Dad's Army is one of Britain's favourite ever sitcoms. With regular viewing figures of 12 million and popular repeats to this day, it's as funny now as it ever was and each generation brings a whole new group of fans - not bad for a show that got no laughter on its first studio record and was nearly pulled after one series.
We Love Dad's Army charts the story of the show from humble beginnings to smash hit. This show celebrates all the iconic catchphrases, the hilarious stunts and goes behind the scenes to discover what happened when the cameras stopped rolling, with insight from former cast member Ian Lavender who had no idea that his character, Pike, would be responsible for the most famous line of the series.
Featuring contributions from Jonathan Ross, John Thompson, Al Murray, Eammon Holmes, Dame Kelly Holmes and many others. We Love Dad's Army is a celebration of one of Britain's most beloved sitcoms.
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Sunday 6th December 2020, 9pm - Channel 5 (85 minutes)
Last Edit: Nov 25, 2020 11:35:26 GMT 12 by Alan Hayes
Post by Alan Hayes on Nov 25, 2020 13:42:50 GMT 12
These clip show / talking heads retrospectives almost always are. But it's a nice barometer of the affection that Dad's Army is still held in. I'll watch it but I suspect it'll be the same tired old treatment these clip shows somehow continue to get away with.
At least they've involved Ian Lavender and hopefully Frank Williams has been approached too. (Though you do wonder how programmes like this get made under lockdown conditions.)
I'm quite partial to this type of programme from a nostalgic perspective and an opportunity of watching old TV footage, even though It means listening to some faceless comedians and long forgotten actors. I actually enjoyed Channel 4's 'It was alright in the 60's/70's/80's series - just wish I could've posted that clip of James Beck appearing at an award ceremony.
At least the majority of contributors in the Dad's Army production are well known to me, and who isn't interested in watching anything Dad's army related?
In this programme there is a clip where Walker accidentally throws his lighted cigarette into Hodges box of explosives (Hodges and the verger are throwing them at the squad from behind a bush in a training exercise), they ignite and Hodges appears looking charred and shocked.
Can anyone help and identify the episode this was from?
It was - in fact - excellent. But as is usual with Channel 5 there were lots of adverts. The watch-it-again on My5.tv is only a tad over an hour. I recorded it but my system kept buffering so that there are some freezes. If it is that 'awful' then I guess I wont bother repairing my recording incl. editing out the ads., then uploading it.
Thanks to Dave Homewood for the information re "Battle of the Giants". This is on BBC2 Dec 20th 2020, so I am looking forward to watching it. thanks again Den
"Several scenes are frequently cut for this episode's repeats, but are present in the 2007 Christmas DVD release. These include Private Walker's explanation of how he received his medal, and various incidents during the competition with the Eastgate platoon.
"The slight blue haze around the overhead shots of Corporal Jones whilst he is climbing out on the flagpole and people on the ground below are visible, indicates it was recorded using Colour-separation overlay.
"No new series of Dad's Army were made in 1971 as the team had been busy the previous year not only filming 13 episodes of Series 4 but also spending six weeks filming the feature film, so the decision was taking to have a break in 1971 and not to have a full series which would detract from the release of the feature film. Instead this Christmas Special was made. The series would return the following year with a full series."
Watched We Love Dad's Army tonight. On the whole, pretty good, though as is common for documentaries these days, too much repetition and too much reliance on celebrity 'talking heads' for my tastes, particularly when they all seem to be saying the same things.
However, there were some less familiar archive clips that I would much rather have seen more of in preference to the celebrity commentary. It was good though to hear from Ian Lavender (though on audio only, recorded this year), Caroline Dowdeswell, Paul Joel and the likes of Jonathan Pertwee, Stephen Lowe and Robin Le Mesurier.
We enjoyed it too. I'd not seen some of the interviewees before. Not a bad way to spend 90 minutes to be fair and it even persuaded the wife to have a look at one of the recent UK Gold creations, A Stripe for Fraser, which I enjoyed more than the first time I watched it...
And now you must excuse me. I need to have my nap.
The other thing I find slightly annoying (but perhaps understandable) about these sorts of programmes is how they trot out the somewhat tired 'greatest hits', i.e. "Don't tell him, Pike", "Stupid boy!" and "Don't panic!" catchphrases as if they are the funniest things in the show. I've never been a great one for catchphrases, and think that the genuine wit in the scripts is often overlooked in their favour.
Last Edit: Dec 10, 2020 1:47:44 GMT 12 by Alan Hayes
It's a shame we couldn't watch it here in Holland. I tried but UK viewing only so did not see it. I read the reviews on facebook on the various DA groups and it seems its a 50/50 in liking or not liking it. Having not seen it personally I cannot judge but I can relate to the annoying "celebraties" or VIP's or whatever they call them, to come in and give their view on something they hardly know, all to be in the spotlights. But I guess its common these days. I really really hope this documentary would become available internationally.
Mariska: I'm not in UK either. You just need to set up a VPN and you'll have full access to Channel 5, BBC and other channels. Norton Security includes one (€19 from Amazon); or visit the excellent www.tellypass.com