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The Walmington-On-Sea platoon of the Home Guard is commanded by pompous bank manager Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe). He's assisted by his chief clerk, Sergeant Wilson (John Le Mesurier).

Lance Corporal Jones (Clive Dunn) is an old soldier, renowned for his frequent cries of "Don't Panic!" and "They don't like it up 'em!".

Private Frazer (John Laurie) is a miserable old Scotsman whose favourite saying is "We're doomed!".

Private Godfrey (Arnold Ridley) spends much of his time asking if he can "be excused".

Private Pike (Ian Lavender) is a bit of a "mummy's boy". His mother (Janet Davies) is Sergeant Wilson's long-time girlfriend.

Private Walker (James Beck) is a "spiv" - there are few things that he can't get his hands on, provided the price is right.

This motley band of men provide Walmington-on-Sea's last line of defence against the Nazi hordes.

For many years, it was thought that most of the episodes from series 2 were "wiped" early in the 1970s. The only surviving episode was thought to be "Sergeant Wilson's Little Secret". However, copies of the first two episodes of this series were finally found after decades of searching. The rediscovered episodes are "Operation Kilt" and "The Battle Of Godfrey's Cottage". All three episodes are included on the DVD release for Series 1.

Series: 9
Episodes: 80
Transmitted: 1968-1977
Channel: BBC1

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