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.

Setting[edit]

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 86.112.68.219 (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)

Punctuation[edit]

Should it not have been called dads' army. I'm sure there was more than one dad in it.82.42.126.68 (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)
I think we are to assume that the Mainwarings aren't exactly parental, or even pre-parental, in their relationship with each other. This doesn't exclude the possibility of a single child long enough ago (b. circa 1920?) as to have actually left home, which prompted Elizabeth to say "Never again!" and explains her attitude (e.g. to the promise of a "nice surprise when I get home", that was supposed to be some cheese but was misunderstood). But there seems to be no sentimental keepsakes aluded to in the Mainwaring household, or comments like "my boy/my girl's husband is doing well/badly in his chosen trade", so it'd have to have been a leaving home bordering upon the acrimonious, or too embarassing to mention, even/especially with Wilson.
On top of that, I always understood Dad's Army to be "the army of my Dad's generation", in general. The dad in question might well have been outside of the Regular Army age-group - whether young like Pike or old like everyone-but-Walker - which gives a lot of leeway as to the generation/era that the Son/Daughter belongs to, either side of the 'sweet spot' where a full WW2 conscript might have fathered a child, before/during.after the war.
Especially if, like Mainwaring, the Dad in question managed to miss both The Great War (although he did at least serve in France for the whole of 1919) and WW2 because of an inconvenient age for both, making LDV/Home Guard service the most notable service for the parent concerned.
As to how many Dads were in the WoS platoon, during the setting... Sgt Wilson was proven to be one (even if not counting Pike, and the possibility of any subsequent sibling of Pike given his concerns in that direction, there was definitely a daughter by his original marriage), but I don't recall any canon examples of any of the other front-rankers being fathers, or even husbands. (Jones may well have fathered children, during downtimes in his globe-trotting military history, and Frazer as a sailor surely had a choice of girls in a choice of ports, but it'd be hard to say if the respective mothers knew enough about to let their offspring know, assuming they didn't know enough to avoid that issue ever arising. Not sure that Godfrey ever had the attitude to have fathered a child and not been noticably taking care of them/been in contact, even with the aid of his sister(s). Walker likely had many a dalliance, but probably knew enough to be smart about the consequences or knew girls who knew enough to be smart. Pike just isn't (emotionally) mature enough yet.) Private Sponge, et al, might well have been 'active' husbands. But even after the finale I doubt that Jones and (previously) Mrs Fox would actually become parents.
Best bet for an actual child of an actual Dad for whom this army is his army, IMO, is that (especially given he was always intended to be the Author Avatar, quite literally) Pike's later years spawned a child, once he'd properly escaped the apron-strings of his mother (or, by an 'accident' necessarily become the head of his own household)... But that needn't even be a necessary answer. 213.205.252.122 (talk) 23:14, 9 April 2016 (UTC)
What is this?! It's not very relevant to the talk page. Looks more like it should belong in a forum. VG31-irl 00:58, 10 April 2016 (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. 94.219.120.94 (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 ? 92.147.7.145 (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). --94.125.16.11 (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)

Genre[edit]

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)

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US adaptation[edit]

I'm sure there was a short lived American adaptation, called "The Rear Guard" or something similar. There's no mention of this in the article. --Ef80 (talk) 23:05, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

On checking, it was just an unsuccessful pilot, but it should be mentioned in the article. I remember seeing it on UK TV (probably the BBC) at some stage. --Ef80 (talk) 23:16, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

Sgt. Wilson / Mrs Pike relationship[edit]

In the paragraph on Wilson it says their relationship is 'implied' but in the paragraph on Mrs Pike it is stated as a fact. They were clearly in a relationship. After all, he volunteered to marry her when he thought she was having his baby. This is my first time on 'Talk' so as Sgt Wilson would say - "Gently Mavis, gently" Hawthornbush (talk) 00:23, 13 July 2017 (UTC)

I see what you mean. If you look at List of Dad's Army characters there are subtle differences there too. These paragraphs are poorly sourced, if at all, full of opinion and could do with some attention. If that is something you'd like to do, please be bold and tackle it. Poltair (talk) 10:05, 13 July 2017 (UTC)