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, Episode 6 - Absent Friends

Mainwaring is shocked to find that in his absence most of the platoon have not turned up for parade and are instead playing darts with the ARP Wardens. Things get worse when Mainwaring is called upon to help with the arrest of a member of the IRA.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 30th October 1970
Time
8pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes
Recorded
  • Friday 7th August 1970 at BBC Television Centre

Repeats

  1. Thursday 14th March 2024 at 8:00pm on Gold
  2. Friday 15th March 2024 at 2:00pm on Gold
  3. Friday 15th March 2024 at 7:20pm on Gold

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 19th May 2012 6:30pm BBC2
Saturday 29th March 2014 7:30pm BBC2
Monday 31st March 2014 7:00pm BBC2 Wales
Saturday 5th December 2015 6:30pm BBC2
Saturday 2nd January 2016 8:40pm BBC2 Wales
Saturday 2nd September 2017 8:30pm BBC2
Friday 13th April 2018 1:40pm Gold
Friday 13th April 2018 8:00pm Gold
Wednesday 18th July 2018 8:00pm Gold
Thursday 19th July 2018 7:20pm Gold
Wednesday 17th October 2018 8:00pm Gold
Thursday 18th October 2018 7:40pm Gold
Thursday 7th February 2019 7:20pm Gold
Friday 8th February 2019 6:40pm Gold
Saturday 22nd June 2019 7:00pm BBC2
Saturday 27th July 2019 8:30pm BBC2
Thursday 26th September 2019 8:20pm Gold
Friday 27th September 2019 7:25pm Gold
Thursday 6th February 2020 8:20pm Gold
Friday 7th February 2020 3:30pm Gold
Friday 7th February 2020 7:40pm Gold
Tuesday 14th April 2020 8:20pm Gold
Wednesday 15th April 2020 3:40pm Gold
Wednesday 15th April 2020 7:35pm Gold
Tuesday 22nd September 2020 7:20pm Gold
Wednesday 23rd September 2020 4:00pm Gold
Wednesday 23rd September 2020 6:40pm Gold
Tuesday 16th February 2021 8:20pm Gold
Wednesday 17th February 2021 7:40pm Gold
Tuesday 1st June 2021 8:40pm Gold
Wednesday 2nd June 2021 2:40pm Gold
Wednesday 2nd June 2021 8:00pm Gold
Friday 29th October 2021 12:00pm Gold
Friday 29th October 2021 7:20pm Gold
Monday 31st January 2022 7:20pm Gold
Tuesday 1st February 2022 11:30am Gold
Tuesday 1st February 2022 6:40pm Gold
Tuesday 3rd May 2022 8:20pm Gold
Wednesday 4th May 2022 12:30pm Gold
Thursday 4th August 2022 7:20pm Gold
Friday 5th August 2022 2:00pm Gold
Friday 5th August 2022 6:40pm Gold
Tuesday 1st November 2022 7:20pm Gold
Wednesday 2nd November 2022 12:40pm Gold
Wednesday 2nd November 2022 4:00pm Gold
Wednesday 2nd November 2022 6:40pm Gold
Tuesday 28th February 2023 7:20pm Gold
Wednesday 1st March 2023 1:20pm Gold
Wednesday 1st March 2023 4:40pm Gold
Wednesday 1st March 2023 6:40pm Gold
Thursday 29th June 2023 8:20pm Gold
Friday 30th June 2023 1:40pm Gold
Friday 30th June 2023 7:40pm Gold
Monday 4th September 2023 8:20pm Gold
Tuesday 5th September 2023 1:00pm Gold
Tuesday 5th September 2023 7:40pm Gold
Tuesday 21st November 2023 8:40pm Gold
Wednesday 22nd November 2023 2:00pm Gold
Wednesday 22nd November 2023 8:00pm Gold

Cast & crew

Cast
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
Janet Davies Mrs Pike
Guest cast
Verne Morgan Landlord
J.G. Devlin Regan
Arthur English Policeman
Patrick Connor Shamus
Michael Lomax 2nd ARP Warden
Writing team
Jimmy Perry Writer
David Croft Writer
Production team
David Croft Director
David Croft Producer
Paul Joel Production Designer
Bud Flanagan Theme Tune Vocals

Press

Radio Times review

BBC sensitivity was such that for years we were deprived of this triumphant episode. It was off our screens for 42 years until 2012, its IRA subplot deemed too controversial. But the Irish question is very much an aside to an instalment so packed with gags, misunderstandings and drama that it fairly takes the breath away.

Contrasting phone manner offers a lot of initial fun: Wilson's hilariously fey "Hullo?"; a submissive Mainwaring deafened by his wife's receiver slamming. Soon the platoon teeters on the brink of mutiny (over a pub darts match, but there is real acrimony), Jones comes to regret his under-the-counter offer to the captain and Hodges muscles in on Mavis Pike. Is Wilson too much the gentleman to intervene?

You'll laugh, you'll be tense, you'll worry about 74-year-old Arnold Ridley getting roughed up by a burly henchman.

Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 30th November 2015

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