The first two series were filmed and transmitted in black and white. There are three lost episodes from series two, and The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage is also missing a few seconds. The 1968 and 1970 Christmas Night with the Stars segments also are no longer known to exist. Only film copies made of the episodes from the programme's first two series survive; copies of series one were made for overseas sales and contrary to popular belief, series two did better then series one. Sadly, despite this, less of series two exists. The three episodes from series two that do exist do so because two were film recorded to show Columbia Pictures executives, and the other needed to be edited post-production.
Dates shown are the original air dates from each episode's first broadcast on BBC One.
Major Regan from area headquarters decides that Jones is too old to be in the Home Guard and announces that unless Jones can get through the assault course in fifteen minutes, he will be removed from the platoon.
The platoon is chosen to provide the guard of honour for the Prime Minister on his visit to Walmington-on-Sea, but poor performance at the shooting range causes Major Regan to have them compete with the neighboring Eastgate platoon for the honor.
Mainwaring has the opportunity to promote someone to corporal. Rather than promote Jones, he tests who has the greatest potential by temporarily promoting Private Frazer to lance corporal. However, Frazer's increasingly dictatorial manner alienates the platoon.
After the platoon is encouraged by GHQ to work more closely with the ARP, Jones donates his butcher's wagon to the platoon as a troop transport. Walker plans to use this for his black market activities, but Hodges decides it will be used for air-raid practice exercises.
The platoon is selected to attend a weekend camp. After arriving 'nearby' by train, they get lost and arrive late and hungry, oversleep and miss breakfast, and are instructed to capture an 'enemy base'. The discovery of a secret tunnel makes this somewhat easier.
After a German plane crashes into the town's reservoir, Walker and Frazer frantically try to call GHQ. Walker solves the situation by flooding the reservoir with water and forcing the crew to surrender.
After the firing of the entire platoon's ammunition at a low-flying German plane, Mainwaring sets up a court of inquiry to determine who should be held responsible, but the inquiry becomes farcical as the platoon attempt to re-enact the event.
Swallow's Bank takes a direct hit during an air-raid, but the bomb fails to explode, leaving Mainwaring and Wilson stuck in the vault with it. After the Bomb Disposal squad retreat to collect the right tools, the platoon take matters into their own hands.
It is determined by GHQ that Captain Mainwaring has never held a commission, and he is demoted to Private. Sergeant Wilson takes temporary command as Mainwaring attempts to regain his stature. (Although made in colour, this episode survived only as a 16 mm black & white film recording. A new technology developed by the BBC allowed the hidden colour code that exists in the black and white film version to be used to return this episode to the colour version, it was first broadcast on BBC TWO on Saturday 13 December 2008)
The platoon is given a heavy naval artillery piece - but the town's bandstand, a rare example of Victorian ironwork, must be preserved. Mainwaring reasons that a demonstration of the gun's capabilities win over any doubters.
Mainwaring announces that a dance will be held to raise morale, but he is less than pleased when Pike announces his date for the evening will be the daughter of a woman who used to clean for the Mainwarings. The Captain is concerned of Pike's infatuation with this 'common' young woman.
The platoon are placed on guard duty, manning a machine gun post at the end of the pier. After Pike loses the food and the boat, morale begins to fall. The spotting of a drifting sea mine fails to improve morale.
Private Godfrey admits to being a conscientious objector during the Great War, and is sent home in disgrace, ostracised by the rest of the platoon. When, however, he later rescues Captain Mainwaring and reveals that he holds the Military Medal, he is reinstated as medical orderly.
Mainwaring decides to use Walker's newly found tracking dog to discover the source of a discarded parachute. A man is finally cornered - but only after the platoon have examined several dozen pairs of ladies' negligee.
Frazer, a coffin maker, loses the spring of the Lewis gun. Frazer believes it has been lost in a recently made coffin, shortly to be buried. The platoon declare a bomb scare and evacuate the graveyard, but fail to find the spring - until Frazer finds it in his pocket.
Mainwaring believes that the platoon could play havoc with the Nazis in a recently requisitioned boat, and the platoon set off to guard the local River. After getting lost in the what they believe to be the English Channel, the platoon believe they are behind enemy lines, stow away on a train, and destroy their weapons - until they discover they are in Eastbourne.
Produced and directed by David Croft (episodes 1-2, 4-10 and 12-14)
The platoon join in 'Spitfire Week' parade, but have to compete with the Sea Scouts and the ARP for pole position. Mainwaring thinks a mascot will help - but when Pike falls in a bog as they try to catch a ram, their plans go awry.
