History Series / ItAintHalfHotMum

2nd Nov '16 1:48:59 PM mlsmithca
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* AcceptableTargets: Used and subverted in-universe when the Concert Party appears in a propaganda film for the US Army, but the men are horrified at the portrayal of both the British Army and the Japanese. When Graham asks a US officer if all Japanese people really have buck teeth and defective eyesight, he is told "They do for American audiences!" Eventually, [[spoiler:Sugden accidentally erases the film, and all breathe a sigh of relief.]]
1st Nov '16 12:35:41 AM mlsmithca
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* TheUnintelligible: Rumzan, at least to those who don't speak Urdu.

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* TheUnintelligible: Rumzan, at least to those who don't speak Urdu. He drops a few English words at the end of each sentence to convey the gist of what he has just said in Urdu.
30th Oct '16 12:27:55 AM mlsmithca
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** Sergeant Major Williams has several: "SHUT UP!", his stock reaction to attempts by the men to protest against his orders or outwit him; "Lovely Boy", his preferred nickname for Parkins (whom he looks on as a son, [[spoiler:even though he finds out Parkins' mother's husband is his father]]); "Oh dear. How sad. Never mind", his stock dismissal of excuses offered to get out of following his orders; and "Mr La-di-da Gunner Graham", his reaction to the university-educated Graham's eloquent attempts to reason with him.

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** Sergeant Major Williams has several: "SHUT UP!", his stock reaction to attempts by the men to protest against his orders or outwit him; "Lovely Boy", his preferred nickname for Parkins (whom a favoured way to address members of the Concert Party when he looks on as a son, [[spoiler:even though he finds out Parkins' mother's husband is his father]]); isn't barking orders at them; "Oh dear. How sad. Never mind", his stock dismissal of excuses offered to get out of following his orders; and "Mr La-di-da Gunner Graham", his reaction to the university-educated Graham's eloquent attempts to reason with him.



* DoubleEntendre: As with most Perry/Croft series, a fair amount of the humour revolves around innocent phrases with sexual connotations. For example, in "Meet the Gang", Ashwood is standing outside the battery office window dejectedly remarking that "it" shrivels up when exposed to the hot Indian sun, and invites a shocked Williams to take a look. A reverse angle shot finally reveals that he is referring to his unsuccessful attempts to cultivate a window box garden.



* HypocriticalHumor: Rangi deriding the Indian locals as "coolies" and "natives".

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* HypocriticalHumor: Rangi deriding derides the Indian locals as "coolies" and "natives"."natives" despite being Indian himself (as mentioned under BoomerangBigot, this was a real attitude among socially ambitious Indians during the later years of the British Raj).
29th Oct '16 8:45:21 PM mlsmithca
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* ABNegative: In the episode "It's a Wise Child", Rangi steals Williams and Parkins' medical records, and the Concert Party discover that Parkins has Type O blood while Williams has Type AB blood, meaning he cannot be Parkins' father. However, since this would remove Williams' reason to keep Parkins from being posted up the jungle, throwing the door open to the rest of them being likewise posted, they doctor Parkins' record to list his blood type as AB before Williams can see it.


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* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: Parkins' mother, Edith, was simultaneously involved with both Williams and the man she ended up marrying when Parkins was conceived, leading Williams to think he might be Parkins' father. Parkins is horrified by the idea (and even Williams isn't that thrilled as he witnesses Parkins' incompetence at everything he tries to do), and is relieved when a look at their medical records in "It's a Wise Child"[[note]] As in, "It's a wise child who knows his own father."[[/note]] reveals that his father probably is his mother's husband after all.


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* ShotgunWedding: Parkins' parents are implied to have had one of these, as he was born barely nine months after they were married.
29th Oct '16 8:10:18 PM mlsmithca
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* FrozenInTime: The series lasted seven years, one more than the real UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.

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* FrozenInTime: The series lasted seven years, one more than the real UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII - and the events cover just over four months in 1945 (May to September 1945; V-E Day is announced in Series 1, while V-J Day occurs in Series 8).


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* WelcomeEpisode: "Meet the Gang", the first episode of the first series, includes the addition to the Concert Party of the newly-arrived Gunner Parkins, who is the latest of many soldiers to be billeted at the camp for a few days before being posted up the jungle.
10th Aug '16 3:14:31 AM Hereward
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* NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou: In one episode the Concert Party find themselves [[OhCrap behind enemy lines]] and are given a mission to blow up a bridge to cut-off the Japanese retreat, which is then cancelled at the last minute after Lofty's sent to set the charge in place. After trying [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption three times to let him know]] they see the raft coming back and explode, causing them to mourn Lofty with [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Williams offering a eulogy]] just as Lofty comes back from where he got out of the river. When [[DrillSergeantNasty Williams]] finally sees him he's positively raging.
25th Apr '16 1:47:17 PM JustTroper
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* ProverbialWisdom: Parodied with the native bearer Rangi Ram, who would often close an episode with "There is an old Hindu proverb, which say..."
19th Dec '15 8:34:23 AM Morgenthaler
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The performers included Jewish Bombardier[[note]] Equivalent to a corporal.[[/note]] "Solly" Solomons (George Layton), the resident leading man; effeminate Gunner/Bombardier "Gloria" Beaumont (Melvyn Hayes), the resident leading lady; comically short and fat Gunner Harold "Lofty" Sugden (Don Estelle), who possessed a remarkable singing voice; inept but eager ventriloquist Gunner Nigel "Parky" Parkins (Christopher Mitchell), whom Williams suspects might be his son as he had a romantic affair with Parkins' mother years earlier; upper-class, university-educated pianist Gunner Jonathan "Paderewski" Graham (John Clegg); tough Scottish strongman Gunner "Atlas" Mackintosh (Stuart [=McGugan=]); bird caller and later GeorgeFormby impersonator Gunner "Nobby" Clark (Kenneth [=MacDonald=]); and the perpetually eating paper tearer Gunner "Nosher" Evans (Mike Kinsey).

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The performers included Jewish Bombardier[[note]] Equivalent to a corporal.[[/note]] "Solly" Solomons (George Layton), the resident leading man; effeminate Gunner/Bombardier "Gloria" Beaumont (Melvyn Hayes), the resident leading lady; comically short and fat Gunner Harold "Lofty" Sugden (Don Estelle), who possessed a remarkable singing voice; inept but eager ventriloquist Gunner Nigel "Parky" Parkins (Christopher Mitchell), whom Williams suspects might be his son as he had a romantic affair with Parkins' mother years earlier; upper-class, university-educated pianist Gunner Jonathan "Paderewski" Graham (John Clegg); tough Scottish strongman Gunner "Atlas" Mackintosh (Stuart [=McGugan=]); bird caller and later GeorgeFormby Music/GeorgeFormby impersonator Gunner "Nobby" Clark (Kenneth [=MacDonald=]); and the perpetually eating paper tearer Gunner "Nosher" Evans (Mike Kinsey).
19th Nov '15 1:22:00 PM fruitstripegum
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* TitleDrop: In the first episode, when Parkins writes to his mother, and the last episode, when Mohammed writes to Beaumont.
20th Aug '15 3:43:11 AM DaveyDoodlebug
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''With music and laughter to send you on your way,''\\

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''With music and laughter to send help you on your way,''\\



''With songs and sketches and comedy too,''\\
''So come with us and you won't feel blue!''\\

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''With songs and sketches and comedy too,''\\
''So come with us
jokes old and new,''\\
''With us about,
you won't feel blue!''\\
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