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

Dad's Army

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1968 - 1977
  • 80 episodes (9 series)

Beloved sitcom about the struggles of a Home Guard platoon during World War II who are fighting incompetence, age and pomposity more than Nazis. Stars Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie, Arnold Ridley and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - The Man And The Hour

The Walmington-on-Sea local defence volunteers meeting for the first time. Copyright: BBC
During World War Two, there is a call for ordinary civilians to form a new section of the army: the Local Defence Volunteers. One man plans to lead them - but is the local bank manager right for the job?


This episode was originally scheduled to broadcast on 5th June 1968.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 31st July 1968
30 minutes
  • Monday 15th April 1968 at BBC Television Centre


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 16th November 2011 7:30pm BBC2 Scot
Saturday 3rd December 2011 7:30pm BBC2
Friday 16th December 2011 7:30pm BBC2 Scot
Saturday 27th July 2013 7:40pm BBC2
Saturday 24th January 2015 2:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Saturday 2nd May 2015 6:30pm BBC2
Saturday 17th December 2016 6:25pm BBC2
Tuesday 31st July 2018 8:20pm Gold
Wednesday 1st August 2018 7:20pm Gold
Wednesday 8th August 2018 8:00pm Gold
Thursday 9th August 2018 7:20pm Gold
Saturday 6th October 2018 5:50pm BBC2
Saturday 6th October 2018 6:30pm BBC2 Wales
Tuesday 1st January 2019 7:50pm Gold
Wednesday 2nd January 2019 7:40pm Gold
Thursday 14th November 2019 8:00pm Gold
Friday 15th November 2019 7:20pm Gold
Sunday 5th January 2020 8:00pm Gold
Monday 6th January 2020 3:40pm Gold
Monday 6th January 2020 7:40pm Gold
Monday 16th March 2020 3:40pm Gold
Monday 16th March 2020 7:40pm Gold
Tuesday 21st July 2020 8:40pm Gold
Wednesday 22nd July 2020 12:15am Gold
Wednesday 22nd July 2020 12:40pm Gold
Sunday 4th October 2020 8:20pm Gold
Monday 5th October 2020 2:40pm Gold
Monday 5th October 2020 6:40pm Gold
Monday 4th January 2021 8:20pm Gold
Tuesday 5th January 2021 1:40pm Gold
Tuesday 5th January 2021 7:40pm Gold
Saturday 9th January 2021 8:00pm BBC2
Friday 23rd April 2021 1:40pm Gold
Friday 23rd April 2021 8:20pm Gold
Wednesday 30th March 2022 11:40am Gold
Wednesday 30th March 2022 3:40pm Gold
Wednesday 30th March 2022 7:40pm Gold
Sunday 15th May 2022 8:20pm Gold

Cast & crew

Arthur Lowe Captain Mainwaring
John Le Mesurier Sergeant Wilson
Clive Dunn Lance Corporal Jones
John Laurie Private Frazer
Arnold Ridley Private Godfrey
Ian Lavender Private Pike
James Beck Private Walker
Bill Pertwee Chief A.R.P. Warden Hodges
Janet Davies Mrs. Pike
Caroline Dowdeswell Janet King
E. V. H. Emmett Newsreel Announcer (Voice)
Guest cast
John Ringham Bracewell
Neville Hughes Soldier
Jack Wright Despatch Rider
Writing team
Jimmy Perry Writer
David Croft Writer
Production team
David Croft Director
David Croft Producer
Alan Hunter-Craig Production Designer
Paul Joel Production Designer
Bud Flanagan Theme Tune Vocals

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