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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The Love Of Three Oranges

After an unpleasant incident involving wet bath enamel, Elizabeth Mainwaring is in a particularly bad mood. As the parish council hosts a bazaar in aid of troop comforts, George has his sights set on an orange to placate her.

Broadcast details

Sunday 26th December 1976
30 minutes
  • Friday 10th December 1976 at BBC Television Centre


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 25th December 2010 8:00pm BBC2
Saturday 24th December 2011 5:15pm BBC2
Sunday 25th December 2011 8:30pm BBC2
Tuesday 25th December 2012 7:30pm BBC2
Monday 30th December 2013 7:30pm BBC2
Thursday 25th December 2014 7:45pm BBC2
Thursday 24th December 2015 7:00pm BBC2
Saturday 26th December 2015 1:15pm BBC2 Wales
Tuesday 27th December 2016 7:00pm BBC2
Wednesday 27th December 2017 7:00pm BBC2
Monday 2nd April 2018 7:25pm Gold
Tuesday 3rd April 2018 6:00pm Gold
Wednesday 1st August 2018 8:00pm Gold
Thursday 2nd August 2018 6:40pm Gold
Saturday 15th December 2018 5:00pm BBC2 Wales
Saturday 15th December 2018 8:30pm BBC2
Sunday 16th December 2018 9:00pm Gold
Monday 17th December 2018 6:15pm Gold
Sunday 15th December 2019 6:55pm Gold
Wednesday 18th December 2019 8:25pm Gold
Thursday 19th December 2019 3:50pm Gold
Saturday 21st December 2019 7:45pm BBC2
Monday 23rd December 2019 4:20pm Gold
Tuesday 24th December 2019 3:20pm Gold
Monday 7th December 2020 6:20pm Gold
Saturday 12th December 2020 8:30pm BBC2
Tuesday 22nd December 2020 5:00pm Gold
Tuesday 22nd December 2020 9:00pm Gold
Friday 25th December 2020 10:40pm Gold
Wednesday 8th December 2021 2:20pm Gold
Thursday 9th December 2021 2:15pm Gold
Monday 13th December 2021 7:00pm Gold
Tuesday 14th December 2021 3:35pm Gold
Tuesday 21st December 2021 5:40pm Gold
Wednesday 22nd December 2021 2:45am Gold
Wednesday 22nd December 2021 6:05pm BBC2
Tuesday 28th December 2021 7:00pm BBC2 Wales
Monday 5th December 2022 5:10pm Gold
Tuesday 6th December 2022 3:50pm Gold
Monday 12th December 2022 8:20pm Gold
Thursday 15th December 2022 7:40pm Gold
Friday 16th December 2022 5:00pm Gold
Saturday 17th December 2022 6:55pm BBC2
Friday 8th December 2023 8:20pm Gold
Saturday 9th December 2023 2:25am Gold
Monday 25th December 2023 9:10am Gold
Monday 25th December 2023 5:25pm BBC2
Monday 18th March 2024 3:00pm 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
Bill Pertwee Chief A.R.P. Warden Hodges
Edward Sinclair The Verger
Frank Williams The Vicar
Janet Davies Mrs Pike
Colin Bean Private Sponge
Guest cast
Pamela Cundell Mrs. Fox
Olive Mercer Mrs. Yeatman
Eric Longworth Mr. Gordon (Town Clerk)
Joan Cooper Dolly
Writing team
Jimmy Perry Writer
David Croft Writer
Production team
David Croft Director
David Croft Producer
Bud Flanagan Theme Tune Vocals
Barry Newbery Production Designer


Preview - Dad's Army: The Love of Three Oranges

People often complain of there being too many repeats, especially over Christmas. However, the old favourites feel as much as a tradition now as the Queen's Christmas Message, naff cracker jokes and rows over the afternoon game of Monopoly.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 27th December 2016

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