Dad's Army

Dad's Army (1968)

37 mistakes

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Battle of the Giants - S99-E2

Revealing mistake: Just before the two vans drive round in circles, when Mainwaring has trouble with the gearbox, the shot from inside the van shows a house through the driver's window. But in the exterior shots there are no buildings around, just trees.

Never Too Old - S9-E6

Continuity mistake: In this episode Mrs. Fox's first name is Mildred, but in "Mum's Army" (5-9) her first name is Marcia.

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Battle of the Giants - S99-E2

Continuity mistake: When the Walmington platoon stop their van to open the gate to let the sheep out in attempt to hold up the Eastgate platoons van the Eastgate van drives through the gate into the field with Hodges on his motorbike following, but when the camera cuts back to the road the Eastgate van and the motorbike are on the road behind Walmington's van, the Eastgate van and the motorbike are next seen coming out of the field further up the road.

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Is There Honey Still for Tea? - S8-E3

Revealing mistake: When Mainwaring first comes into the bank, followed by the workmen with his new door, behind them is the 'high street', actually a painted backdrop. This is normal routine for studio sitcoms, however Mainwaring and the others all cast shadows on the backdrop, revealing it as a studio set.

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The Royal Train - S6-E3

Continuity mistake: At the end when they line up for The Royal Train to pass there are six platoon members amongst those present, Private Frazer is not one of them. However, after the train passes and they are shown wet in head shots, he is present. As the camera pans out, we are back to the original six.

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Broadcast to the Empire - S99-E1

Continuity mistake: When Mainwaring asks the engineer if he is through to the producer in London yet the squad are lined up from left to right - Fraser, Pike, Wilson, Mainwaring, Jones, Walker and Godfrey. Then the angle changes and the order is now Fraser, Jones, Pike, Mainwaring and Walker. Then another angle change and it's back to the first line up.

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Battle of the Giants - S99-E2

Continuity mistake: When Mainwaring and Square, driving the vans, are trying to push each others' van off the bridge, Hodges parks his motorbike at the end of the bridge behind the eastgate platoon's van. In all the following shots Hodges' motor bike has disappeared.

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Show generally

Other mistake: The Church Hall got through an impossibly large number of different pianos, especially considering the fact that there was a war on.

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Time on My Hands - S5-E13

Revealing mistake: When the knight moves back and forth during the clock mechanism's operation, as he swings his sword, a blue pullover sleeve is visible beneath his armour, revealing that he is an actor in costume and not an automaton.

Time on My Hands - S5-E13

Revealing mistake: The lights in the café are not working, despite the room being brightly-lit from above (i.e. the brightness cannot be attributed to sunlight entering through the window).

Branded - S3-E11

Visible crew/equipment: Towards the end of the episode where Godfrey goes back into the smoke filled hut to rescue Captain Mainwaring, the shadow of the camera is visible on the hut.

Neil Jones

The Making of Private Pike - S9-E2

Factual error: When Private Pike is on parade and keeps looking at his watch so he is not late for his date at the cinema, the watch is too modern for the period.

Battle of the Giants - S99-E2

Other mistake: Mainwaring hangs his new cap on a hook on the inside of his office door, the rest of the platoon are having bayonet practice in the hall. Pike is running with the bayonet but misses the dummy and his bayonet goes through the office door and Mainwaring's cap. The bayonet only goes through the cap once, but there are two tears in the cap.

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Show generally

Continuity mistake: (Colour episodes only) In the section of the closing credits that features the main cast members marching, the sky colour and positions of the shadows on the ground change depending on the actor being featured at the time (the sky is blue when Arthur Lowe, John Laurie and Ian Lavender are seen, but it is grey when John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, James Beck and Arnold Ridley feature). This is more obvious on episodes that have had colour restoration undertaken.

The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones - S3-E1

Visible crew/equipment: As Hodges is gathering a crowd together to witness the demonstration of how the van can be used as an ambulance, a boom mike can be seen briefly at the top of the screen.

Douglas Bell

Show generally

Visible crew/equipment: "Resisting the aggressor down the ages" (Christmas night with the stars special episode) Just after Jones bangs the gong at the wrong time and says "that was a mistake, I'm sorry" there is a boom mike shadow on Mainwaring's union jack waistcoat.

Battle School - S3-E2

Continuity mistake: The platoon's rifles have no fore sight at various times in this episode, at other times they are fitted. Most noticeable on the railway platform and the march to camp (missing), but when they arrive at the camp, all the fore sights are on. They are missing during the outdoor training scenes - and they are missing from the credits at the end of every episode when the platoon members are shown in close up (these shots were from this episode). (00:09:00)

Godfrey: Sir. I wouldn't want to roam the countryside ravishing maidens.

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Trivia: The only member of the cast to have actually served in the Home Guard was John Laurie. Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn and Arnold Ridley were in the regular army.

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The Royal Train - S6-E3

Question: A set of complicated events mean that Captain Mainwaring and some other members of the platoon have to drive a railway engine. After they leave the railway station it turns out that the railway engine has no brake wheel and cannot stop. The ARP warden, the mayor of Walmington, the vicar and verger take the brake wheel, jump on a handcar and chase after the engine. Catching up with the engine, they throw the brake wheel to Captain Mainwaring. The engine then reverses, so they must pedal the handcar even faster to avoid being run over. Could four men (all obviously in late middle age, and past peak fitness) pedal a handcar to outrun a railway engine at full steam? When the engine reverses, why do they pedal the handcar to stop being run over? Why don't they jump off the handcar, then pull the handcar off the track? (Also it takes the engine less than a minute to reverse. In reality, it would take several minutes to change a moving railway locomotive from forward to reverse).

Rob Halliday

Answer: The show is a comedy, this was played for comedic effect and to show that in times of extreme fear, in this case about to be crushed by a steam train, the men had an adrenaline surge strong enough to pedal fast enough.

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