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"You Stupid Boy" (Captain Mannering - Dads Army) by Colin J Williams Photography

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Dad’s Army is a British sitcom about the Home Guard in the Second World War. It was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft and broadcast on BBC television between 1968 and 1977. The series ran for 9 series and 80 episodes in total, plus a radio series, a feature film and a stage show. The series regularly gained audiences of 18 million viewers and is still repeated today on BBC Two.

The Home Guard consisted of local volunteers otherwise ineligible for military service, usually owing to age, and as such the series starred several veterans of British film, television and stage, including Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Arnold Ridley and John Laurie. Relative youngsters in the regular cast were Ian Lavender, Clive Dunn (who was made-up to play the elderly Jones), Frank Williams, James Beck, (who died suddenly during production of the programme’s sixth series, despite being one of the youngest cast members) and Colin Bean.

Captain George Mainwaring (Mannering)

Mainwaring (pronounced /ˈmænərɪŋ/ (MAN-ər-ing)) was played by Arthur Lowe. He was the pompous – if essentially brave and unerringly patriotic – local bank manager. In the series pilot Mainwaring appointed himself leader of his town’s contingent of Local Defence Volunteers. Of the platoon, he and Joe Walker were the only adult members with no prior combat experience, and, therefore, had no medals – a fact which sometimes caused tension with the other members of the Home Guard. He did, however, serve in France, “during the whole of 1919—somebody had to clear up the mess.” Although an ensemble piece, the series focused particularly upon Mainwaring, who has invested all his efforts into the platoon as a way of escaping from an unhappy marriage to Elizabeth, daughter of a Bishop, and a stalled career at the bank.

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  • Tony Dewey
    Tony Deweyover 5 years ago

    Have to chuckle at this one. Good shot.

  • Thanks !!

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 5 years ago

    Now that guy looks like are real character!!!

  • Yes, very Close !!

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  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalover 5 years ago

    Classic!

  • Thanks !

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  • Jadon
    Jadonover 5 years ago

    LOL, excellent mate.

  • Cheers Jason !

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  • Nick Hunt
    Nick Huntover 5 years ago

    memories.. thanks! Well done.

  • Thanks Nick !!

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  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 5 years ago

    This brings back memories – excellent!!!

  • Thank you Kate !

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  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98over 5 years ago

    I’ve got every episode on tape and we STILL laugh at them despite viewing them countless times. Also have every episode of ’Allo ’Allo and Are You Being Served. Wonderful stuff and if only present day so called comedy could be as good! Peter

  • I agree Peter, a timeless classic !

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  • BCImages
    BCImagesover 5 years ago

    great work colin love it

  • Thank you !

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  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 5 years ago

    Excellent Colin – a great ‘double’.

  • Thanks Bob !

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  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 5 years ago

    A good double here Colin.

  • Thanks Richard !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

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