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There are a total of eighty Dad's Army episodes spread over nine series and three Christmas specials, first broadcast between 31 July 1968 and 13 November 1977. There were also four Christmas Night with the Stars inserts, and most episodes were also adapted for radio (see List of Radio Episodes).

The first two series were filmed and transmitted in black-and-white, and the next seven series as well as colorized versions of the first two series were broadcast in colour. There are three lost episodes from series 2, and The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage is also missing for 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.

Every Dad's Army episode comprises of the following cast members: Arthur Lowe (Captain George Mainwaring), John Le Mesurier (Sergeant Arthur Wilson), Clive Dunn (Lance Corporal Jack Jones), John Laurie (Private James Frazer), Arnold Ridley (Private Charles Godfrey) and Ian Lavender (Private Frank Pike), all appeared in 80 episodes ranging from The Man and the Hour in 1968 to Never Too Old in 1977 while the shortest-serving cast member, James Beck (Private Joe Walker) who appeared in only 59 episodes ranging from The Man and the Hour in 1968 until his sudden death on 6 August 1973, aged 44, after the conclusion of Things That Go Bump In The Night in 1973.

Dates shown are the original air dates from each episode's first broadcast on BBC One.

Series 1 (1968)[]

No. Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
001. The Man and the Hour 15/04/68 31/07/68 After hearing of the formation of the Home Guard, Mainwaring, a bank manager, takes it upon himself to form a platoon in Walmington-on-Sea. He declares himself captain and names his chief clerk, Wilson, sergeant. (Note: First regular appearances of Arthur Lowe as Captain George Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier as Sergeant Arthur Wilson, Clive Dunn as Lance Corporal Jack Jones, John Laurie as Private James Frazer, Arnold Ridley as Private Charles Godfrey, Ian Lavender as Private Frank Pike and James Beck as Private Joe Walker).
002. Museum Piece 22/04/68 07/08/68 Mainwaring, worried that the Nazis could attack at any time, attempts to requisition much needed weapons from the local Peabody Museum of Historic Army Weapons.
003. Command Decision 29/04/68 14/08/68 In exchange for weapons, Mainwaring turns over command to Captain Square, but the weapons are muskets and Square wants the platoon to fight from horseback.
004. The Enemy Within the Gates 06/05/68 28/08/68 Lance Corporal Jones and Private Walker capture two Luftwaffe airmen, earning a monetary reward; however, a Polish officer wishes to claim the reward for himself. (Note: This episode was originally scheduled for 21 August 1968 but it was postponed by 1 week, due to the live coverage of the Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia).
005. The Showing Up of Corporal Jones 13/05/68 04/09/68 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.
006. Shooting Pains 20/05/68 11/09/68 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 honour.

Series 2 (1969)[]

No. Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
007. Operation Kilt 13/10/68 01/03/69 The platoon participates in an invasion exercise with Captain Ogilvie and a highland regiment.
008. The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage 20/10/68 08/03/69 The platoon mistakenly believes an invasion is in progress and splits into two sections. However, one section mistakes the other for Germans.
009. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker 27/10/68 15/03/69 Walker is called up into the army. The platoon, anxious at how they will obtain off-the-ration supplies without him, fight to keep him.
010. Sgt. Wilson's Little Secret 15/11/68 22/03/69 Private Pike's mother agrees to take in a child evacuee, but Wilson misunderstands her and believes she is pregnant. Mainwaring orders Wilson to marry her.
011. A Stripe for Frazer 15/11/68 29/03/69 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.
012. Under Fire 27/11/68 05/04/69 After Frazer spots what he believes to be a German spy signaling planes, the platoon arrests a suspect who protests that he is a naturalised Englishman.
  • Produced and directed by David Croft (most episodes)
  • Produced by David Croft, directed by Harold Snoad (episode 4)

Series 3: 1969[]

Note: From this point onward, all episodes were broadcast in colour

No. Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
013. The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones 1969-05-25 1969-09-11 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.
014. Battle School 1969-06-01 1969-09-18 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.
015. The Lion Has Phones 1969-06-08 1969-09-25 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.
016. The Bullet is Not for Firing 1969-06-22 1969-10-02 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.
017. Something Nasty in the Vault 1969-06-15 1969-10-09 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.
018. Room at the Bottom 1969-06-29 1969-10-16 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 originally made in colour, this episode survived only as a 16mm black-and-white film recording made for overseas sales to countries not yet broadcasting in colour. 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.)

