The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker

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"The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker"
Dad's Army episode
Episode no.Series 2
Episode 9
Directed byDavid Croft
Story byJimmy Perry and David Croft
Produced byDavid Croft
Original air date15 March 1969 (1969-03-15)
Running time30 minutes
Episode chronology
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"The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage"
Next →
"Sgt. Wilson's Little Secret"

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker is a missing episode in the British comedy series Dad's Army. It was originally transmitted on 15 March 1969. One of the three missing Dad's Army episodes, screenshots and clips of this episode do survive.


To his complete surprise, Walker receives his call-up papers. Mainwaring tries his best to get them to reconsider.


When Walker is called up, he applies to the Military Service Hardship Committee, who reject him on the grounds that he does not keep books for his business. After Jones' attempts to sabotage his medical test fail, Walker is invalided out because he's allergic to corned beef.




  1. This episode is missing from the BBC's television archives after staff wiped the tapes for reuse. Along with "A Stripe for Frazer" and "Under Fire", this is one of three missing Dad's Army episodes.
  2. This was the first appearance of Michael Knowles.
  3. This episode was planned for transmission on 20 January 1969.
  4. It was announced on 9 November 2018 that UKTV Gold had commissioned recreations of the three missing episodes of Dad's Army. These will be broadcast in 2019.

Radio episode[edit]

The radio episode still exists and was released on Series 1 DVD, along with the other 2 missing episodes.

"The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Walker"
Dad's Army episode
Episode no.Series 1
Episode 14
Story byHarold Snoad and Michael Knowles
Produced byJohn Dyas
Original air date22 April 1974 (1974-04-22)
Running time30 minutes
Episode chronology
← Previous
"The Showing Up of Corporal Jones"
Next →
"Sorry, Wrong Number"

Further reading[edit]

  • Croft, David; Perry, Jimmy; Webber, Richard (2000). The Complete A-Z of Dad’s Army. Orion. ISBN 0-7528-4637-X.

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