The Enemy Within the Gates

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"The Enemy Within the Gates"
Dad's Army episode
Episode no.Series 1
Episode 4
Directed byDavid Croft[1]
Story byJimmy Perry and David Croft[1]
Produced byDavid Croft[1]
Original air date28 August 1968 (1968-08-28)[1]
Running time30 minutes
Episode chronology
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"Command Decision"
Next →
"The Showing Up of Corporal Jones"

The Enemy Within the Gates is the fourth episode of the first series of the British comedy series Dad's Army. It was originally transmitted on Wednesday 28 August 1968.

Synopsis[edit]

A stranger with a suspicious foreign accent convinces Mainwairing's men that he is a Polish officer serving with GHQ who has come to inform them of a £10 reward for every Nazi arrested. While on night patrol, Jones' section capture two German airmen, but Private Godfrey complicates matters by allowing them to escape while they visit the lavatory.

Plot[edit]

Captain Winogrodzki of the Polish Forces informs the platoon that there will be a £10 reward for every live parachutist captured. Jones, Walker and Pike catch two, who escape and are caught by Winogrodzki, who announces his intention to claim the bounty for himself. But when the prisoners are collected by MPs to be taken to GHQ, Walker convinces the soldiers to take Winogrodzki too, on account of his accent. The platoon spend £5, of their £30 reward, on a celebration dinner.

Cast[edit]

Radio episode[edit]

"The Enemy Within the Gates"
Dad's Army episode
Episode no.Series 1
Episode 4
Story byHarold Snoad & Michael Knowles[1]
Produced byJohn Dyas
Original air date18 February 1974 (1974-02-18)[1]
Running time30 minutes
Episode chronology
← Previous
"Command Decision"
Next →
"The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage"

In the radio version of the episode, only one German airman is captured and only £20 bounty is due after Walker persuades the MPs to additionally take Winogrodzki.

Notes[edit]

  1. Nigel Rideout was given an extra £10 for writing the German dialogue in the script.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Croft, David; Perry, Jimmy; Webber, Richard (2000). The Complete A-Z of Dad’s Army. Orion. pp. 63, 168. ISBN 0-7528-4637-X.

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