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* EditedForSyndication: Later screenings of season five's "Keep Young and Beautiful" have heavily re-edited the scene where Pike, Walker and Godfrey try to pick a volunteer to go into the office to have a look at Captain Mainwaring's new wig, and Pike recites a version of "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe" which includes the racial slur "nigger" in the second line, with Walker getting the 'moe'; Walker then continues the rhyme, "O-U-T spells out, you must go", so Pike ends up being 'it' instead. In the revised version, only the rhyme's opening line is spoken by Pike before he points to Walker and says "It's you, go on." The scene appears intact on the DVD release.

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* CharacterOutlivesActor: When James Beck was taken into hospital, Walker got a WrittenInAbsence, leaving a note in his place on patrol to explain that he has gone to conduct "business" in London. Beck later died and Walker was never heard of again - at least on television, When the show was remade for radio other actors continued the role after Beck's death, and when the show got a radio sequel years after the end of its run, Walker was mentioned as alive and having returned to Walmington-on-Sea. He's also seen in the scene set in 1968 featuring several of the characters that opens the very first episode.


* BannedEpisode: "Absent Friends" wasn't repeated until 1992 due to the plot involving the platoon tracking down a suspected [=IRA=] member.
* {{Blooper}}: The actors frequently stumble over their lines.

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* BannedEpisode: "Absent Friends" wasn't repeated until 1992 due to the plot involving the platoon tracking down a suspected [=IRA=] IRA member.
* {{Blooper}}: The actors actors, especially Arthur Lowe (who refused to take the scripts home with him to memorise), frequently stumble over their lines.



* CreatorsPest: David Croft wrote that Private Cheeseman was "irritating without being funny", and as an exotic Celt, he was too similar to Private Frazer. Creator/JohnLaurie also disliked the character, and requested that he not return for the next season.

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* CreatorsPest: David Croft wrote that Private Cheeseman was "irritating without being funny", and as an exotic Celt, he was too similar to Private Frazer. Creator/JohnLaurie also disliked the character, character (in contrast to Croft, he was concerned that Cheeseman was getting ''too many'' laughs), and requested that he not return for the next season.


** Creator/JonPertwee was offered the role of Captain Mainwaring, but he turned it down, as he was in the middle of a theatrical tour.
** Creator/DavidJason was considered for Corporal Jones, as he had a knack for playing older characters.
** An [[TransAtlanticEquivalent American remake]] was piloted in 1976 for Creator/{{ABC}} called ''The Rear Guard'', adapting "The Deadly Attachment. It never made it to series; you can see a clip [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q1ToUWu3Cc here.]]

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** Creator/JonPertwee was offered the The role of Captain Mainwaring, Mainwaring was originally offered to Thorley Walters, but he declined as he didn't like performing in front of live audiences. Leonard Rossiter was also considered, as was Creator/JonPertwee, who turned it down, down as he was in the middle of a theatrical tour.
tour.[[note]] Had he taken the role, he would likely not have been cast as the Third Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho''.[[/note]]
** Jack Haig was offered the role of Corporal Jones, but he turned it down after being led to believe it would flop. (Croft later cast him as M. Leclerc in the first five series of ''Series/AlloAllo''.) Creator/DavidJason was considered for Corporal Jones, also considered, as he had a knack for playing older characters.
** "Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mister Hitler" was originally intended for Bud Flanagan and his former performing partner, Chesney Allen, but Allen was too ill to participate in the recording, so Flanagan recorded it solo. Ironically, Flanagan died just after the first series aired in 1968, while Allen lived another fourteen years.
** An [[TransAtlanticEquivalent American remake]] was piloted in 1976 for Creator/{{ABC}} called ''The Rear Guard'', adapting "The Deadly Attachment.Attachment". It never made it to series; you can see a clip [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q1ToUWu3Cc here.]]


-->Iíve played every part in Shakespeare, I was considered to be the finest Theatre/{{Hamlet}} of the twenties and I had retired, and now Iím famous for doing this crap.
** According to some sources such as Bill Pertwee however, he did actually like the show. His flip floping inspired Fraiser habit of lambasting Maninwaring's latest scheme, only to say 'he never doubted him for a moment' when it succeeded.

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-->Iíve --->Iíve played every part in Shakespeare, I was considered to be the finest Theatre/{{Hamlet}} of the twenties and I had retired, and now Iím famous for doing this crap.
** According to some sources such as Bill Pertwee however, he did actually like the show. His flip floping flopping inspired Fraiser Frazer's habit of lambasting Maninwaring's latest scheme, only to say 'he never doubted him for a moment' when it succeeded.



