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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Battle Of The Giants!

Humiliated by Square's comments for his lack of old service medals, Mainwaring and his opposite commit their men to a high-stakes contest of skill, initiative and military cunning. Which is the better body of men - but more to the point, who is the better commander?

Broadcast details

Monday 27th December 1971
61 minutes
  • Sunday 19th September 1971 at BBC Television Centre


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 15th December 2012 8:20pm BBC2
Saturday 24th December 2016 7:00pm BBC2
Sunday 24th December 2017 7:00pm BBC2
Monday 2nd April 2018 4:10pm Gold
Monday 2nd April 2018 8:55pm Gold
Sunday 2nd December 2018 7:35pm Gold
Monday 3rd December 2018 5:35pm Gold
Tuesday 25th December 2018 7:35pm BBC2
Sunday 1st December 2019 7:40pm Gold
Monday 2nd December 2019 5:00pm Gold
Sunday 8th December 2019 8:05pm Gold
Monday 9th December 2019 5:35pm Gold
Sunday 15th December 2019 5:25pm Gold
Monday 16th December 2019 4:15pm Gold
Tuesday 24th December 2019 4:00pm Gold
Saturday 4th January 2020 6:00pm BBC Scotland
Saturday 4th January 2020 6:15pm BBC2
Monday 14th December 2020 4:35pm Gold
Tuesday 15th December 2020 2:00pm Gold
Wednesday 23rd December 2020 5:00pm BBC2 Wales
Wednesday 23rd December 2020 5:30pm BBC2
Thursday 24th December 2020 2:55pm Gold
Friday 25th December 2020 8:20pm Gold
Sunday 5th December 2021 6:40pm Gold
Monday 6th December 2021 3:45pm Gold
Thursday 9th December 2021 2:55pm Gold
Friday 10th December 2021 1:10pm Gold
Wednesday 22nd December 2021 6:55pm Gold
Thursday 23rd December 2021 12:05pm Gold
Tuesday 6th December 2022 4:30pm Gold
Wednesday 14th December 2022 8:20pm Gold
Thursday 15th December 2022 4:35pm Gold
Monday 19th December 2022 5:05pm Gold
Tuesday 20th December 2022 1:30pm Gold
Wednesday 21st December 2022 6:00pm BBC2
Sunday 3rd December 2023 7:50pm Gold
Monday 4th December 2023 5:25pm Gold
Tuesday 19th December 2023 7:00pm Gold
Wednesday 27th December 2023 6:25pm BBC2
Monday 25th March 2024 2:00pm 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
Edward Sinclair The Verger
Frank Williams The Vicar
Colin Bean Private Sponge
Guest cast
Geoffrey Lumsden Colonel / Corporal-Colonel / Captain Square
Robert Raglan Colonel
Rosemary Faith Shirley (Barmaid)
Charles Hill Sergeant Parkins (Square's Butler)
Writing team
Jimmy Perry Writer
David Croft Writer
Production team
David Croft Director
David Croft Producer
Bob Rymer Editor
Paul Joel Production Designer
Bud Flanagan Theme Tune Vocals

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