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Janet King
Janet King
Born 1920s
Occupation Bank Clerk
Relatives None known
Affiliations Swallow Bank
Series information
First seen The Man and the Hour
Last Seen Shooting Pains
Portrayed by Caroline Dowdeswell
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Janet King (often referred to by her superiors at the bank as Miss King) was a young, blonde resident of Walmington-on-Sea. She worked as a clerk at Swallow Bank.


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Miss King: "As you're both busy I thought you might like your tea in here, sir."
Wilson: "Ah, thank you Miss King! Very kind of you. Just put it over there, will you? Very thoughtful thing to do. (to Mainwaring) What a nice girl she is."
Mainwaring: "Charming."
(Command Decision)

Helpful and at times slightly cheeky, Miss King often acted as a secretary to the bank's manager George Mainwaring, making tea, coffee and running other errands. She had a habit of carrying a pencil around with her, which she often used to take down notes for Mr. Mainwaring. She got on well with her colleague Frank Pike, with whom she often joked around.

It was Miss King who informed Mainwaring of Anthony Eden's announcement which led to the formation of the Walmington-on-Sea platoon of local defence volunteers (later the Home Guard).

Behind the scenes[]

  • Series co-creator and writer David Croft revealed that Miss King was introduced at a fairly late stage in the scripting because the BBC's head of comedy Michael Mills believed that the programme needed a "soupçon of sex".
  • Though all of the episodes Miss King appeared in were in black and white, she was an unmistakable blonde.
  • Miss King only ever appeared in the programme's first series, appearing in all episodes in it apart from The Showing Up of Corporal Jones; although a scene featuring her was recorded for this episode, this had to be edited out of the finished programme for timing reasons. The character of Miss King was eventually dropped because Jimmy Perry and David Croft had difficulty finding anything for her to do in later episodes. However, she was still mentioned occasionally as an employee of the bank. For instance, Pike delivered a query regarding a customer from her to Mr. Mainwaring in A. Wilson (Manager)?.