* DevelopmentHell: BBC executives were ''not'' confident that the public would react well to a comedy about UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and constantly tried to squash the project. Jimmy Perry and David Croft had to fight tooth and nail to even get a pilot approved and had trouble casting the role of Mainwaring -- their early choices refused to participate because of issues like the subject matter and the low salary[[note]](Arthur Lowe was furious to learn he was getting paid less than his co-stars[[/note]]). After the pilot was completed, the executives constantly asked for changes (see below), with Perry and Croft having to walk a very fine line in order to make sure that the show would be transmitted in a reasonable time slot. To add to their woes, the pilot was allegedly nearly killed off by an early version's demographics testing saying that the sample audience didn't like the concept.

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* DevelopmentHell: BBC executives were ''not'' confident that the public would react well to a comedy about UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and constantly tried to squash the project. Jimmy Perry and David Croft had to fight tooth and nail to even get a pilot approved and had trouble casting the role of Mainwaring -- their early choices refused to participate because of issues like the subject matter and the low salary[[note]](Arthur salary[[note]]Arthur Lowe was furious to learn he was getting paid less than his co-stars[[/note]]). co-stars.[[/note]]. After the pilot was completed, the executives constantly asked for changes (see below), changes, with Perry and Croft having to walk a very fine line in order to make sure that the show would be transmitted in a reasonable time slot. To add to their woes, the pilot was allegedly nearly killed off by an early version's demographics testing saying that the sample audience didn't like the concept.



** averted HARD, in that Godfrey was subsequently decorated for bravery as a stretcher bearer in action.



* MoneyDearBoy: Part of Arthur Ridley's motivation was because a series regular role would give him and his wife financial security after he lost his fortune financing a series of unsuccessful productions.

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* MoneyDearBoy: Part of Arthur Arnold Ridley's motivation for taking the role of Godfrey was because a series regular role would give him and his wife financial security after he lost his fortune financing a series of unsuccessful productions.



** Captain Mainwairing often stumbles and stutters while he's speaking, which enhances the characterization that he has no idea what he's talking about when it comes to military matters. This was due to Arthur Lowe refusing to take the script home and learn his lines [which David Croft put down to Lowe previously having a photographic memory-which meant he didn't need to read the script at home-but this had declined with age he didn't change his habits], so he was stuttering because he was trying to remember what he had to say without flubbing the take.

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** Captain Mainwairing often stumbles and stutters while he's speaking, which enhances the characterization that he has no idea what he's talking about when it comes to military matters. This was due to Arthur Lowe refusing to take the script home and learn his lines [which David Croft put down to Lowe previously having a photographic memory-which memory - which meant he didn't need to read the script at home-but home - but this had declined with age he didn't change his habits], so he was stuttering because he was trying to remember what he had to say without flubbing the take.



** The original pilot episode, set in 1948, involved Mainwaring deciding to renovate a decrepit seaside pier in the fictional town of Frambourne-on-Sea, only to find when applying for a bank loan that the manager of the local branch is none other than Wilson. Following Arthur Lowe's death, it was retooled [the original pilot was aired many years later on Radio 4 Extra]:
** In the broadcast series, [Still 1948] Hodges approaches Pike, now 22 years old, with a proposal to renovate the near derelict pier, costing £5,000, at Frambourne. In order to finance this plan Pike has to approach Wilson for a loan. Wilson is blackmailed by Pike (who is no longer the young innocent of the series) over past indiscretions with a woman named Smith and Wilson suspects the only reason Hodges approached Pike was to get to the bank's money through him. Nevertheless, Pike and Wilson put aside their wartime quarrel with Hodges - more or less - and the renovation begins.

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** The original pilot episode, set in 1948, involved Mainwaring deciding to renovate a decrepit seaside pier in the fictional town of Frambourne-on-Sea, only to find when applying for a bank loan that the manager of the local branch is none other than Wilson. Following Arthur Lowe's death, it was retooled [the (the original pilot was aired many years later on Radio 4 Extra]:
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** In the broadcast series, [Still 1948] still set in 1948, Hodges approaches Pike, now 22 years old, with a proposal to renovate the near derelict pier, costing £5,000, at Frambourne. In order to finance this plan Pike has to approach Wilson for a loan. Wilson is blackmailed by Pike (who is no longer the young innocent of the series) over past indiscretions with a woman named Smith and Wilson suspects the only reason Hodges approached Pike was to get to the bank's money through him. Nevertheless, Pike and Wilson put aside their wartime quarrel with Hodges - more or less - and the renovation begins. Following John Le Mesurier's death, it was retooled ''again'' for TV with original characters as ''High & Dry'', which ran for a single seven-episode series on Creator/{{ITV}} in 1987.



