The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker
Series 2, Episode 3
Air Date 15th March 1969
Written by Jimmy Perry & David Croft
Director David Croft
Producer David Croft
Length 30 minutes
Original Audience Figures 11.3 Million
Previous episode The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage
Next episode Sgt. Wilson's Little Secret
List of episodes
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker is the third episode of the second series of Dad's Army, which was originally transmitted on Saturday 15th March 1969. It is currently one of three episodes absent from the BBC's archives.


To his complete surprise, Walker receives his call-up papers. Mainwaring tries his best to get his superiors' to reconsider.


When Walker is called up, he applies to the Military Service Hardship Committee, who reject him on the grounds that he doesn't keep books for his business. After Jones' attempts to sabotage his medical test fail, he is invalided out because he's allergic to corned beef.


  • This episode is currently missing from the BBC's television archives after they wiped them so they could reuse the tapes, this is one of three Dad's Army episodes that are still missing from the archives; the other two are A Stripe for Frazer and Under Fire. The radio version still exists.