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 Two
Episode 009
Directed by David Croft
Story by Jimmy Perry and David Croft
Produced by David Croft
Original air date Saturday 15/3/69 7.00pm
(recorded Sunday 27/10/68)
Running time 30 minutes
Episode chronology
← Previous
"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 Saturday 15 March 1969. Although screenshots and clips of the episode exist, the full episode is considered lost.


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 doesn't 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 currently missing from the BBC's television archives after staff wiped the tapes so they could reuse them. This is one of three Dad's Army episodes that are still missing from the archives. The other two are "A Stripe for Frazer" and "Under Fire".
  2. This was the first appearance of Michael Knowles.
  3. There's hope that an audio or video copy that was made during the transmission still exist

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 One
Episode 014
Story by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles
Produced by John Dyas
Original air date Monday 22/4/74, 6.15pm
(recorded Friday 20/7/73)
Running time 30 minutes
Episode chronology
← Previous
"The Showing Up of Corporal Jones"
Next →
"Sorry, Wrong Number"


  • 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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