Then Churchill Said to Me

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 6

    Goose Has Landed

    Aired 4/15/93

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Blow Out

    Aired 3/29/93

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    Those Who Loot We Shoot

    Aired 3/21/93

  • S 1 : Ep 3

    Nanny By Searchlight

    Aired 3/15/93

  • S 1 : Ep 2

    A Mole in the Hole

    Aired 3/8/93

  • Cast & Crew
  • Frankie Howerd

    Private Potts

  • Frank Gatliff

  • Roger Avon

  • John Challis

  • Neville Barber

  • show Description
  • British military sitcom filmed in 1982, but didn't air until 2000

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  • Quotes (19)

    • Potts: This is the nerve centre of the Allied High Command, deep down in the bowels of the earth. The most important room is marked WC, ... the office of Winston Churchill.

    • (Colonel Witherton threatens to send Potts to the front.) Potts: You forget about my agoraphobia, sir. It's in my files.

      Colonel Witherton: Agoraphobia? What, fear of open spaces?

      Potts: Yes sir, especially battlefields.

    • Potts: That's that raving Wren I was telling you about. She wears naval dress. One tug and it's off.

    • (Disguised as a general Private Potts has rearranged the war map.) General: Isn't that a bit unusual, sir, deploying ships there? Potts: Well, it's a surprise move, you see? Admiral: Moving ships inland to the top of the Eiffel Tower? Potts: If it comes as a surprise to you, God knows what it will do to the Germans.

    • Potts: That's one secret weapon that I wish Hitler had, civil servants. Cause, you see, they don't work and they can't get fired.

    • Colonel Witherton: Will I be the same when I've been promoted to General? Will I still be one of the chaps? Will I still be able to maintain that common touch?

      Joan Bottomley: Oh, please don't worry, Robin. I'm sure your touch will be as common as ever.

    • Potts: They've taken away my braces, my laces and my belt. They think I'm gonna take the coward's way out. The coward's way out? I wish to God I knew which way it was.

    • Potts: I joined the war to be a hero and what's happened? I'm a nursemaid to a nanny.

      Colonel Witherton: (shouting from his office) Hurry up with my uniform!

      Potts: And a nanny to a ninny.

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    Notes (2)

    • This is only the second episode that has some (brief) location work.

    • The credits mention that the dummy Churchill was on loan from the Marquess of Bath's Churchill Collection at Longleat.

    Trivia (2)

    • Goof: Private Potts finds notes for Churchill's speech "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." That speech was delivered in November 1942, but this story takes place in 1941. Surely Churchill did not prepare his notable speeches that far in advance.

    • Goof: When Potts is reading the graffiti in prison, the wall clearly moves as he taps it.

    Allusions (6)

    • Admiral: Good Lord, sir, if Nelson could hear you say that! Potts: Nelson? That one-eyed bandit with a thing about soldiers? Admiral: How dare you, sir! Potts: It's a historical fact. Why, with his dying breath he said to his friend "Kiss me, Hardy." Even Stan Laurel never did that. The argument refers to Horatio Nelson's last words. Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) lost his life at the Battle of Trafalgar. There is a persistent urban legend that Captain Thomas Hardy was an ancestor of Oliver Hardy, one half of the famous comedy team Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy.

    • Potts and McKensey listen to two radio programmes. Mr Middleton's series "In Your Garden" not only gave gardening tips but also launched the "Dig For Victory" campaign that taught people how to grow their own vegetables. The two men then accidentally pick up "Germany Calling", presented by Lord Haw-Haw. Lord Haw-Haw (real name: William Joyce) was responsible for English language Nazi propaganda from Berlin.

    • Potts: Once I had a St Vitus dance. McRuckus: Did you now? Potts: Yes, sir. But only the Gay Gordons showed up. The Gay Gordons is a nickname for a Scottish regiment, the Gordon Highlanders. It's also the name of a traditional dance.

    • Potts: It is a far, far better thing I go to do than I've ever done before. And a bloody sight more stupid. Potts partly quotes the famous last words of Sydney Carlton, the hero of "A Tale of Two Cities".

    • Sally: That little goatee beard! He reminds me of Monty Woolley. Monty Woolley (1888 - 1963) was a bearded, former university professor who became a film actor late in life.

    • One of the messages on the prison wall reads "Get me out of here. Houdini" Harry Houdini (1874 - 1926) was an American escapologist and magician.

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