Dad's Army - Pike

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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officialsimon

  • Saturday 3rd December 2011, 7:51pm
  • Castleford, England
  • 3 posts

I don't know the Dad's episode guide back to front, but does anyone know why it was that someone as young as Private Pike wasn't at any time called up? Is it ever mentioned during the series?

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blahblah

  • Saturday 3rd December 2011, 8:12pm
  • sunderland, England
  • 1,130 posts

He did get called up in one episode but he failed the medical - flat feet I think

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Aaron

  • Saturday 3rd December 2011, 8:15pm [Edited]
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,739 posts

That's correct, blahblah. IIRC at the start he was too young.

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Saturday 3rd December 2011, 8:18pm [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,358 posts

Yes, I think he was just too young to start with, but as Blab said, when he did get called up, it was a false alarm, as I think he was a rare blood group and therefore couldn't be risked. Although he made sure he had his celebration fish and chips before he told Mainwaring. :) 'Stupid boy.'

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officialsimon

  • Saturday 3rd December 2011, 8:32pm
  • Castleford, England
  • 3 posts

Good answers boys, thanks for that?

IIRC wasn't there an episode also where Walker got called up?

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Saturday 3rd December 2011, 8:34pm [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,358 posts

Walker's exclusion always intrigued me, and I think that may be the flat feet one mentioned, but I'm sure he says it's because he's in a reserved occupation, and it's sniggered at by Frazier who then stirs up trouble by asking the others what it is Joe is barred from the army for. I think they came out with lots of fanciful reasons and someone (Wilson?) lets out of the bag it was flat feet. Or something. I'm very hazy on this one, I can't picture the episode it was.

Unless I'm mixing more than one episode up, as I'm pretty sure of the scene he says reserved occupation, and it doesn't fit in with the rest of it. Unless he said it in more than one.

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officialsimon

  • Saturday 3rd December 2011, 8:41pm
  • Castleford, England
  • 3 posts

Well I've just this minute finished watching the b&w episode that was on BBC that finished at 8pm. In that they were all joining up to the LDV and Walker mentioned in that that he was in a reserved occupation when Mainwaring questioned him about why he wasn't in the regular forces.

Reserved occupation? "...supplying important supplies".

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Saturday 3rd December 2011, 8:49pm [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,358 posts

But I'm pretty sure, fairly sure, that was Walker's joke, reserved occupation, a mask for the real reason he wasn't in the army. And fairly sure but not certain there's a colour episode about this. ? Anyone? I don't think I have this one as I haven't seen it yet in my lot, and I'm one colour series short of the Walker ones. Might be in that one, series 3. ?

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blahblah

  • Saturday 3rd December 2011, 9:15pm
  • sunderland, England
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You are right Alfred J Kipper it was a blood group - you've just jogged my memory. He didn't tell them until after he had his going away fish supper - clever boy!

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Vicky Pollard

  • Saturday 3rd December 2011, 9:23pm
  • Belgium
  • 45 posts
Quote: Alfred J Kipper @ December 3 2011, 8:34 PM GMT Walker's exclusion always intrigued me, and I think that may be the flat feet one mentioned, but I'm sure he says it's because he's in a reserved occupation, and it's sniggered at by Frazier who then stirs up trouble by asking the others what it is Joe is barred from the army for. I think they came out with lots of fanciful reasons and someone (Wilson?) lets out of the bag it was flat feet. Or something. I'm very hazy on this one, I can't picture the episode it was.

Unless I'm mixing more than one episode up, as I'm pretty sure of the scene he says reserved occupation, and it doesn't fit in with the rest of it. Unless he said it in more than one.


I believe it was because Walker was allergic to corned beef. I don't remember in which episode it was mentioned.

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youngian

  • Saturday 3rd December 2011, 11:02pm
  • England
  • 1,727 posts

Didn't David Croft base Pike on himself, who was a youg homeguard member who failed the army medical?

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Aaron

  • Saturday 3rd December 2011, 11:37pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Quote: Vicky Pollard @ December 3 2011, 9:23 PM GMT I believe it was because Walker was allergic to corned beef. I don't remember in which episode it was mentioned.


Yes, I'm pretty sure that's the reason for Walker.

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Tim Azure

  • Sunday 4th December 2011, 9:31am
  • Kent, England
  • 2,037 posts

And Private Sponge?

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David2006

  • Sunday 4th December 2011, 9:34am
  • England
  • 23 posts
Quote: Vicky Pollard @ December 3 2011, 9:23 PM GMT I believe it was because Walker was allergic to corned beef. I don't remember in which episode it was mentioned.


It was "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker" which is unfortunately one of the three that doesn't exist in the BBC archives.

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sootyj

  • Sunday 4th December 2011, 10:26am
  • England
  • 51,287 posts

Maybe he was gay.

They didn't let 'em in the army back then.