Best episode of Dad's Army

Dad's Army. Image shows from L to R: Lance Corporal Jones (Clive Dunn), Private Pike (Ian Lavender), Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe), Sergeant Wilson (John Le Mesurier), Private Frazer (John Laurie), Private Godfrey (Arnold Ridley). Copyright: BBC.

Dad's Army

Beloved sitcom about the struggles of a Home Guard platoon during World War II who are fighting incompetence, age and pomposity more than Nazis

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Jack Massey

  • Monday 26th March 2007, 9:02pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 2,965 posts

Dads Army is my favourite sitcom by a country mile, but what is the best episode. Mine has to be "Operation Kilt"- Series 2, episode 1.

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Baumski

  • Monday 26th March 2007, 9:23pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 1,583 posts

I don't actually have one favourite as they were all really decent episodes. But has anyone ever played the Dads Army closing credits game? It's fantastic.

Wait until the credits roll and the camera focuses on each character. Then for every name you see like Arthur Lowe, John Beck and Arnold Ridley, you shout out in a really loud voice 'DEAD'. Oh it's brilliant fun and great for everyone of all ages too.

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Aaron

  • Monday 26th March 2007, 10:25pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,744 posts

That's sick. But I'm still laughing.

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Britcom Barry

  • Tuesday 27th March 2007, 1:57am [Edited]
  • England
  • 446 posts
Quote: Aaron @ March 26, 2007, 5:25 PM

That's sick. But I'm still laughing.

It's only funny because we've all done it, come to think of it is Clive Dunn still alive? (maybe just)

To answer the questions their all good but Round And Round Went The Great Big Wheel springs to mind

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Aaron

  • Tuesday 27th March 2007, 6:46am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,744 posts

Haha, yes, he is. (As far as I know, anyway.)

Couldn't possibly pick a best episode though. Best series' were undoubtedly (IMO) those featuring James Beck, though.

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Baumski

  • Tuesday 27th March 2007, 12:59pm
  • England
  • 1,583 posts

And the series James Beck was in before he died? Romany Jones.

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Aaron

  • Tuesday 27th March 2007, 5:21pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,744 posts

Funnily enough, I've never seen that.

Although if anyone has copies... ;)

(No. Seriously. I'll watch anything.)

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Fazza

  • Saturday 9th June 2007, 11:39pm
  • Northamptonshire, England
  • 146 posts

One of my favourite episodes of Dads Army has to be the one entitled "Never Too Old" where Corporal Jones and Mrs Fox finally marry!

The reason it is one of my most favourite episodes is because it has to be one of the best endings to a sitcom I have ever seen. It doesn't lose the plot or go off the rails with a silly ending like OFAH did for example.

Instead it appears to be a normal episode until right up until the end where they are on guard duty and they are toasting Corparol Jones's marriage and they have a toast to all the soldiers in the Home Guard, everywhere.

A fitting end to a fantastic TV Series!

:)

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Ed Parnell

  • Tuesday 19th June 2007, 8:54am
  • LONDON, Wales
  • 360 posts

I love the one with Jones losing his money. That was class

"What's going on here?"
"You may well ask. They knock me out of bed, ask me to inspect my turkey and tell me it's for the King"
"Have you been drinking Mainwaring?"

Also the thing where Jones and the rest, who have been out looking for Nuns who are really Germans (as so often the case), have gone out on a bender.

Quote: wii-man76 @ June 9, 2007, 6:39 PM

One of my favourite episodes of Dads Army has to be the one entitled "Never Too Old" where Corporal Jones and Mrs Fox finally marry!

The reason it is one of my most favourite episodes is because it has to be one of the best endings to a sitcom I have ever seen. It doesn't lose the plot or go off the rails with a silly ending like OFAH did for example.

Instead it appears to be a normal episode until right up until the end where they are on guard duty and they are toasting Corparol Jones's marriage and they have a toast to all the soldiers in the Home Guard, everywhere.

A fitting end to a fantastic TV Series!

:)



Yes, but the beginning was at a dinner where Mainwaring was talking about his time in the Home Guard.

STILL one of teh funniest things ever to be on TV, consistantly brilliant and funny.

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Ian Wolf

  • Thursday 22nd July 2010, 1:34pm
  • Stockton-on-Tees, England
  • 2,837 posts

Personal favourites of mine are "High Finance" and "The Deadly Attachment".

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MTpromises

  • Thursday 22nd July 2010, 7:01pm
  • New York, United States
  • 365 posts

I always liked My British Buddy; I love the ego puffery of the ally rivalry. In the same vain, the Steptoe and Son episode Pilgrim's Progress with the fight on the plane is another one of my favourite classic TV episodes.

Quote: Baumski @ March 26 2007, 9:23 PM BST

I don't actually have one favourite as they were all really decent episodes. But has anyone ever played the Dads Army closing credits game? It's fantastic.

Wait until the credits roll and the camera focuses on each character. Then for every name you see like Arthur Lowe, John Beck and Arnold Ridley, you shout out in a really loud voice 'DEAD'. Oh it's brilliant fun and great for everyone of all ages too.


No. 6 on Things People Say to the Television

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-asa-o7g3Q

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youngian

  • Friday 23rd July 2010, 3:56pm
  • England
  • 1,727 posts
Quote: Ed Parnell @ June 19 2007, 8:54 AM BST


Yes, but the beginning was at a dinner where Mainwaring was talking about his time in the Home Guard.

STILL one of teh funniest things ever to be on TV, consistantly brilliant and funny.


Isn't this when Mainwaring finds out for the first time that Wilson was an officer who endured the horror of the trenches (you never asked Sir).
This makes re-watching Wilson's subtlety dismissive attitude to Mainwaring Homeguard escapades all the more poignant.
Favourite episodes:
Arthur Lowe playing Mainwaring's drunken rogue brother Barry.

When Wilson is entitled 'Honourable.' Wilson gently ratcheting up Mainwaring's petty middle class envy is a joy to watch.

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Friday 23rd July 2010, 7:26pm
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,361 posts

Yep, both of those are in my top 5, the other 3 hmm, probably Mainwaring drinking with the officers, Lowe plays a great drunk; the brilliant stuck on the town hall clock one, must be my fave, and of course the classic u-boat crew one already mentioned -

Walker: So that's three with salt and vinegar, two salt without vinegar, two vinegar without salt and two without salt or vinegar?
Mainwearing: Walker, Walker!
U-boat Capt: And no soggy chips. I vant mine crisp unt light brown.
Mainwaring: If we tell you to have soggy chips, you'll have soggy chips!
(or something similar)

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Steve Charlie

  • Saturday 24th July 2010, 12:24pm
  • EN, New Zealand
  • 195 posts

I like..

"No Spring for Fraser" and "The Honorable Arthur Wilson" (or whatever it's called).

("Leave the office Pike!")