Originally broadcast between 11/06/69 - 11/12/69 The first long series, in which we also meet the last of our happy band, the Oxford educated Rev Timothy Farthing. We see our boy's and girl's partying down, outwitting foreign captains, and we find out about the unexpected courage shown by one member of the platoon. So which episode and why is your favourite?.
Post by gingerfruit on Jul 20, 2012 5:25:02 GMT 12
Without doubt, it had to be Sons of the Sea. The look on Walker's face when he thinks he is about to be chastised by Mainwaring but is told he is 'the backbone of England' is priceless. Fantastic episode and is my second favourite after Never Too Old.
I chose Sons of the Sea because it is my absolute favourite episode of all. I love the way that when the men are stuck in the boat, the traits of each character are especially obvious, yet it doesn't seem overdone or one-dimensional at all - Godfrey's cautiousness (the only one wearing a life jacket) Wilson's laid-back nature (reading the newspaper) etc etc. Just fantastic.
I think overall, Series 3 might be my favourite series as it seems almost every episode is a classic.
U-Boat Captain: I am making notes, Captain, and when we win the war, you will be brought to account Mainwaring: You can write what you like. You're not going to win this war. U-Boat Captain: Oh, yes we are! Mainwaring: Oh no you're not! U-Boat Captain: Oh yes we are! Pike: [sings] Whistle while you work / Hitler is a twerp / He's half barmy, so's his army / Whistle while you work. U-Bo
This series is brilliant. All the episodes are classics. However i voted for Branded as we see Godfrey prove everyone wrong when he rescues Mainwaring from the smoke filled hut,also when they discover he won the Military Medal. I love the part where Frazer hands Godfrey the tiny bottle of Whiskey.
Series 3 is probably the best series I think (just) but it does I suppose have the advantage of having fourteen episodes as opposed to some of the other series that have only six. Although of course Series 4 & 5 do have thirteen a piece which means that half of the entire output of the whole series (40 episodes) come from Series 3, 4 and 5 so it isn't a great surprise that a lot of people's favourites come from these three series. If there was a time where the show was ever considered to be at its peak it would have been around these middle series somewhere I'd imagine.
Anyway as far as Series 3 goes there really isn't an episode among them that I could even remotely call average. If I had to pick a favourite I would say "Battle School" probably in a photo finish from "Sons of the Sea" and "Menace From the Deep".