The platoon takes part in an exercise to capture a windmill containing Captain Square's men - they must plant a dummy bomb in the windmill. They decide to put Jones in a fake tree trunk and push him up the river - but only he can get the bomb inside.
Captain Mainwaring is concerned with the three Fs - fast feet, fit feet and functional feet. He embarks on a foot toughening regime, including 20 miles (32 km) route marches and playing football in bare feet.
In Mainwaring's absence, the platoon forego parade to compete in a darts match against the ARP wardens - but when Mainwaring arrives back he is appalled and orders Wilson to bring them back - but with two pints for the winners, the platoon are staying where they are.
The platoon man a local lighthouse as defence against a seaborne assault - but when the light is switched on and the town is illuminated during an air-raid, Jones' section must come up with an ingenious plan to turn it off - and the telephone wires are cut.
Jones has extensive battle experience - but when one of his comrades from the Sudan, Clarke, turns up and accuses him of cowardice, Jones puts the record straight, and Clarke is sent out of the town in disgrace.
Mainwaring allows female members into his platoon - but with Mrs. Mainwaring still at home, the Captain takes a shine to a younger woman. Rumours begin to circulate that there is more to their relationship than immediately visible.
Mainwaring is shocked to discover than Wilson has been commissioned, and even more shocked when he finds out that Wilson has been made manager of the Eastgate branch, leaving Pike as his Chief Clerk and Jones as his Sergeant.
After the ARP HQ is bombed out, the platoon are forced to share the church hall with the ARP wardens. Mainwaring protests to anyone who will listen, and they are ordered to leave - but not for another week.
The platoon are challenged by the Eastgate platoon to a test - but Hodges, the vicar and the verger are judges. To begin with, they seem likely to win - but when Jones gets a bad attack of malaria, defeat seems close.
A bomb falls on the local pumping station as Godfrey and Walker are patrolling there, trapping them. When the platoon try to free them, they get stuck with them, and when a pipe bursts the room rapidly begins filling with water
Wilson goes AWOL and is seen with his arm round a younger woman, who turns out be his daughter. Walker acquires 250 pigeons for Jones to sell as "off the ration" meat - but when Jones hears of a shortage of pigeons in Trafalgar Square, he changes his mind.
A mis-read map lands the platoon in a barn marked as a target for artillery practice. Jones and Godfrey try to phone to stop the firing, but Godfrey cuts the wire - it is down to Jones to reach the barn before it is blown up.
After Frazer moans about Mainwaring wasting his time with irrelevant lectures, he allows Frazer become Captain for a couple of days - but the power goes to his head. When Mainwaring re-assumes command he is shocked to find out he must play the bagpipes the following day.
To boost morale, Mainwaring holds a party in his home - but a bomb hits the Walmington-on-Sea branch of Swallows Bank, and there are thousands of pounds to be counted and guarded by his party guests and taken to the Eastgate branch on horse and cart.
The platoon is challenged to plant a dummy bomb in the OC's office, and decide to disguise themselves as firemen, travelling in an old fire engine. There is one problem — Hodges has spotted a real fire.
Operation Catherine Wheel is the testing of the War Office's new radio controlled explosive wheel. The platoon are chosen for fatigues — but Pike and Walker sneak off to listen to the radio, unknowingly pushing the wheel out of control.
The platoon is ordered to guard the crew of a sunken U-Boat until the escort arrives - but when the escort is delayed, they must guard them all night. They insist on being fed only the finest fish and chips, and make it known that they will be held accountable after the war.
The Americans have decided to get involved in the war, and they make themselves at home in Walmington-on-Sea — with the platoon's girlfriends. A fight breaks out — and the local press are on hand to record it.
King George VI is set to pass through Walmington and the platoon are selected to provide a guard of honour, but a mix-up between sleeping pills and saccharine knocks out the drivers of a preceding train. The platoon must move the train to clear the line.
Mainwaring is enraged when Sergeant Wilson inherits a title, and consequently receives an invitation to the golf club Mainwaring has been trying to join for years as well as ending up welcoming a visiting Soviet VIP.
When Mainwaring takes leave due to an ingrowing toenail, Wilson takes charge - but he allows the vicar and the verger to join the platoon, making the rest of the men angry. While on patrol, they prove useless at keeping order, and end up resigning.
(James Beck is still credited on the closing titles of this episode, but his credit would be removed from Series 7 onwards. Walker's absence is explained by a note left in his place in the front row, saying he has "gone up to the Smoke [London] for a few days to do a deal", which was hastily written in when Beck became ill.)
The platoon are given the job of signposting the area for an Army exercise - but a steam engine is blocking the route, and its driver has gone. When Jones tries to drive his van through, he gets stuck, along with Hodges and his bus load of pensioners. They must set up a diversion.