* WagTheDirector: Captain Mainwaring was originally going to have a grenade dropped down his trousers in "The Deadly Attachment", but Arthur Lowe had a clause in his contract that he would not be filmed without his trousers on, so it went to Jones. Ironically, the finished episode never actually showed Jones without his trousers; only opened enough to get the grenade in at the start and then just enough for Fraser to fit his hand down to find it at the end. He looks fully-clothed the whole way through.

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* WagTheDirector: WagTheDirector:
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Captain Mainwaring was originally going to have a grenade dropped down his trousers in "The Deadly Attachment", but Arthur Lowe had a clause in his contract that he would not be filmed without his trousers on, so it went to Jones. Ironically, the finished episode never actually showed Jones without his trousers; only opened enough to get the grenade in at the start and then just enough for Fraser Frazer to fit his hand down to find it at the end. He looks fully-clothed the whole way through.


* BeamMeUpScotty: It's "Don't tell him, Pike!", not "Don't tell him your name, Pike!"



* DevelopmentHell: BBC executives were ''not'' confident that the public would react well to a comedy about UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and constantly tried to squash the project. Jimmy Perry and David Croft had to fight tooth and nail to even get a pilot approved and had trouble casting the role of Mainwaring -- their early choices refused to participate because of issues like the subject matter and the low salary[[note]](Arthur Lowe was furious to learn he was getting paid less than his co-stars[[/note]]). After the pilot was completed, the executives constantly asked for changes (see below), with Perry and Croft having to walk a very fine line in order to make sure that the show would be transmitted in a reasonable time slot. To add to their woes, the pilot was nearly killed off by an early version's demographics testing saying that the sample audience didn't like the concept.

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* DevelopmentHell: BBC executives were ''not'' confident that the public would react well to a comedy about UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and constantly tried to squash the project. Jimmy Perry and David Croft had to fight tooth and nail to even get a pilot approved and had trouble casting the role of Mainwaring -- their early choices refused to participate because of issues like the subject matter and the low salary[[note]](Arthur Lowe was furious to learn he was getting paid less than his co-stars[[/note]]). After the pilot was completed, the executives constantly asked for changes (see below), with Perry and Croft having to walk a very fine line in order to make sure that the show would be transmitted in a reasonable time slot. To add to their woes, the pilot was allegedly nearly killed off by an early version's demographics testing saying that the sample audience didn't like the concept.



** The opening titles were originally going to show real footage of soldiers in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but BBC executives objected to this, fearing it was insensitive and could be seen as mockery of those who served in the war. So they were changed to the now iconic animation of a British flag advancing and retreating across Europe.



** In another positive example, the opening titles were originally going to show real footage of soldiers in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but BBC executives objected to this, fearing it was insensitive and could be seen as mockery of those who served in the war. So they were changed to the now iconic animation of a British flag advancing and retreating across Europe.



** Captain Mainwairing often stumbles and stutters while he's speaking, which enhances the characterization that he has no idea what he's talking about when it comes to military matters. This was due to Arthur Lowe considering the scripts to be rubbish and refusing to take them home and learn his lines, so he was stuttering because he was trying to remember what he had to say without flubbing the take.

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** Captain Mainwairing often stumbles and stutters while he's speaking, which enhances the characterization that he has no idea what he's talking about when it comes to military matters. This was due to Arthur Lowe considering the scripts to be rubbish and refusing to take them the script home and learn his lines, lines [which David Croft put down to Lowe previously having a photographic memory-which meant he didn't need to read the script at home-but this had declined with age he didn't change his habits], so he was stuttering because he was trying to remember what he had to say without flubbing the take.


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** Mainwaring is noticably absent in the sequence in the 1971 film where the Platoon are walking in longjohns because of this as this inspired the 'never film without trousers' clause in his contract!


