Dad's Army - They don't like it up 'em, etc.

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by von Poop, Mar 22, 2008.

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'Dad's Army', a fine programme?

  1. Yes Mr Wilson.

    18.1%
  2. No, you stupid Boy...

    79.2%
  3. What is this 'Dads Army' of which you speak?

    2.8%
  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    They don't like it up 'em!

    After cackling at an episode I don't think I'd seen today I found this:

    The Dads Army Appreciation Society.
    DAAS Front Page

    I may join. ;)

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    Cheers,
    Adam.
     
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  2. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit Patron

    After cackling at an episode earlier today I found this:

    The Dads Army Appreciation Society.
    DAAS Front Page

    I may join. ;)

    Cheers,
    Adam

    Always thought Arthur Lowe was an excellent actor. I believe some of the cast of this series were WW1 vets. I often think there is a connexion between humour and the horrors of war. Perhaps that's why Spike Milligan had such crazy humour, after carrying batteries up a hill under mortar fire.

    geoff
     
  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  4. David Layne

    David Layne Well-Known Member

     
  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Was watching the one where the Vicar & Verger join up the other day.
    I was giggling the whole way through.
    Superb comedy.
    The best ever.
     
  7. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    i like spotting the actors in other older movies.john le-mesurier,as the gaol guvnor,in the italian job is great.lee.
     
  8. WotNoChad?

    WotNoChad? Senior Member

    Thought I'd mention, for those who bravely voted "What is this 'Dads Army' of which you speak? that it was a comedy show on the BBC about the Home Guard.

    Absolutely adore the show of course, and also a fan of "It ain't half hot mum" too. The latter has seen much criticism recently for not being quite "right on" enough. Well I enjoyed it as a lad, and my son likes the DVD set I've got and not a hint of bigotry between us...

    cheers,
     
  9. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Thought I'd mention, for those who bravely voted "What is this 'Dads Army' of which you speak? that it was a comedy show on the BBC about the Home Guard.

    Absolutely adore the show of course, and also a fan of "It ain't half hot mum" too. The latter has seen much criticism recently for not being quite "right on" enough. Well I enjoyed it as a lad, and my son likes the DVD set I've got and not a hint of bigotry between us...

    cheers,

    Don't mention the war! (Fawlty Towers)
    There are so many good series from Britain!

    I wonder if "Love Thy Neighbour" or "Till Death Us Do Part" will ever get another run?
     
  10. stevew

    stevew Senior Member

    Excellent show, I have them all (that are not lost) on DVD. Comedy at its best, many catchprases in use today, timeless - for me personally the greatest British comedy show.

    The last episode is particularly poignant when the cast raise a glass to the real Home Guard.
     
  11. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    man about the house is also another classic.lee.
     
  12. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey Patron

    "Don't tell him your name, Spike" Classic!
     
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  13. sapper

    sapper WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Makes me smile having served in the HG. Sadly not much like that mob... Worse luck!
    Sapper
     
  14. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Looking at the poll, is anyone going to dare to admit not liking it?
    Excluding 2 of the septic persuasion, who can be forgiven for never having heard of it, we're so far unanimous in our appreciation.

    Must be 30-odd years old now and still has the capacity to crease me up, even when it's an episode I've seen a dozen times before. Not that many comedies last so well. (Though a fair few that do seem to be written by Perry or Croft)
     
  15. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit Patron

    (Though a fair few that do seem to be written by Perry or Croft)

    I heard a few weeks back that 'Allo, 'Allo is to be finally shown in Germany. Can't say I ever saw a complete episode of this, but it won't work. A lot will be lost in translation and a good deal more lost since British humour is a genetic thing, as one paper reported and I agree.
     
  16. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    Excluding 2 of the septic persuasion

    Guilty
     
  17. marek_pk

    marek_pk Senior Member

    I heard a few weeks back that 'Allo, 'Allo is to be finally shown in Germany. Can't say I ever saw a complete episode of this, but it won't work. A lot will be lost in translation and a good deal more lost since British humour is a genetic thing, as one paper reported and I agree.

    Not sure it's a genetic thing. Both my parents were Polish and I was born in the UK. I had quite a dose of Polish culture at home and British culture at school.

    I thought the show was great. My mum even enjoyed it.
     
  18. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    What I like about Dad's Army is that whilst the cast are bumbling fools, their motives are never in doubt (well, apart from the Spiv). There is never any doubt that if it came to the crunch, they would have done the right thing.

    Mainwaring is a buffoon but the scene where he disarms the German airmen in the vestry has real suspense.

    The added benefit is that no-one who has seen the opening titles a few times can ever forget the German sickelschnitt manoeuvre towards the channel coast.

    'It ain't arf hot mum' never convinced me that it was real although Michael Bates was good in everything and I always felt that 'allo 'allo belittled the occupation.

    Dad's Army didn't make light of air raids or rationing or the risk of invasion at any moment.
     
  19. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Reckon you're right in the 'pecking order' Rich. 'It ain't arf ot mum' was good, but compared to the mighty dad's army not much more than a stage-play and Allo allo isn't quite in the same league as either to my eye.
     
  20. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Just a thought, but did anyone else who was a lad when it was first shown realise that the vicar was a raving iron ? It's only when I watch it now...

    Actually, that was a fairly standard feature of those writers - All of those wartime ones and 'Are you being served ?' had the resident Nancy-boy !
     

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