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Dad's Army was created and written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, the duo who were also responsible for 'Allo 'Allo, Hi-De-Hi! and It Ain't Half Hot, Mum . Perry came up with the idea when it struck him that people had forgotten the role that the Home Guard played in the Second World War.
The sitcom followed the farcical exploits of the Walmington-on-Sea platoon, led by Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) and it ran on TV from 1968 to 1977. The story begins in May 1940 with Sir Anthony Eden's plea to men to come forward as Local Defence Volunteers. In the fictional town of Walmington, the pompous bank manager George Mainwaring declares himself commanding officer ("Times of peril always bring great men to the fore,") and gathers together a loyal but incompetent platoon of local men to defend the town against invasion.
Although reviewers initially criticised the series for mocking the Home Guard, the plotline was surprisingly realistic. The real Home Guard lacked uniforms and weapons at first, and the huge influx of volunteers meant that the organisation was quite shambolic. The age limit for recruits was supposed to be 65, but this was not enforced to begin with, allowing First World War veterans in their seventies and eighties to creep in.
Dad's Army had its own elderly, incontinent Private Godfrey, played by Arnold Ridley, who had fought in WW1 himself. The actor was seriously injured at the Somme, rendering his left arm almost useless, and leaving him susceptible to blackouts.
Among the rest of the cast were Clive Dunn (who simultaneously drew in a different audience as the chart-topping pop star 'Grandad'), Hattie Jacques' former husband, John le Mesurier and a baby-faced Ian Lavender, who has since resurfaced as Derek in EastEnders.
This box set features the entire collection of surviving episodes of the programme. Includes all nine surviving episodes from Series 1 and 2 and the complete series 3-9.
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Subtitles: English for the Hard of Hearing (only)
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Of course some episodes are better than others but when you realise just how many episodes were written the quality and consistancy of the writing is amazing.This box set also includes the three Christmas specials.Quite simply this is classic comedy at it's best and it just has to be awarded maximum marks.Fabulous and well worth spending your cash on.
As for the episodes themselves over the series as a whole (which spans nine years), they are consistently strong throughout, whether that's relating to stories relying on more of the characterisation (involving more dialoque) aspects of the show, or more of the farcical side, which tends to happen most when the platoon are given some assignment to perform. Often at these times Clive Dunn comes into his own.Read more ›
So far I've found 7 individual short features on the main stars, entitled 'We Are The Boys'. They are spread across the first 13 discs, as are several picture galleries. These shorts feature interviews with surviving cast members as well as Jimmy Croft and David Perry.
The real magic is to be found on the final disc, which is only advertised as 'The Christmas Specials', but which contains around ten shorts, including long forgotten Blue Peter appearances, Road Safety films, sketches, a Noel Coward Review and more. There's also another photo gallery and an article from the Radio Times.
I have no idea if all this content was previously available on the individual releases and best of compilations, but it provides a very welcome bonus to round off one of the finest situation comedies ever.
Ok so there's no commentaries, but does anyone really need to have the minutiae of this great show explained to them? Buy the box set, take a week off work and enjoy! Finally I'd like to say I never doubted the content of this box set, I knew it would be great right from the off and I said so.
As for the DVD's, it is nice to have all the episodes of this outstanding comedy available as a boxset. It certainly works out cheaper than buying the individual series of Dad's Army. There are many extras on the Christmas Specials disc e.g. photo gallery, cine film of the cast on tour, public information films etc. Worth buying if you appreciate comedy that all the family can watch.
The maddening thing is that "Room at the Bottom" (which is in B&W on this set), got restored and was shown in full colour on BBC 2 in December 2008.
But after watching the first few episodes I knew I would like it. My favourite Characters are Sergeant Arthur Wilson & Lance-Corporal Jack Jones. While I liked pretty much all the characters those two I just found very very funny. I also love the fact the BBC has filled this box set with extras. 2 episodes have been lost, but they have even put the radio version of the missing episodes. I have posted a full list below of everything that is in this box set. Hope this helps!
Disk 1: (All episodes on this disk are black & white)
Series 1 – Episode 1 – The Man and the Hour, 31 July 1968
Series 1 – Episode 2 – Museum Piece, 7 August 1968
Series 1 – Episode 3 – Command Decision, 14 August 1968
Series 1 – Episode 4 – The Enemy Within the Gates, 28 August 1968
Series 1 – Episode 5 – The Showing Up of Corporal Jones, 4 September 1968
Series 1 – Episode 6 – Shooting Pains, 11 September 1968
Disk 2: (All episodes on this disk are black & white. Also 3 episodes from series 2 are lost)
Series 2 – Episode 1 – Operation Kilt, 1 March 1969
Series 2 – Episode 2 – The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage, 8 March 1969
Series 2 – Episode 4 – Sgt.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this classic tv series its a shame that some of the original episodes are missing presumed wiped but you never know what may turn up(but you have to buy again if they do!).Published 11 hours ago by jims7723
Bought this for my dad who is a long time fan and he thoroughly enjoys re-watching the classicsPublished 2 days ago by Dan
A great collection...so good I still watch all the repeats on TV as wellPublished 12 days ago by D. E. Banks