A landmine has destroyed 100 yards (100 m) of railway track, along with water and gas supplies and telephone wires. Compounding the problem, Pike gets his head stuck between the bars of a gate. Mainwaring declares martial law.
On a field exercise acting as commandos meeting a secret agent (Mainwaring), the platoon must trust no-one - GHQ has put out counter agents to catch them. The appearance of a gorilla compounds their problem.
The platoon are dressing up as morris dancers as part of a carnival to raise money for the town's Spitfire fund, which is still £2,000 short. A Lady Godiva figure will lead the parade, but there is confusion over who this will be.
Lady Maltby has donated her Rolls-Royce to the war effort - Mainwaring decides this would make an excellent staff car, and gives it to Wilson and Pike to camouflage - they are providing the guard of honour for a visiting French general - but they paint the Mayor's Rolls-Royce and not Mainwaring's.
After Jones mistakenly shoots a turkey on patrol, and its owner cannot be found, the platoon decide to hold a turkey dinner and treat the town's senior citizens. Mainwaring turns up in a dinner jacket, which is promptly soaked with gravy - which is then covered up with white paint.
Mainwaring is displeased when he finds out his platoon has been chosen to play Nazis in a training film, and even less so when he finds out Pike and Sgt. Wilson are to play the German officers. When they arrive at the set, they are told filming will not start for another week - on the way back, they are mistaken for real Nazis when they stop at a pub - and then again when they reach Walmington.
Despite his bad chest, blocked sinuses, weak ankles, and a recently acquired facial tic, Pike is passed A1 on medical and is set to join the Army. Before this happens, Mainwaring must compete with Hodges in a blood donor drive - and it is discovered that since Pike has a rare blood type, he is no longer suitable for call up.
The platoon go camping and discover three Nazis in a dinghy, aircrew who bailed out when their plane was shot down. Pike wants to shoot through the dinghy and sink them, but Mainwaring dismisses this as not "playing with a straight bat." Wilson comes up with a more civilised strategy.
Mainwaring stops Jones from cashing any more cheques because his bank balance is in the red - but an investigation reveals an increasing train of debtors, traced back to Hodges, through an orphanage Jones has been supplying with meat.
Mainwaring prepares a poster for a recruitment drive, eager to increase his platoon to a company and gain promotion to Major - but a print shop mix-up lands the platoon in trouble, and Jones, the face of the recruitment drive, in a POW camp.
Mainwaring's drunken brother Barry (Arthur Lowe in a dual role) arrives in Walmington claiming that their father's pocket watch, held by Mainwaring, belongs to him. Mainwaring gives him the pocket watch to assuage him, but he gatecrashes Mainwaring's party for local dignitaries.
As the threat of invasion lessens, the towns people begin to relax. Mainwaring orders Operation Wake-Up, dressing the platoon up as fifth columnists, and telling them to act suspiciously. Eventually, the Eastgate platoon are called in to deal with them.
Pike borrows Mainwaring's recently acquired staff car to drive his new girlfriend to Eastgate, but, still heady from his raspberryade binge, it runs out of petrol nine miles from home on the way back, forcing Pike to spend all night pushing it back.
As part of a Wings for Victory campaign, the platoon decide to stage a re-enactment of the battle between St George and the Dragon, with Mainwaring as St. George - but the ARP wardens have been planning exactly the same thing.
Frazer, distrustful of banks, keeps his savings in the form of gold sovereigns - but Mainwaring believes his hoard would be better in Mainwaring's bank. Rumours spread about the savings, and when Frazer is seen carrying a box to the graveyard, the platoon follow.
The platoon is given the job of guarding telephone wires, otherwise known as "highly secret invasion warning devices" - but as the vicar arrives to lead a service, Mainwaring sees an unexploded bomb caught in the wires. Mainwaring's commandeering of furniture fails to help, but Wilson has a better idea.
Corporal Jones is married to Mrs Fox - but the service is interrupted as an invasion warning is sounded. The platoon break the fourth wall and raise their glasses to toast Britain's real Home Guard. (This is the final episode of the series.)
Produced and directed by David Croft (Episodes 3 and 6)
Christmas Night with the Stars was a programme screened annually on Christmas night, when the top stars of the BBC appeared in short versions of their programmes (which were typically five to ten minutes long).
Dad's Army appeared four times; in 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1972. However, the 1968 and 1970 Christmas segments are no longer known to exist; only the 1969 and 1972 Christmas segments remain. In 2008, the soundtrack to one of the missing inserts, Present Arms, was returned to the BBC.