* SequelInAnotherMedium: The 1981 BBC Radio series ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Sticks_Out_Half_a_Mile It Sticks Out Half a Mile]]'' by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles (who had adapted some of the television episodes for radio), told what happened to some of the characters after the war. The original pilot episode, set in 1948, involved Mainwaring deciding to renovate a decrepit seaside pier in the fictional town of Frambourne-on-Sea, only to find when applying for a bank loan that the manager of the local branch is none other than Wilson. This wasn't used and following Arthur Lowe's death, it was retooled:
** Still 1948, Hodges approaches Pike, now 22 years old, with a proposal to renovate the near derelict pier, costing £5,000, at Frambourne. In order to finance this plan Pike has to approach Wilson for a loan. Wilson is blackmailed by Pike (who is no longer the young innocent of the series) over past indiscretions with a woman named Smith and Wilson suspects the only reason Hodges approached Pike was to get to the bank's money through him. Nevertheless, Pike and Wilson put aside their wartime quarrel with Hodges - more or less - and the renovation begins.

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* SequelInAnotherMedium: The 1981 BBC Radio series ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Sticks_Out_Half_a_Mile It Sticks Out Half a Mile]]'' by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles (who had adapted some of the television episodes for radio), told what happened to some of the characters after the war.
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The original pilot episode, set in 1948, involved Mainwaring deciding to renovate a decrepit seaside pier in the fictional town of Frambourne-on-Sea, only to find when applying for a bank loan that the manager of the local branch is none other than Wilson. This wasn't used and following Following Arthur Lowe's death, it was retooled:
retooled [the original pilot was aired many years later on Radio 4 Extra]:
** Still 1948, In the broadcast series, [Still 1948] Hodges approaches Pike, now 22 years old, with a proposal to renovate the near derelict pier, costing £5,000, at Frambourne. In order to finance this plan Pike has to approach Wilson for a loan. Wilson is blackmailed by Pike (who is no longer the young innocent of the series) over past indiscretions with a woman named Smith and Wilson suspects the only reason Hodges approached Pike was to get to the bank's money through him. Nevertheless, Pike and Wilson put aside their wartime quarrel with Hodges - more or less - and the renovation begins.


* TheOtherDarrin: Mrs Pike was recast for TheMovie because the studio felt the original actress wasn't high-profile enough. During the live stage show, several parts were recast while the TV actors had other commitments.

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* TheOtherDarrin: Mrs Pike was recast for TheMovie because the studio felt the original actress wasn't high-profile enough. During the live stage show, several parts were recast while the TV actors had other commitments. Several parts [including Mrs Pike again] were recast for Radio due to availability and money factors.



** Pike's occasional girlfriend Ivy was played by Ian Lavender's wife in one of her appearances, the episode "My British Buddy".

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** Pike's occasional girlfriend Ivy was played by Ian Lavender's then wife in one of her appearances, the episode "My British Buddy".


** According to some sources such as Bill Pertwee however, his {{Opinion Flip Flop}}ped in much the same way his character did once the show started to become a success.

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** According to some sources such as Bill Pertwee however, his {{Opinion Flip Flop}}ped in much he did actually like the same way his character did once the show started show. His flip floping inspired Fraiser habit of lambasting Maninwaring's latest scheme, only to become say 'he never doubted him for a success.moment' when it succeeded.


** The writers cleverly crafted various characters to be like the actors who portrayed them, giving them their own (exaggerated) character traits. Hence Mainwaring had Arthur Lowe's pomposity and Wilson had John Le Mesurier's carefree and absent minded personality. Clive Dunn was known as a waffler, which led to Jones' long winded and rambling monologues. Frazer received John Laurie's sharp tongue and dour manner: when they were making the first series he bluntly told Jimmy Perry that the show was "a lot of rubbish" and "doomed". Frazer's rivalry with Godfrey reflected the real life enmity between the actors.

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** The writers cleverly crafted various characters to be like the actors who portrayed them, giving them their own (exaggerated) character traits. Hence Mainwaring had Arthur Lowe's pomposity and Wilson had John Le Mesurier's carefree and absent minded personality. Clive Dunn was known as a waffler, which led to Jones' long winded and rambling monologues. Frazer received John Laurie's sharp tongue and dour manner: when they were making the first series he bluntly told Jimmy Perry that the show was "a lot of rubbish" and "doomed". Frazer's rivalry with Godfrey reflected the real life enmity between the actors. Frazer's tendency to change his opinions to fit the prevailing winds was apparently also inspired by Laurie, as several of his colleagues noted that his views on the show's quality tended to change the more successful it became.

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** averted HARD, in that Godfrey was subsequently decorated for bravery as a stretcher bearer in action.


** The opening titles were originally going to show real footage of soldiers in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but BBC executives objected to this, fearing it was TooSoon and could be seen as mockery of those who served in the war. So they were changed to the now iconic animation of a British flag advancing and retreating across Europe.

