It Ain't Half Hot Mum

Season 6 Episode 1

The Stars Look Down

Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Oct 23, 1978 on BBC
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The Stars Look Down
The men from the Concert Party get to act in an American propaganda movie, but can they stomach the American view of the war? Beaumont does everything to get his face in the film, Battery Sergeant Major Williams refuses to take part.

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  • A new stage in the life cycle of the show.

    In this first episode without Michael Bates we discover what his contribution to the show was. Strangely enough, considering the racism charges that were sometimes aimed at the show, his disappearance makes the natives even less relevant. With Rangi there used to be sharp little attacks on British colonialism; without him the Indians just become part of the background. Muhammed and Rumzan cannot fill the void left by Rangi.

    The plot of the episode is not that original. it shows the tension between the British and American allies, something Croft & Perry did before in "My British Buddy" on "Dad's Army". The slapstick of the film production also feels like a repeat of older material.moreless
Melvyn Hayes

Melvyn Hayes

Gunner/Bombardier 'Gloria' Beaumont

Kenneth MacDonald

Kenneth MacDonald

Gunner 'Nobby' Clark

Donald Hewlett

Donald Hewlett

Colonel Charles Reynolds

Michael Knowles

Michael Knowles

Captain Tarquin Ashwood

John Clegg

John Clegg

Gunner 'Padoruski' Graham

Don Estelle

Don Estelle

Gunner 'Lofty' Sugden

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • (The audience does not react to the show.) Captain Ashwood: Sergeant Major, these Gurkha chappies's faces are inscrutable. I wonder what they are thinking.

      Sergeant Major Williams: Probably the same as what I'm thinking, sir. "What a load of poofs!"

    • Graham: (reading newspaper) Field Marshal Slim says we've got the Japs on the run.

      Parkin: They must have been giving them some of our tinned stew. It's had me on the run for two days.

    • Zimmerman: Staff Sergeant!

      Sergeant Major Williams: Sir, I'm a Battery Sergeant Major.

      Zimmerman: Oh, that's great. That means we don't have to wind you up, huh?

    • Captain Ashwood: The way that Colonel made me play the part was absurd. I mean, why do all Americans think that British officers are silly arses? I don't go around saying "By Jove" and "Good show" in a silly affected voice. They've no idea of reality.

    • Sergeant Major Williams: Lofty, boy, you may be short, and you may be stupid, but today, single-handed, you have saved the reputation of the entire British army.

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