Dad's Army is undoubtedly one of the most successful and best loved comedy shows of all time. It starred highly experienced and skillful actors including Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie and James Beck. It was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, later renowned for such classic shows as It Ain't HAlf Hot Mum, Hi De Hi and You Rang M'Lord, and David also wrote Allo Allo and Are You Being Served. The Dad's Army television series ran for nine years, and in all 80 episodes and several extra specials were made. Due to this success on television, BBC Radio decided to make their own adaptation between 1973 and 1975. In total, 67 of the original scripts were adapted by Michael Knowles and Harold Snoad. The scripts were changed slightly (and in some cases dramatically) to eliminate the visual humour, which would be lost on a radio audience. The re-writes often lead to new material in the episodes, which is great for fans to hear. The radio series incorporated most of the original actors, and was as funny and successful as it's TV counterpart. DAD'S ARMY Volume One is the first in a series of compilation sets which have been released over the years by the BBC. This set features the four half-hour episodes 'When Did You Last See Your Money?', 'A Jumbo Sized Problem', 'Time On My Hands' and 'Ten Seconds From Now'. Though all great episodes, the most significant to fans are A Jumbo Sized Problem and Ten Seconds From Now. The latter is actually adapted from a short Christmas special 'Broadcast To The Empire', specially lengthened for radio. And the former title mentioned is based on the TV episode 'Everybody's Trucking'. On TV the men of the Home Guard platoon are impeded by a steam roller in the road. But in this version however the script required many changes to cut visual scenes for radio, and of all things, an elephant is brought into the story, with hilarious results. This popular set is highly recommended to all fans of Dad's Army and of classic comedy.
There is no signature tune at the beginning or end of the programmes, and none of the incidental music between scenes that gives the series its character - the scenes just fade in and out. The main content is as good as ever.
Here is another great collection of the classice comedy program DAD'S ARMY. These episode's, especially recorded for radio in the 1970's, and this tape includes Sgt-save my boy, Fallen idal, Uninvited guests, and the title episode Put that Light out. This is one of the best cassettes in the sceris of eleven. So hear Pike get caught in a minefield, and the platoon flood Warmington on sea with light from the light house during an air raid, plus two other charming tales.