In Praise of... Private Godfrey

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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Balf

  • Wednesday 24th June 2009, 2:32am
  • Scotland
  • 1,190 posts

Just seen the episode where he was revealed to have been an objector in WW1, but turned out to be a braver man than anyone thought. Jus one thing to say after seeing it - the man's a dude.

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The Rook

  • Sunday 28th June 2009, 3:41am [Edited]
  • Leeds, England
  • 670 posts

Also, despite appearing as the oldest he was the last one of the main lineup to die I think?

"...may I be of any assistance?"

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Maurice Minor

  • Sunday 28th June 2009, 2:23pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 478 posts

In real life Arnold Ridley was very brave in the trenches of WWI too. Died in 1984 outliving all of the main platoon bar Jones and Pike.

But he was marvellous. Just a look, a hesitation, a stutter sometimes was enough, followed by "oh dear..."

"I tried some of my sister Dolly's homemade elderberry wine once... I fell over.":)

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roscoff

  • Sunday 28th June 2009, 4:19pm
  • Llandenny Usk, Wales
  • 7,978 posts

I would whole heartedly agree. Playing an understated character I think is very difficult. It would be so easy to ham it up to try and beef out the part. Instead he played it just right. It was a proper job of acting that.

Quote: Balf @ June 23 2009, 10:32 PM BST

Just seen the episode where he was revealed to have been an objector in WW1, but turned out to be a braver man than anyone thought. Jus one thing to say after seeing it - the man's a dude.


Also a brilliant piece of writing me thinks.

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Jack Massey

  • Wednesday 1st July 2009, 1:48pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 2,965 posts

Yes, a true sitcom legend. Branded was a very touching episode. A terrific character. He definitely deserves a thread of his own.

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peter gazzard

  • Wednesday 1st July 2009, 3:15pm
  • England
  • 839 posts
Quote: The Rook @ June 27 2009, 11:41 PM BST

Also, despite appearing as the oldest he was the last one of the main lineup to die I think?

"...may I be of any assistance?"


Ian Lavender is still alive

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Aaron

  • Wednesday 1st July 2009, 4:26pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,744 posts

I think he meant last of those who had died. Rather than last overall. Either way, it's an interesting observation.

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peter gazzard

  • Wednesday 1st July 2009, 9:36pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 839 posts
Quote: Aaron @ July 1 2009, 12:26 PM BST

I think he meant last of those who had died. Rather than last overall. Either way, it's an interesting observation.


Should have been clearer then. Sorry, I'm a bit pedantic lol Laughing out loud

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youngian

  • Friday 31st July 2009, 3:22pm
  • England
  • 1,727 posts
Quote: roscoff @ June 28 2009, 12:19 PM BST

I would whole heartedly agree. Playing an understated character I think is very difficult. It would be so easy to ham it up to try and beef out the part. Instead he played it just right. It was a proper job of acting that.


And was great in scenes with John Laurie who certinaly wasn't an understated actor