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Dad's Army, Series 1 Episode 1 of 6

Classic comedy about the Home Guard unit of Walmington-on-Sea.

In the very first episode of the series, Captain Mainwaring assumes command of the Local Defence Volunteers, an assumption others are not so eager to make.

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30 minutes

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Saturday 18:30
BBC Two except Scotland

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Dad's Army press release, 1968

"Wednesday's new comedy series is about the formation and adventures of a small Home Guard unit. It is no accident that all the main characters are portrayed by actors who have a military background..."

Read the original announcement of Perry and Croft's classic series


Role Contributor
Captain MainwaringArthur Lowe
Sgt WilsonJohn Le Mesurier
Lance Corporal JonesClive Dunn
Pte FrazerJohn Laurie
Pte WalkerJames Beck
Pte PikeIan Lavender
Pte GodfreyArnold Ridley
BracewellJohn Ringham
Mrs PikeJanet Davies
Janet KingCaroline Dowdeswell
ProducerDavid Croft
WriterJimmy Perry
WriterDavid Croft

How Captain Mainwairing and Sgt Wilson got called up

Dad's Army group shot for Archive superpromo

Letters from the actors, internal BBC memos and photos from the first episode to the last.

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