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Dads Army   ( Ford BB Box Van )   1935

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Dad’s Army is a BBC television sitcom about the Home Guard during the Second World War. It was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft and broadcast on BBC television from 1968 to 1977. The sitcom ran for 9 series and 80 episodes in total, plus a radio version based on the television scripts, a feature film and a stage show. The series regularly gained audiences of 18 million viewers and is still repeated worldwide.

Dads Army


Dads Army



Arthur Lowe Arthur Lowe
 Capt. Mainwaring
John Le Mesurier John Le Mesurier
 Sgt. Arthur Wilson
Clive Dunn Clive Dunn
 LCpl. Jack Jones
John Laurie John Laurie
 Pte. James Frazer
Arnold Ridley Arnold Ridley
 Pte. Charles Godfrey
Ian Lavender Ian Lavender
 Pte. Frank Pike 
James Beck James Beck
 Pte. Joe Walker
Bill Pertwee Bill Pertwee
 Chief Warden Hodges

Who do you think you are kidding, Mr. Hitler?
If you think we’re on the run…
We are the boys who will stop your little game!
We are the boys who will make you think again!
‘Cause, who do you think you are kidding Mr. Hitler
If you think old England’s done?
Mr Brown goes off to town on the 8.21,
But he comes home each evening and he’s ready with his gun.
‘Cause, who do you think you are kidding Mr. Hitler
If you think old England’s done?

[The following verse was omitted from the broadcast theme tune.]
So watch out, Mr. Hitler
You have met your match in us.
If you think you can crush us.
We’re afraid you’ve missed the bus.
‘Cause who do you think you are kidding, Mr. Hitler
If you think old England’s done?

The show’s theme tune, ‘Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Hitler?’ was Jimmy Perry’s idea, intended as a gentle pastiche of wartime songs. It was the only pastiche in the series, as the other music used was contemporary to the 1940s. Perry wrote the lyric himself, and composed the music with Derek Taverner. Perry persuaded one of his childhood idols, wartime entertainer Bud Flanagan, to sing the theme for 100 guineas. Flanagan died less than a year after the recording.

Introduced as early as 1857, when the Victorian Railways took over the defunct Geelong and Melbourne railway company, the most common type of box van used by the Victorian Railways was known as the H van. From then to 1897 roughly 1,000 wagons were constructed. When an H van was not available or if the load was too tall to fit inside the wagon, the alternative was to obtain an open wagon and fit a tarpaulin over the top.

First episode date: 31 July 1968
Theme song: Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr. Hitler?
Writers: Jimmy Perry, David Croft

Frazer: Captain Mainwaring. Did I ever tell you the story about the old, empty barn.
Mainwaring: Um. No.
Frazer: Would you like to hear the story about the old, empty barn?
Mainwaring: Um. Yes. Listen everybody. Frazer’s going to tell us the story about the old empty barn.
Frazer: Right. The story of the old empty barn. Well. There was nothing in it.

In June 2010, a statue of Captain George Mainwaring was erected in the Norfolk town of Thetford where most of the exteriors for the TV series were filmed. The statue features Captain Mainwaring sitting to attention on a simple bench in Home Guard uniform, with his swagger stick across his knees. The statue is mounted at the end of winding brick pathway with a Union Flag patterned arrow head to reflect the opening credits of the TV series, and the sculpture has been designed so that members of the public can sit alongside Captain Mainwaring for the purpose of having their photograph taken.

[repeated line]
Jones: Don’t panic! Don’t panic!

[repeated line]
Frazer: We’re doomed!

[repeated line]
Mainwaring: Stupid boy.

The first two series were recorded and screened in black and white; but Series 3 to 9 were recorded and screened in colour. Even so, one episode in Series 3, Room at the Bottom, formerly only survived in black and white, and remains on the official DVDs in this form. This episode has benefited from colour recovery technology, using a buried colour signal (chroma dots) in the black-and-white telerecording to restore the programme, and was transmitted on 13 December 2008 on BBC Two

Dad’s Army is less affected than most from the wiping of videotape, but three second-series episodes remain missing. Two further Series 2 episodes were believed lost until 2001. Two of the three missing episodes have since been performed as part of the latest stage show.

In 2008 soundtracks of the missing episode ‘A Stripe for Frazer’ and the 1968 Christmas Special ‘Present Arms’ were recovered


Which Character Said  ‘Would you mind awfully forming three neat ranks’ ?


     Sergeant Wilson

     Wilson, played by John Le Mesurier, was a diffident, upper-class bank clerk and Mainwaring’s inferior in the bank and on parade. Nevertheless, his suave, understated social superiority, public school education and handsome looks led to a certain amount of jealousy on Mainwaring’s part, which Wilson was never particularly bothered by. He would also subtly question Mainwaring’s judgement by asking ‘do you think that’s wise, Sir?’


What was Capt. Mainwaring’s first name?


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     Mainwaring was played by Arthur Lowe. He was the pompous – if essentially brave and unerringly patriotic – local bank manager. Mainwaring appointed himself leader of his town’s contingent of Local Defence Volunteers. Of the platoon, he and Joe Walker were the only adult members with no prior combat experience, and therefore had no medals.

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