Dad's Army

Dad's Army, written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, ran for nine years with 80 episodes spread over nine series. It is recognised as one of the finest jewels in the UK's comedy crown.

Set during the Second World War, it focuses on a group of men in the small, fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea. Due to their age, the men are not eligible for active service. They decide to set up their town's Local Defence Volunteers, later to become The Home Guard.

Led by bank manager Captain George Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe), the platoon also includes assistant bank manager Sgt Arthur Wilson (John Le Mesurier), butcher L-Cpl Jack Jones (Clive Dunn), undertaker Pte James Frazer (John Laurie), Pte Charles Godfrey (Arnold Ridley), Pte Joe Walker (a spiv, played by James Beck) and the young Pte Pike (Ian Lavender).

The sitcom - which took a little while to settle before becoming an all-time classic - spawned a full-length feature film, a stage show and radio series.

Genre: Sitcom

Running Time: 30 minutes (approx)

4/5 Stars

Classification: U Certificate

Production Country: UK

Main Cast

Image for Arthur LoweArthur Lowe...Barry Mainwaring, Capt. George Mainwaring
John Le Mesurier...Sgt. Arthur Wilson
Clive Dunn...LCpl. Jack Jones
John Laurie...Pte. James Frazer
Arnold Ridley...Private Charles Godfrey, Pte. Charles Godfrey
Ian Lavender...Private Frank Pike, Pte. Frank Pike
James Beck...Pte. Joe Walker
Bill Pertwee...A.R.P. Chief Warden Hodges, A.R.P. Warden Hodges, Chief Warden Hodges, Warden Hodges
Edward Sinclair...Caretaker, Mr. Yeatman, Mr. Yeatman the Verger, The Verger, Verger
Frank C. Williams...The Vicar, Vicar
Colin Bean...Private Sponge, Pte. Sponge
Janet Davies...Mavis Pike, Mrs. Pike
Robert Raglan...Colonel, Home Guard Sergeant, The Colonel
Harold Bennett...Mr. Blewit, Mr. Blewitt, Mr. Bluet, Mr. Bluett
Pamela Cundell...Mrs. Fox
Geoffrey Lumsden...Cap. Square, Capt. Square, Col. Square, Cpl. Col. Square
Eric Longworth...Mr. Gordon, Town Clerk
Olive Mercer...Mrs. Casson, Mrs. Yeatman
Talfryn Thomas...Mr Cheeseman, Mr. Cheeseman, Pte. Cheeseman
Caroline Dowdeswell...Janet King