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** The opening titles were originally going to show real footage of soldiers in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but BBC executives objected to this, fearing it was TooSoon insensitive and could be seen as mockery of those who served in the war. So they were changed to the now iconic animation of a British flag advancing and retreating across Europe.

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* SequelInAnotherMedium: The 1981 BBC Radio series ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Sticks_Out_Half_a_Mile It Sticks Out Half a Mile]]'' by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles (who had adapted some of the television episodes for radio), told what happened to some of the characters after the war. The original pilot episode, set in 1948, involved Mainwaring deciding to renovate a decrepit seaside pier in the fictional town of Frambourne-on-Sea, only to find when applying for a bank loan that the manager of the local branch is none other than Wilson. This wasn't used and following Arthur Lowe's death, it was retooled:
** Still 1948, Hodges approaches Pike, now 22 years old, with a proposal to renovate the near derelict pier, costing £5,000, at Frambourne. In order to finance this plan Pike has to approach Wilson for a loan. Wilson is blackmailed by Pike (who is no longer the young innocent of the series) over past indiscretions with a woman named Smith and Wilson suspects the only reason Hodges approached Pike was to get to the bank's money through him. Nevertheless, Pike and Wilson put aside their wartime quarrel with Hodges - more or less - and the renovation begins.


* ActorSharedBackground: Most of the cast were military veterans, some of both World Wars. John Laurie and Arnold Ridley were particularly affected by their experiences; Ridley suffered from blackouts and nightmares for most of his life.

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* ActorSharedBackground: Most of the cast were military veterans, some of both World Wars. John Laurie Creator/JohnLaurie and Arnold Ridley were particularly affected by their experiences; Ridley suffered from blackouts and nightmares for most of his life.



** John Laurie was quite vocal about his dislike for the series and feeling like a ClassicallyTrainedExtra:[[note]][[MoneyDearBoy He never returned the pay cheques though.]][[/note]]

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** John Laurie Creator/JohnLaurie was quite vocal about his dislike for the series and feeling like a ClassicallyTrainedExtra:[[note]][[MoneyDearBoy He never returned the pay cheques though.]][[/note]]



* CreatorsPest: David Croft wrote that Private Cheeseman was "irritating without being funny", and as an exotic Celt, he was too similar to Private Frazer. John Laurie also disliked the character, and requested that he not return for the next season.

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* CreatorsPest: David Croft wrote that Private Cheeseman was "irritating without being funny", and as an exotic Celt, he was too similar to Private Frazer. John Laurie Creator/JohnLaurie also disliked the character, and requested that he not return for the next season.



** John Laurie disliked Arnold Ridley, often needling him about his advanced age and frailty -- although Laurie was in fact only a year younger than Ridley.

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** John Laurie Creator/JohnLaurie disliked Arnold Ridley, often needling him about his advanced age and frailty -- although Laurie was in fact only a year younger than Ridley.



* TelevisionGeography: Walmington-on-Sea is clearly meant to be somewhere on the south coast of England. The outdoor filming was all done -- inland -- around Thetford in Norfolk in the east of the country, however. It is never specified quite where the fictional town is, and the clues given are contradictory. There are frequent references to Eastbourne, which is also on the same train line ("My Brother and I)", as well as to Hastings; these point to a location in East Sussex, with some suggesting that it could be based on Bexhill-on-Sea, although Bexhill has no pier. On the other hand, the platoon's cap badges clearly show the county symbol of Kent. Deal, in Kent, has been suggested since it has a pier and is next to Walmer: possibly the inspiration for the name "Walmington". Another suggestion is the town of Wilmington in Kent. Birchington-on-Sea on the North Kent coast is another credible inspiration, especially since its neighbouring town is Westgate, a name very reminiscent of the Walmington platoon's rivals in Eastgate.


* RealitySubtext: Captain Mainwairing often stumbles and stutters while he's speaking, which enhances the characterization that he has no idea what he's talking about when it comes to military matters. This was due to Arthur Lowe considering the scripts to be rubbish and refusing to take them home and learn his lines, so he was stuttering because he was trying to remember what he had to say without flubbing the take.

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Captain Mainwairing often stumbles and stutters while he's speaking, which enhances the characterization that he has no idea what he's talking about when it comes to military matters. This was due to Arthur Lowe considering the scripts to be rubbish and refusing to take them home and learn his lines, so he was stuttering because he was trying to remember what he had to say without flubbing the take.take.
** As the platoon medic, Godfrey carries an aid bag rather than a heavy rifle. He also wears regular shoes instead of boots and puttees. This was all because Arnold Ridley was very frail and the production was trying to make shooting as comfortable as possible.

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