Dad’s Army: The Very Best Of Dad’s Army – Volume

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Five fine episodes of the evergreen Home Guard sitcom here. Dad’s Army endures because it combines a healthy dollop of self-mockery with a sense of pride in Britain’s lonely defiance against H

Five fine episodes of the evergreen Home Guard sitcom here. Dad’s Army endures because it combines a healthy dollop of self-mockery with a sense of pride in Britain’s lonely defiance against Hitler’s might in 1940, encapsulated in the pompous and incompetent yet courageous Captain Mainwaring. Arthur Lowe is sublime in this role. Though he generally acts as a foil to his flippant platoon of funny stereotypes (Walker, Frazier, Godfrey, etc. ), his subtle double-takes and apoplectic facial expressions of exasperation are endlessly hilarious. Corporal Jones’ doddery recklessness can generally be relied upon to culminate in a finale involving trousers, cries of “Don’t panic!” and chases across country but the masterstroke of this series was the casting against type of John Le Mesurier as the vague, aristocratic Sergeant and Lowe as his military but not social superior. These episodes include “The Day The Balloon Went Up” (a typically frantic caper involving a stray barrage balloon), “The Two And A Half Feathers” (including a wonderful Jonesy flashback to his days in the Sudan) and “The Deadly Attachment”, in which Pike cheeks the captain of a captive U-Boat crew, who demands his name to add to his “list” of insolent Englanders. “Don’t tell him, Pike!” urges Mainwaring. —David Stubbs

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