It Ain't Half Hot Mum

BBC (ended 1981)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 9 : Ep 1

    Comedy Connections: It Ain't Half Hot, Mum

    Aired 1/26/07

  • S 8 : Ep 7

    The Last Roll Call

    Aired 9/3/81

  • S 8 : Ep 6

    The Long Road Home

    Aired 8/27/81

  • S 8 : Ep 5

    Never The Twain Shall Meet

    Aired 8/20/81

  • S 8 : Ep 4

    The Last Warrior

    Aired 8/13/81

  • Cast & Crew
  • Windsor Davies

    Battery Sergeant-Major 'Shut Up' Williams

  • Kenneth MacDonald

    Gunner 'Nobby' Clark

  • Michael Bates

    Rangi 'Randy' Ram (Series 1-5) - 1974-1977

  • Melvyn Hayes

    Gunner/Bombardier 'Gloria' Beaumont

  • Donald Hewlett

    Colonel Charles Reynolds

  • show Description
  • British military sitcom about a Royal Artillery Concert Party in India.

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (141)

    • Rangi: Don't you go getting ideas above your terminus.

    • Sergeant Major: Cow dung! Cow dung all over my best tunic!

      Beaumont: You should take that as a compliment. To them the cow is a sacred animal.

    • Rangi: It is ill wind that blows up nobody's creek.

    • Rangi: I am British gentleman and I know the code. One must never mention lady's name who's in a mess.

    • (Rangi feels sorry for the soon to be unemployed Punka Wallah.) Rangi: They're going to replace him with an electric fanny.

    • Sergeant Major Williams: It's not natural, sir, men dressing up as women.

      Captain Ashwood: Maybe not, Sergeant Major, but in times of war one has to do some strange things.

    • Beaumont has some criticism about Mackintosh's performance) 'Gloria' Beaumont: It's a travesty, a travesty! Esther Williams? More like Boris Karloff!

    • Rangi: Sahib, why don't you sing one of your top-hole British songs to keep away the spirits? Like 'Pack Up Your Trouble in Old Kent Road', isn't it?

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    Notes (37)

    • Music: The men sing 'Top Hat' (Irving Berlin, 1935). Lofty sings the 'Kashmiri Song', aka 'Pale Hands I Loved Beside The Shalimar' (Woodforde-Finden / Hope, 1902).

    • Music: Lofty sings 'A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody (Irving Berlin, 1919). Captain Ashwood sings 'A Room With a View' (Noel Coward, 1928).

    • Geoffrey Lumsden, who plays the District Commissioner, was not new to Croft-Perry comedies. He showed up in several episodes of Dad's Army as Captain Square, Mainwaring's nemesis. In one of these episodes, Don't Forget The Diver, Don Estelle also appears as an ARP Warden.

    • This is the other episode of the series that was presumed missing. The only existing copy that has surfaced so far, is an Australian video recording, now included on the dvd.

    • Music: Gunner Parkin and the rest of the men perform "When the Sergeant-Major's on Parade" (Words and Music by Ernest Longstaffe, 1925)

    • Music: Solly sings 'Moonlight Becomes You' (Words & Music by Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen, 1942).

    • Music: The men sing 'The Road to Mandalay' (Music: Oley Speaks/ Lyrics: Rudyard Kipling, 1907)

    • 'The stuff they put in our tea' would be bromide (potassium bromide). It has never been proved that the army did put that in men's tea.

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    Trivia (32)

    • It Ain't Half Hot, Mum. The title of the series shows up in this episode. Apparently it is a phrase in a letter that Gunner Parkins writes to his mother.

    • There is some confusion throughout the entire series about the correct name of Gunner Parkin(s). Though he clearly introduces himself as Parkin in the pilot, some characters refer to him here as Parkins.

    • Gunner Mackintosh now has the same tattoo on his chest as he has in the rest of the series, an eagle. In the pilot he had what looked like a peacock.

    • Mrs Waddilove-Evans is mentioned for the first time. When Sergeant Major Williams asks what the Colonel's main interests are, Rangi suggests her name.

    • This is one of the 'missing episodes'. The original recording has been lost. The only remaining copy is a video taken from Australian television.

    • Mistake: The story takes place in 1945. The Chief Khan, however, mentions 'Road to Rio', a film that was released in 1947.

    • In the documentary 'Comedy Connections' about IAHHM (BBC 1, 26 January 2007), it is said that some improvisation was needed when Windsor Davies lost his voice after shouting so much in the first scene at the station. In the next scene his voice trouble was mentioned by the officers. The rest of the episode was filmed on location, probably before the studio scenes. Sergeant Major Williams' voice has miraculously returned in those scenes.

    • On the train Gunner Graham is reading 'Man and Superman' by George Bernard Shaw.

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    Allusions (25)

    • Sergeant Major Williams is seen reading 'No Orchids for Miss Blandish' (J. Hadley Chase, 1939), considered one of the most brutal thrillers ever written. It suggests a certain cruelty in Williams' nature.

    • The 'Road to ...' films were a series that starred Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. Seven films were made, starting with Road to Singapore in 1940, and ending with Road to Hong Kong in 1962.

    • When the holy man returns, Solly remarks "Here's Issy Bonn again." Issy Bonn (1893-1977) was a music hall and radio comedian. His claim to fame now is that he - or at least his photograph - is standing behind Paul McCartney on the album cover of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

    • When Williams shows his bare chest, he is compared to Charles Atlas. Charles Atlas (1893-1972, born Angelino Siciliano) came up with the method of creating muscles by 'dynamic tension'.

    • The title refers to the Kashmiri Song (Pale Hands I Loved Beside The Shalimar) (music by Amy Woodfore-Finden based on a poem by Laurence Hope, 1902).

    • The title of the episode is a pun. Apart from meaning "to mock someone" it also refers to a "mickey finn", the name of a drug put in drinks, as first done by saloon owner Mickey Finn of the Lone Star Saloon in Chicago in the 1890s.

    • The term Blighty, meaning England, comes from the Hindi word bilayati, meaning 'foreign'. The original Arab word 'wilayat' meant 'kingdom' or 'province'. Soldiers in British India changed it into 'Blighty'. It only came into common use in World War One.

    • One episode in the pageant refers to the incident of the Black Hole of Calcutta. According to the sole survivor 146 prisoners of war died in a small, airless dungeon in Fort William.

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  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • This wartime sitcom written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, who wrote TV's best programme ever Dads Army, was not as good as Dads Army, but still funny.

    By D-LinkUK, Nov 22, 2006

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