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
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 »
Step forward Private Mainwaring.
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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