50 Moments That Made Dad’s Army: #3 Hand to Hand Combat

Hand to Hand Combat

Despite Dad’s Army’s wartime setting, very little actual fighting takes place throughout the series. However in the pastoral episode All is Safely Gathered In, first broadcast on 24 November 1972 all that changes.

Following a heart-warming collaborative effort between the Home Guard and the ARP wardens, things begin to go wrong aided by Mrs Prentice’s home-made potato wine and a harvest address from the vicar.

One of the lovely things about this episode is the obviously suppressed relationship between Godfrey and Mrs Prentice, and in the closing moments we see them very sweetly holding hands together. Mostly, however, this moment is notable for a high level of violence between the wardens and the Home Guard, and everyone, except Godfrey, gets truly stuck-in!


50 Moments that made Dad’s Army is a series of blog posts each focusing on one moment that helped define the popular comedy series. There will be one post for each of the 50 days leading-up to the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of the first episode of the series on 31st July 1968. 50 Moments that Made Dad’s Army is brought to you by walmington-on-line.co.uk and copyright of all video clips belongs to the BBC.



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