019. Big Guns 1969-07-06 1969-10-23 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.
020. The Day the Balloon Went Up 1969-10-23 1969-10-30 A runaway barrage balloon has to be brought back to earth, and the platoon is called to action. One mistake leads to another, and Captain Mainwaring finds himself on a tour of the English countryside.
021. War Dance 1969-10-30 1969-11-06 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.
022. Menace from the Deep 1969-11-07 1969-11-13 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.
023. Branded 1969-11-14 1969-11-20 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.
024. Man Hunt 1969-11-21 1969-11-27 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.
025. No Spring for Frazer 1969-11-28 1969-12-04 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 locate the spring - until Frazer finds it in his pocket.
026. Sons of the Sea 1969-12-05 1969-12-11 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 disable their weapons - until they discover they are in Eastbourne.
  • Produced and directed by David Croft (episodes 1-2, 4-10 and 12-14)
  • Produced by David Croft, directed by Harold Snoad (episodes 3 and 11)

Series 4: 1970[]

No. Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
027. The Big Parade 1970-07-17 1970-09-25 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.
028. Don't Forget the Diver 1970-07-24 1970-10-02 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.
029. Boots, Boots, Boots 1970-07-31 1970-10-09 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.
030. Sgt - Save My Boy! 1970-06-27 1970-10-16 Pike gets caught in barbed wire on the beach, in the middle of a mine field. But the Army engineers are slow to arrive, and it is up to the platoon to save him - with Godfrey's help.
031. Don't Fence Me In 1970-07-10 1970-10-23 The platoon have been sent to guard a camp full of Italian POWs - but Walker's attitude to them makes Mainwaring wonder whether he is a fifth columnist.
032. Absent Friends 1970-08-07 1970-10-30 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.
033. Put That Light Out! 1970-10-30 1970-11-06 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.
034. The Two and a Half Feathers 1970-11-06 1970-11-13 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.
035. Mum's Army 1970-11-13 1970-11-20 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.
036. The Test 1970-11-20 1970-11-27 The ARP challenge the Home Guard to a game of cricket, but while Mainwaring is happy to play fair, Hodges has a secret weapon - Ernie Egan, a professional cricketer.
037. A. Wilson (Manager)? 1970-11-27 1970-12-04 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.
038. Uninvited Guests 1970-12-04 1970-12-11 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.
039. Fallen Idol 1970-12-11 1970-12-18 Captain Square gets Mainwaring drunk in the Officers Mess, ending up thoroughly inebriated - only a truly heroic action can repair his damaged reputation in the eyes of his men
  • Produced and directed by David Croft (episodes 1, 3-4 and 6-13)
  • Produced by David Croft, Directed by Harold Snoad (episodes 2 and 5)

First Christmas Special: 1971[]

No. Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
040. Battle of the Giants 1971-10-19 1971-12-27 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.

Series 5: 1972[]

No. Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
041. Asleep in the Deep 1972-05-26 1972-10-06 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.
042. Keep Young and Beautiful 1972-06-09 1972-10-13 The older members of the platoon try to make themselves look younger to avoid transfer to the ARP - Mainwaring dons a toupee, some dye their hair and Wilson puts on a corset.
043. A Soldier's Farewell 1972-06-02 1972-10-20 Mainwaring, depressed as his men are not living up to his expectations, and believing his leadership to be unappreciated, dreams he is Napoleon after eating too much toasted cheese.
044. Getting the Bird 1972-05-19 1972-10-27 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.
045. The Desperate Drive of Lance Corporal Jones 1972-06-16 1972-11-03 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.
046. If the Cap Fits... 1972-06-30 1972-11-10 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.
047. The King was in his Counting House 1972-06-23 1972-11-17 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.
048. All is Safely Gathered In 1972-11-03 1972-11-24 The platoon volunteer to gather the harvest at one of Godfrey's friend's 100-acre (0.4 km2) farm. The harvest is collected in well - until the widowers home-made potato wine is served.
049. When Did You Last See Your Money? 1972-11-10 1972-12-01 When Jones arrives at the bank to deposit £500 from local shopkeepers for the servicemen's canteen, he realises the packet he has contains a pound of sausages instead.
050. Brain Versus Brawn 1972-11-17 1972-12-08 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.
051. A Brush with the Law 1972-11-26 1972-12-15 Mainwaring is charged with showing a light and taken to court by a gleeful Warden, and when the Verger tries to correct him he is blackmailed into remaining silent. Walker takes to the stand.
052. Round and Round Went the Great Big Wheel 1972-12-01 1972-12-22 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.
053. Time on My Hands 1972-12-08 1972-12-29 An enemy pilot has bailed out and is trapped on the town hall clock. The platoon climb up the precarious ladder to reach him, but getting down is harder — Jones has broken the ladder.

