Mainwaring heads a committee set up to greet a celebrated Russian visiting Walmington. Frazer suggests giving him a £10 voucher towards funeral expenses. Mrs Fox, representing the WVS, feels everyone should smile a lot, while Godfrey's not sympathetic to the Reds. Mainwaring decides that the 'Freedom of Walmington' is a fitting gift and asks Walker to have a wooden key made up.
At the bank a letter arrives addressed to The Honourable Arthur Wilson, the result of an uncle dying which has moved his family up the social ladder. Mainwaring can't believe it! It seems everyone thinks the newly-titled Wilson should present the key and although Mainwaring fights against it, Wilson comes out on top again.
Also appearing: Bill Pertwee (Chief ARP Warden), Frank Williams (the Vicar), Edward Sinclair (the Verger), Eric Longworth (the Town Clerk), Janet Davies (Mrs Pike), Pamela Cundell (Mrs Fox), Gabor Vernon (the Russian), Hana-Maria Pravda (the Interpreter), Robert Raglan (the Colonel), Fred McNaughton (the Mayor).
This one isn't really a favourite, but I enjoy it all the same. It really does seem that Wilson just can't help but land on his feet in every situation, and of course the funniest aspect of that is always Mainwaring's reaction
One of my favourites, I enjoy both Wilson's nonchalant reaction to his new status and Mainwaring's apoplectic one! ;D Especially funny is the committee meeting at the beginning with Jonesy's reference to his diaphanous sausage skins and Frazer's 'generous' offer .
Last Edit: Oct 18, 2011 23:14:32 GMT 12 by Mrs Grey
A good episode but not 1 of my favourites, i think the funniest part is where Wilson is riding the platoon bike and crashes into the grass and the vicar's comment you beastly man when Wilson almost knocks him off the bike, that does always make me chuckle
I re-watched this episode recently and realised that it's one of my least favourites of the show's run, but I don't really know why. I found some parts of course funny, but I guess it just felt a bit repetitive with the Mainwaring vs Wilson storyline.
All to do with British aristocracy mate, not even sure myself how all that rubbish works. Some one in Wilson's family must have had an hereditary title and it passed on to Wilson as the previous id say Baronet or Viscount had no children so the title went to Wilson. Clear as mud reply I know.
New Zealand has the same political system as in Britain although we ditched the upper chamber (House of Lords in the UK) a long time ago. But for some reason when people get sworn into Parliamment as as MP's (Members of Parliament) they then get referred to as the Honorable such-and-such. And Prime Ministers become The Right Honourable... It's an oxymoron of course as politicians the world over are the least honourable of people you'd ever find in a society!
Re-watched this today and it strikes me how you can stumble in to a random episode and find pure genious. The idea of a Right Honourable being named as a Hero of the Workers is really really funny!
This being the last with James Beck makes it a bit mixed though.
One thing I noticed at the parade in the Church Hall: they all have rather long hair in the platoon! It is not suprising of course as this was the style in the 70’ties. But I do not think it would have been allowed in the real HG?
A nice weekend to you all!
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Post by Andy Howells on Jul 13, 2021 8:44:38 GMT 12
From memory this one makes me laugh because of how everyone changes their tact towards Wilson when they discover he has a title. Pike refers to him as The Honourable Uncle Arthur, while Hodges tells Mainwaring "We don't want you to do the presentation, we want the honourable Arthur!"
Of course theres the beautiful exchange between Mainwaring and Wilson about the Golf Club and Mainwaring stating "You bet your bottom dollar it (the title) won't make any difference between you and Me"
All this before Mainwaring brags to the bank hierarchy "Oh, I handpick my men you know - The Honourable Arthur Wilson!"