Dad's Army

Dad's Army (1968)

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Continuity mistake: In War Dance (4-2) the verger Mr. Yateman's wife's Christian name is Anthea. In Everybody's Trucking (8-1) it is Beryl, and in Knights of Madness (10-3) she is called Tracy.

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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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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.

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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.

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

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Trivia: Clive Dunn was a prisoner of war during World War 2.

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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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