Series 6: 1973[]

No. Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
054. The Deadly Attachment 1973-06-22 1973-10-31 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.
055. My British Buddy 1973-06-08 1973-11-07 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.
056. The Royal Train 1973-06-29 1973-11-14 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.
057. We Know Our Onions 1973-06-15 1973-11-21 The platoon take part in an efficiency test — but fail the first sections miserably. Then a combination of Hodges' onions and their Smith gun gives them a distinct advantage.
058. The Honourable Man 1973-07-08 1973-11-28 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.

(This is the last episode James Beck recorded.).

059. Things that Go Bump in the Night 1973-07-15 1973-12-05 The platoon run out of petrol outside a deserted, apparently haunted, house. Tired and miserable, they decide to spend the night in the house - but it's not entirely deserted.

(Note: This episode sees the last appearance of James Beck as Private Joe Walker, who appears only in location footage which was shot before the studio scenes.)

060. The Recruit 1973-07-22 1973-12-12 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.

(Note: 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.)

Series 7: 1974[]

No. Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
061. Everybody's Trucking 1974-10-27 1974-11-15 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. (Note: This is both the first episode and first series not to feature James Beck as Private Joe Walker since his death last year)
062. Man of Action 1974-05-07 1974-11-22 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.
063. Gorilla Warfare 1974-10-27 1974-11-29 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.
064. The Godiva Affair 1974-11-03 1974-12-06 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.
065. The Captain's Car 1974-11-17 1974-12-13 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.
066. Turkey Dinner 1974-11-10 1974-12-23

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.

Series 8: 1975[]

No. Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
067. Ring Dem Bells 1975-07-03 1975-09-05 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.
068. When You've Got to Go 1975-06-06 1975-09-12 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.
069. Is There Honey Still for Tea? 1975-06-26 1975-09-19 Godfrey's cottage is under threat from the building of a new aerodrome - but Frazer knows the past of the Minister in charge - his expulsion of school and sacking from a weekend job after theft.
070. Come in, Your Time is Up 1975-07-10 1975-09-26 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.
071. High Finance 1975-05-30 1975-10-03 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.
072. The Face on the Poster 1975-07-17 1975-10-10 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.

Second Christmas Special: 1975[]

No. Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
073. My Brother and I 1975-05-23 1975-12-26 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.

Third Christmas Special: 1976[]

No. Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
074. The Love of Three Oranges 1976-10-10 1976-12-26 A church bazaar is organized for the "Comforts for the Troops Fund". Hodges intends to auction three oranges, and Mainwaring is determined to get hold of one for Mrs Mainwaring.

Series 9: 1977[]

The last ever episode: Never Too Old was broadcast on Remembrance Sunday 1977

No. Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
075. Wake-Up Walmington 1977-07-08 1977-10-02 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.
076. The Making of Private Pike 1977-07-01 1977-10-09 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.
077. Knights of Madness 1977-07-22 1977-10-16 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.
078. The Miser's Hoard 1977-06-24 1977-10-23 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.
079. Number Engaged 1977-07-15 1977-11-06 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.
080. Never Too Old 1977-07-29 1977-11-13 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 in the end, they raise their glasses to toast Britain's real Home Guard. (This is the final episode of the series.) (Note: Last regular appearances of Arthur Lowe as Captain George Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier as Sergeant Arthur Wilson, Clive Dunn as Lance Corporal Jack Jones, John Laurie as Private James Frazer, Arnold Ridley as Private Charles Godfrey and Ian Lavender as Private Frank Pike).
  • Produced and directed by David Croft (Episodes 3 and 6)
  • Produced by David Croft, directed by Bob Spiers (Episodes 1-2 and 4-5)

Christmas Night with the Stars inserts[]

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.

No. Title Recorded First broadcast Overview
C01. Present Arms 1968-10-27 1968-12-25 It's Christmas morning parade 1940, and Mainwaring is confronted by a platoon of Father Christmases.
C02. Resisting the Aggressor Down the Ages 1969-11-21 1969-12-25 To raise money, the platoon dress up in costumes and act as historical figures in the past that have taken over England.
C03. The Cornish Floral Dance 1970-12-04 1970-12-25 The platoon are rehearsing 'The Cornish Floral Dance' alongside the Wardens and some of the ladies of Walmington-on-Sea.
C04. Broadcast to the Empire 1972-11-26 1972-12-25 It's Christmas 1941, and the platoon is chosen to take part in a world-wide radio broadcast.
  • Produced and directed by David Croft (episodes 1 and 4)
  • Produced and directed by ??? (possibly David Croft) (episodes 2 and 3)