whilst Marriott was hysteric, loud and shrill - far closer to Jones, surely? Jock123 (talk) 13:21, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

I agree, I don't think the comparison is likely. I agree this sounds like original research, unless a citation can be found - I'd support removing it. Rehnn83 Talk 09:54, 11 November 2013 (UTC)

Mrs Fox[edit]

Mildred or Marcia? The latest edit to this page gives her first name as Mildred by the page it links to at Mrs Fox gives her first name as Marcia -- SteveCrook (talk) 18:23, 4 December 2013 (UTC)


Why is this show being described as a "sitcom comedy"? The term "sitcom" is a contraction of "situation comedy" so this is now saying that this show is a "situation comedy comedy" -- SteveCrook (talk) 20:11, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

It had only been changed this morning by an anon IP. If you spot something like that, please feel free to change it yourself. Bob talk 22:45, 8 January 2014 (UTC)