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5.0 out of 5 stars Dad's Army : One of the very best BBC Classic Sitcoms., 18 Feb. 2005
David Berlevy (London, United Kingdom.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Dad's Army - Complete Boxed Set (20 Videos) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Dad's Army has passed the test of time. Eighty episodes in total were made between 1968 and 1977 featuring some of the best comedy actors of all time. These include Arthur Lowe as the pompous yet undeniably likeable Captain George Mainwaring, John Le Meisurier as the affable Sergeant Arthur Wilson,Clive Dunn as the fearless Lance Corporal Jack Jones. It would be difficult to say exactly which of the eighty episodes is the best. Even the BBC have produced a "Very Best Of Dad's Army" on both VHS and DVD and have omitted the excellent "Battle Of The Giants" the one hour Christmas special from 1971. Apart from that, I would say "The Royal Train" is hysterically funny as they chase a runaway train which then starts chasing the platoon with the vicar and the verger in hot pursuit, before the King passes by on the Royal Train and the platoon get soaked. Also, I would recommend "Time On My Hands" which is where the platoon capture a German airman who has accidentally parachuted into a clock tower and Corporal Jones risks his life dangling off the edge of the tower. "The Deadly Attachment" has passed into legend as the most famous episode where the platoon capture a squad of Germans, the leader played excellently by Philip Madoc. Then there is "Something Nasty In The Vault" where Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson have to hold an unexploded bomb in the vault of the bank.Also there is "Asleep In The Deep" "The Desperate Drive" and "The Armoured Might Of Lance Corporal Jones", not to mention, "Room At The Bottom" where Captain Mainwaring is reduced to a Private and "Ring Dem Bells" where the platoon dress up as Nazi soldiers. "Dad's Army" contains some of the best dialogue, scripted by the immensely talented Jimmy Perry and David Croft.There will simply never be another comedy series to rival "Dad's Army" for fine acting, side-splitting slapstick and generally all round entertainment. As it is very difficult and costly to obtain all twenty three video tapes singly, that contain the sixty eight episodes on this set advertised, as well as the fact that three original black and white episodes from the 1960's have probably been lost, anyone that is lucky enough to purchase this set is going to be more than happy with the purchase.
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