So here is a challenge – to choose the ten most important Dad’s Army episodes from the eighty contenders – that is less than one episode from each series. We’re not talking about the best episodes, or the funniest, but those episodes of Dad’s Army that stand out as the ones that helped turn the series into something great. So we’ve been right through the archive, and racked our brains and these are the ten episodes that we think any Dad’s Army fan should take to a desert island. Let us know below, in the comments, whether you agree. The … Continue reading
We Know Our Onions sees the redoubtable Walmington-on-Sea platoon in trouble as they attempt to take part in a Home Guard efficiency test. The day starts badly with Wilson complaining about having to take the platoon’s new Smith Gun, of which Mainwaring is so proud; and they get no better when Godfrey provides a gun cover made from a floral sofa cover. To make matters worse Walker has been using Jones’ van to deliver black market vegetables and the platoon’s troop transport is full of onions due to be delivered to Hodges. When Mainwaring insists they leave immediately to go to the test, … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Following the recent sale of Coporal Jones’ van to the Thetford Dad’s Army museum, the story was picked-up on the Chris Evans show on Radio 2 on 4th December. The new owner of the iconic van was interviewed by Evans, and the show is available to listen to until next Tuesday – catch it while you can.