50 Moments That Made Dad’s Army: #39 Choir Practice


There are some episodes it is hard not to keep coming back to, and The Bullet is Not for Firing is one of them – it has already featured as the 8th in this series but is back again and takes us back to the point just before that clip.

Mainwaring is having trouble getting a court of enquiry to run smoothly, and the Vicar’s choir practice, relegated to the office to make space for the court, is a bad distraction. So Mainwaring takes him to task.

The vicar is in no mood to be pushed around and there is a lovely bit of physical comedy in which May Warden as Mrs Dowding (the elderly lady with the impressive hat) steals the scene without speaking a word. A lovely example of how Perry and Croft could wring comedy from the simplest situation.


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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