Welcome to Walmington-on-Line

This is Walmington-on-Line, returned from abandonment smaller but slicker,  brighter and better than ever before. Walmington-on-Line was originally launched in 2002 with the intention of keeping the world of Dad’s Army alive into the 21st century; ten years later that is still our aim.

The best bits of the original site have been restored to their former glory here and, after many years during which it sat abandoned like a pier with a hole in the middle, we now aim to bring you blog updates on a regular basis.

So what can you do while holidaying in Walmington?  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Check out Cheeseman’s column in the Eastgate Gazette – or rather, find out what is going on here at the blog
  • Take a trip to the town hall, grab a map and plan your Walmington visit
  • Visit Miss Beckwith at the library and browse through her Walmington-on-Line articles
  • Find out what happened to the Captain after the war in Walmington-on-Line’s exclusive Peacetime Diaries of George Mainwaring
  • Sign-up for email alerts, comment on a post, join or start a discussion

Above all, don’t panic! We may be stupid boys but we’re not all doomed.

Enjoy and share.

A new Dad’s Army film? Only a stupid boy would try

Rumours of a new Dad’s Army film have been circulating for some time now. Back in 2012 I offered some advice for anyone daft enough to try. It looks as though I wasted my time though, as in the past few days details have been emerging about what is to come. We are told that a new film will be made starring Toby Jones as Mainwaring and Bill Nighy as Wilson. It seems that Jimmy Perry is lending his support as a producer and the show’s original vicar, Frank Williams, has indicated his willingness to play a cameo role if one is offered. … Continue reading

Dad’s Army on Desert Island Discs

Desert Island Discs is a BBC radio institution that dates back to the days of the Home Guard – its first broadcast having taken place in January 1942. The format is simple – a well known guest is interviewed and invited to play ten pieces of music and nominate one book and one luxury that they would opt to keep if they were marooned, Robinson Crusoe like, on a desert island. The discs originally referred to shellac 78s, later replaced by 45s, CDs and by rights it could now be called Desert Island Downloads. Over the last 72 years a … Continue reading

Dads Army Christmas Specials

Well Christmas is upon us so it is time to take a look at a few Dads Army Christmas specials. Along with other popular comedy series of the seventies, Dad’s Army at the height of its popularity featured a number of special episodes. Battle of the Giants was broadcast on 27th December 1971 and is the only Dad’s Army episode to last 60 minutes. The episode bridged the lengthy gap between the fourth and fifth series but in many respects the storyline harks back to the approach of the first two series – with military hierarchy and tests of competence … Continue reading

Dad’s Army Special – the Coward Revue

The Dad’s Army excerpt from the 1969 Noel Coward Revue was for a long time a little-seen part of the series archive. For many years copies of it resided in the BBC and Dad’s Army Appreciation Society’s archives but were not widely available. The revue, a tribute to the Sir Noel Coward, was recorded in November 1969. Three members of the Dad’s Army cast – Arthur Lowe, John le Mesurier and Clive Dunn performed Coward’s 1943 song Could You Please Oblige Us With A Bren Gun – which could easily have been the show’s theme tune, so closely did its … Continue reading

RIP Bill Pertwee

The BBC has reported the sad death of Bill Pertwee at the age of 86. This follows the deaths of Clive Dunn and David Croft in the past 12 months. Bill Pertwee was a strong supporter of the Dad’s Army Appreciation Society,  taking part in many society events until only a few months ago.  He will be sadly missed but his portrayal of grumpy, vindictive Warden Hodges will live on.

Keep on Trucking

We reported last year that the 1935 Ford Box Van which appeared in so many episodes of Dad’s Army had been purchased at auction by the Thetford Dad’s Army museum, with the aid of funds raised by two families.  According to the BBC the van has been fully restored over the winter and now transferred from the Charles Burrell Steam Museum, where it resides, to the Dad’s Army museum to go on public display. Museum spokesperson Corinne Fulford said “This is a really exciting weekend for the Charles Burrell and Dad’s Army museums with Jones’ van being on show. She’s … Continue reading

Mixed News from Walmington-on-Sea

There has recently been mixed news from Thetford, familiar to many as the as the real-world Walmington-on-Sea. The good news is that, following its recent purchase by the Thetford Dad’s Army Museum’, Corporal Jones’ 1935 Ford Box van has reportedly returned to the town and will be on display to the public from spring 2013, More sadly, the Anchor Hotel which featured in The Man and the Hour and which was also a regular haunt of Dad’s Army cast members when filming in the area, has been demolished. The Anchor has been closed since 2006, but it is sad to … Continue reading

Jonesy’s Van Sells for £63,000

We reported in the autumn that the Ford Box Van that appeared as Lance Corporal Jones’ van in Dad’s Army was to be sold by then owners the Patrick Collection. The van was expected to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000 pounds at auction. The BBC has now reported that when the van went to auction at Bonhams it reached £63,000, paid by the Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford who successfully found backers to underwrite the purchase while they raised the necessary funds. The sale ensures that the van will remain accessible to the public – on display at the Charles … Continue reading

Hidden in the Ranks

Dad’s Army is rightly regarded as one of the most important sitcoms ever made or broadcast in the UK. The series ran for almost a decade, amounting to 80 episodes, and at its peak reached audiences that modern-day programme makers can only dream of. But, more than cold statistics, the series has become a deeply loved part of British culture and heritage and has added many catch-phrases to the language. It is no surprise that, since the end of the programme in 1977, references to it have cropped-up in later works. We are not talking here, about the many spin-offs … Continue reading