Post by bikerpaul44 on Oct 3, 2011 11:43:20 GMT 12
In this episode. As the Platoon all enter the Church hall and are fallen in on parade wearing their snow camouflage. Captain mainwaring explains, " Now we can follow the example of our Finnish allies and become completely invisible in the snow".
I was under the impression the Finland was allied to the Greater German Reich and was fighting their common enemy the Russians until the Moscow armistice was signed on 19 September 1944. In the armistice agreement Finland was obliged to expel German troops from the country.
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Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 4, 2011 1:47:23 GMT 12
Indeed. The Finnish did switch allegiances a few times in WWII, and at one point New Zealand actually declared war on Finland too. I had also picked up on the remark about the "brave Finnish Allies" and I can only assume that the episode is set around Christmas 1944.
Another gaff like that is in Broadcast To The Empire where the BBC is doing a worldwide broadcast. It's set on Christmas Day 1941. The BBC Producer says the Walmington gang miss out as Hong Kong over-ran, meaning their broadcast as part of the worldwide show went too long. However in reality on Christmas Day 1941 Hong Kong fell to the Japanese, several hours in the time zone before this BBC dinner time broadcast. I would wager the Hong Kong people were not sending Christmas greetings to the world by radio that day.
I like the bit where Frazer is in a wedding dress. He reminds me of Miss Havisham!
I can't help wondering whether the existence of three oranges in wartime Britain was realistic, and there doesn't seem to be any mention of how Hodges got them. Obviously the whole point of the story was that they were rare but I wonder if there would have been any at all. The only thing I can think of is that a serviceman brought them from North Africa to sell at a considerable profit.
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 2, 2011 10:35:55 GMT 12
Yes people did bring fruit back from Africa and the middle east. In Norman Longmate's book 'How We Lived Then' about the Home Front in Britain in WWII there's a nice story of how a serviceman brought back some bananas to his family. After devouring one they put the skin outside their house on the footpath and then sat and watched the amzed looks of passers-by who saw it there, such a rarity.
Miss Havisham is a character in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. She was jilted at the alter and wears her wedding dress for the rest of her life. In the book she's elderly but still wearing the dress.
This episode is on Xmas for the 7th year in a row. I think this is the worst ever episode.
I don't think it's the worst but it's definitely near the bottom for me. Something that always catches my eye when I see this episode is that it's actually mandarins that Hodges' is auctioning, not oranges.
I like this episode a lot, especially Mainwaring and his enamel bath paint, every one getting drunk on Godfreys home made wine and Pikey insulting Mrs Fox. Can't we club together and send Mts Fox over as comfort for the troops haha.
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I really like this episode although really they arent really about Christmas as such......would have been fun to actually have a Christmas episode and the struggles everyone had to get anything and Walker probably coming out on top!....The episode could have been called ....Santa Claus (Private Walker) is coming to town.....or Chistmas as supplied by J.Walker.....or Christmas under the counter etc etc
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 4, 2014 16:03:49 GMT 12
The 1968 Christmas Night With The Stars episode was definitely about and set on Christmas Day. Also Christmas was mentioned in the 1970 CNWTS episode "The Choir Practice" too, as they are rehearsing for a Christmas concert and when Walker is told off for placing a bottle of whiskey in the piano and he should get rid of it, he says to Mainwaring, "Please yourself, it was your Christmas present."
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 8, 2014 10:54:11 GMT 12
Haha, you may not find them on Youtube, but if you do, let us know, as they are both lost episodes! However their soundtracks recorded from TV at the time so exist. The Choir Practice was later re-recorded for the radio version of The Godiva Affair as Morris Dancing was too visual for radio, and then used again in the stage show, and recorded again for the stage show record. But all three recordings differ slightly in the script and only the original mentions Christmas.