Yes a great episode, but one I find difficult to watch like some others (eg. Branded) because you feel so sorry for the character involved, Wilson in this case. Not so much for his bank being bombed, but he seems destined to be stuck with Mainwaring forever, both in the platoon and at the bank.
Best episode of all in my opinion. Question for all............Does anyone know what the classical piece of music is at the end when an examination of the bombed bank is underway? Thanks.
First movement of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto Number 1 in B-flat minor. Posted here because I found this thread while looking for the answer myself!
This would also be well up there if I was asked for a "best episode", with a few reservations. Perhaps the class issue is tackled a little heavy-handedly at times rather than gently simmering away in the background, so it isn't representative of the series as a whole. If you wanted to show somebody a "quintessential" slice of Dad's Army this probably isn't it, though if you wanted to present a slice of social history it has more meat than most. That serious side didn't stop me laughing a lot, but I don't think I could say it's one of the funniest. Sometimes a dose of tragedy can elevate a comedy and I do get the impression they were aiming at "higher things" artistically and dramatically, rather than maximum humour. The character exploration is excellent (even the farce of the promotions is enjoyable but also insightful) and from an emotional point of view I don't think any episode moved me so much. The Tchaikovsky helps pack the punch - the scene of the bombed-out bank is for me one of the great Dad's Army moments, right up with "Don't tell him, Pike!" - and the episode as a whole has always stuck in the memory.
It stands up very well to each re-watching, though I can't say that every time I see it again I spot something new, which is perhaps the hallmark of truly great TV. To be great comedy maybe it should have tried harder to make me laugh. Nevertheless, I adore this episode and even when I know exactly what is going to happen, I can't take my eyes off it. I think the appeal is that it takes characters I grew up with, know and love, but have somehow "got used to", and makes me care for them anew.
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