Dad's Army

Season 1 Episode 5

The Showing Up of Corporal Jones

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Aired Wednesday 8:20 PM Aug 28, 1968 on BBC
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The Showing Up of Corporal Jones
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Just when the platoon finally get their uniforms LCpl Jones is told that unless he can complete the assault course in 15 minutes he will have to leave So Mainwaring and the rest of the platoon think of a plan to help him

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    7.5
    This could be a very typical Dad's Army episode, certainly now that the men have got their uniforms and look like the characters we grew to love. The Jones-based plot works nicely, with the platoon putting loyalty above competence. Also, it's not the last episode in which the competence of Corporal Jones would be questioned, but it clearly shows why the producers chose a younger actor. Ironically, in a plot about the problems of aging soldiers, the actor was required to do some very physical stuff. You could hardly imagine John Laurie or Arnold Ridley climbing high fences.



    But what makes this episode just a prelude to the classic ones, is the fact that Mainwaring and Wilson behave unlike later in the series. Apart from some short examples of pomposity, Mainwaring appears to be quite a nice man and he gets along with Wilson. Even more remarkable, Wilson is pretty good at his job as a sergeant. One real "goof" within the Dad's Army universe is the fact that Godfrey can be seen using a rifle with enthusiasm. In a later episode he would admit to being a conscientious objector during The Great War. Apparently the writers did not put that in their initial outline of the character.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

Martin Wyldeck

Martin Wyldeck

Major Regan

Guest Star

Patrick Waddington

Patrick Waddington

Brigadier

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Edward Sinclair

Edward Sinclair

Caretaker

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Janet Davies

Janet Davies

Mrs Pike

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Bud Flanagan

Bud Flanagan

Voice (Theme Tune)

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E.V.H. Emmett

E.V.H. Emmett

Voice (Newsreel)

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