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 4 - The Cornish Floral Dance

The platoon, air raid wardens and a number of local ladies congregate in the church hall to rehearse for a performance of 1911 song The Cornish Floral Dance. They do not get off to a smooth start...


Recorded on Friday 4th December 1970.

This short insert was broadcast as part of Christmas Night With The Stars. It is believed to have been the first item in the 90 minute programme.

Part of this short episode's script was recyled for a scene the radio adaptation of Series 7 Episode 4, The Godiva Affair.

The script was also used in part of the Dad's Army stage play, a segment of which was included in 1975 's Royal Variety Performance, recorded at the London Palladium and broadcast on ITV.

Only a home-make audio recording of this special is known to survive.

This episode no longer exists in the archives. It is missing, believed wiped.

Broadcast details

Friday 25th December 1970
10 minutes
  • Friday 4th December 1970 at BBC Television Centre

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
Colin Bean Private Sponge
Guest cast
Hugh Hastings Private Hastings
George Hancock Private Hancock
Writing team
Jimmy Perry Writer
David Croft Writer
Production team
David Croft Director
David Croft Producer

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