Dad's Army

Season 5 Episode 12

Round and Round Went the Great Big Wheel

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Aired Wednesday 8:20 PM Dec 22, 1972 on BBC
9.0
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Round and Round Went the Great Big Wheel
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The platoon are asked to provide guard duty at a testing ground for secret weapons but when one of the devices gets loose the platoon have to give chase

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  • Stick to what you're good at, please.

    7.2
    An unusual episode that forgot what the series could be so good at. The strength of Dad's Army was its characterisation, dialogue and realistic depiction of wartime life. Here, most of the plot centers around a secret weapon (which is pretty unrealistic in itself) and the action comes straight from Keystone Comedies. I never liked it when the show spent too much time on location. Perhaps the actors enjoyed the chance to work on film, it all felt a bit odd to me.



    Of course some of the jokes worked fine and the cast was a bit more extensive than usual. Michael Knowles, who later would rewrite episodes for radio, essentially played the same character as in It Ain't Half Hot, Mum. But the plot twist to get Hodges involved in the story seemed contrived. At times Hodges gets treated as a fully rounded character, here he was just a pawn in a farce.moreless
Arthur Lowe

Arthur Lowe

Captain George Mainwaring

John Le Mesurier

John Le Mesurier

Sergeant Arthur Wilson

Clive Dunn

Clive Dunn

Lance Corporal Jack Jones

John Laurie

John Laurie

Private James Frazer

James Beck

James Beck

Private Joe Walker

Arnold Ridley

Arnold Ridley

Private Charles Godfrey

Geoffrey Chater

Geoffrey Chater

Colonel Pierce

Guest Star

Edward Underdown

Edward Underdown

Major General Sir Charles Holland

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Michael Knowles

Michael Knowles

Capt Stewart

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Bill Pertwee

Bill Pertwee

ARP Warden Hodges

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    • Frazer: Captain Mainwaring, would you mind speaking up a wee bit? I cannot hear a word you're saying. You're mumbling, mumbling!
      Mainwaring: The reason I'm keeping my voice down, Frazer, is because what I have to say is secret.
      Walker: It'll remain a secret unless you speak up.

    • (The platoon tries to figure out what their special duties are by reading the list of necessary equipment.)
      Mainwaring: Three knives and three shovels. Now, what are we to hazard from that?
      Walker: I think I have it, Captain Mainwaring. If we find a fifth columnist, we kill him and then we bury him.
      Mainwaring: Now look, Walker, don't start. What else is on the list?
      Wilson: Three bars of soap, three scrubbing brushes and three buckets.
      Jones: Perhaps it's a dirty secret weapon.

    • (Mainwaring feels betrayed by Captain Stewart.)
      Mainwaring: Oh, you'll stick up for him won't you? You both went to public school, didn't you?
      Wilson: You know, I can't help feeling, sir, that you've got a bit of a chip on your shoulder about that.
      Mainwaring: There's no chip on my shoulder, Wilson. I'll tell you what there is on my shoulder though. Three pips and don't you forget it!

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