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.

Episode menu

Series 8, Episode 1 - Ring Dem Bells

The platoon are to take part in a training film, but are horrified to learn that they are to play the Germans. There's also the issue of trying not to be seen in Nazi uniforms for fear of causing a panic.

Broadcast details

Friday 5th September 1975
30 minutes
  • Thursday 3rd July 1975 at BBC Television Centre


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 6th April 2013 8:30pm BBC2
Saturday 27th August 2016 8:30pm BBC2
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 8:00pm Gold
Thursday 24th May 2018 6:40pm Gold
Saturday 9th June 2018 7:00pm BBC2
Sunday 29th July 2018 2:30pm Gold
Sunday 29th July 2018 7:00pm Gold
Sunday 31st March 2019 8:20pm Gold
Monday 1st April 2019 7:00pm Gold
Thursday 23rd May 2019 8:00pm Gold
Friday 24th May 2019 7:20pm Gold
Monday 14th October 2019 7:40pm Gold
Tuesday 15th October 2019 6:20pm Gold
Monday 9th March 2020 3:40pm Gold
Monday 9th March 2020 7:40pm Gold
Friday 22nd May 2020 3:00pm Gold
Friday 22nd May 2020 8:20pm Gold
Saturday 30th May 2020 8:00pm BBC2
Monday 31st August 2020 8:20pm Gold
Tuesday 1st September 2020 3:20pm Gold
Tuesday 1st September 2020 6:40pm Gold
Thursday 8th April 2021 8:20pm Gold
Friday 9th April 2021 2:35pm Gold
Friday 9th April 2021 7:40pm Gold
Friday 26th November 2021 12:00pm Gold
Friday 26th November 2021 7:20pm Gold
Thursday 3rd March 2022 7:40pm Gold
Tuesday 29th March 2022 3:40pm 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
Guest cast
Robert Raglan Colonel
Jack Haig Mr Palethorpe the Landlord
Felix Bowness Special Constable
John Bardon Harold Forster (Film Producer)
Hilda Fenemore Queenie Beal
Janet Mahoney (as Janet Malhoney) Doris, the Barmaid
Adele Strong Lady with Umbrella
Writing team
Jimmy Perry Writer
David Croft Writer
Production team
David Croft Director
David Croft Producer
John Stothart Editor
Robert Berk Production Designer
Bud Flanagan Theme Tune Vocals

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