Dad's Army (1968–1977)
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Room at the Bottom 

Mainwaring discovers that he was never actually promoted to Captain, and must adjust to life at his correct rank: Private.


David Croft (uncredited)


Jimmy Perry (by), David Croft (by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Arthur Lowe ... Capt. George Mainwaring
John Le Mesurier ... Sgt. Arthur Wilson
Clive Dunn ... LCpl. Jack Jones
John Laurie ... Pte. James Frazer
James Beck ... Pte. Joe Walker
Arnold Ridley ... Pte. Charles Godfrey
Ian Lavender ... Pte. Frank Pike
Anthony Sagar Anthony Sagar ... Drill Sgt. Gregory
John Ringham ... Captain Bailey
Edward Sinclair Edward Sinclair ... Verger Maurice Yeatman
Colin Bean Colin Bean ... Private Sponge
Bud Flanagan Bud Flanagan ... The Voice of (voice) (archive sound)


Sergeant Wilson secretly enjoys passing on HQ captain Bailey's finding that Mainwaring's captain's commission in the original local militia days is invalid, so he'll be reduced to lieutenant, as befits a platoon commander. When HQ concludes he's actually not even an NCO, he has to join the ranks under the Guard drill instructor he ordered himself. After the platoon's embarrassing failure at an exercise, everyone wants to have him reinstated, except Frazer, who smells opportunity. Written by KGF Vissers

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Did You Know?


This is possibly the only episode of Dad's Army that can be positively dated within the time period of World War II - during the episode the verger comes in to say that the sinking of German battleship The Bismarck has just been announced on the radio, an event that took place on the night of 26-27 May 1941. See more »

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Step forward Private Mainwaring.
9 February 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

This is as absolutely hilarious episode, one that very much plays to the quirks of each character. We get poor Captain Mainwaring threatened with demotion, we have Wilson enjoying his poor boss's problems, and of course we have an ever so willing Corporal Jones cut down at the peek of his enthusiasm, as he's attacked bt creepy crawlies.

Poor Mainwaring's vanity is the cause of so much humour, but such is the man that he puts his country first, and emerges as a Private. It's no wonder he's so well loved.

Standout scene has to be Jones waving his trousers about, it's astonishing just how physically funny Clive Dunn was. 9/10

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Release Date:

16 October 1969 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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