Dad's Army - 67 Shows Old Time Radio In MP3 Format OTR 1 CD

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This collection of "Dad's Army" shows features 67 shows on 1 compact discs. Each episode is presented in the .mp3 format. There are over 33 hours of entertaining, Dad's Army programs.

The CD is labeled and provided in a highly protective jewel case. A list of the programs on the disc as well as the date the program originally aired (if known) is also provided.



A note concerning sound quality. The sound quality for the shows in this collection is very good to good. It is difficult to find perfect recordings from the golden age of radio due to the equipment used for recording and the fact that many of the recordings were made 60, 70 or even 80 years ago.


Originally intended to be called "The Fighting Tigers", Dad's Army was based partly on Jimmy Perry's experiences in the Local Defence Volunteers (later known as the Home Guard), the film Whisky Galore!, and on the work of comedians such as Will Hay and Robb Wilton. Perry wrote the first script and gave it to David Croft while working as a minor actor in the Croft-produced sitcom Hugh and I, originally intending the role of the spiv, Walker, to be his own. Croft was impressed and sent the script to Michael Mills, head of comedy at the BBC. After addressing initial concerns that the program was making fun of the efforts of the Home Guard, the series was commissioned.

The show was set in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, on the South Coast of England. Thus, the Home Guard were in the front line in the eventuality of an invasion by the enemy forces across the English Channel, which formed a backdrop to the series. The first series had a loose narrative thread, with Captain Mainwaring's platoon being formed and equipped - initially with wooden guns and LDV armbands, and later on full army uniforms (the platoon were part of the The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment).

Since the comedy was in many ways dependent for its effectiveness on the platoon's failure to participate actively in World War II, opposition to their activities had to come from another quarter, and this generally showed itself in the form of Air Raid Patrol Warden Hodges, although sometimes the Verger or Captain Square and the Eastgate platoon. However the group did have some encounters related to the war such as downed German planes, a U-boat crew, parachutes that may have been German, and German mines.

The humour ranged from the subtle (especially in the relationship between Mainwaring and his sergeant, Wilson, who also happened to be his deputy at the bank) to the slapstick (the antics of the elderly Jones being a prime example). Jones had several catchphrases, including Don't panic!, They don't like it up 'em, Permission to speak, sir, and talk about the Fuzzy-Wuzzies. Mainwaring said Stupid boy, in reference to Pike, in many episodes. The first series occasionally included darker humor, reflecting the fact that, especially early in the war, members of the Home Guard were woefully under-equipped and yet still prepared to have a crack at the German army. A poignant moment to this theme occurs in 'The Battle Of Godfrey's Cottage' episode, during which the platoon believes an invasion to be taking place. Mainwaring and a few volunteers decide to stay in the village to hold off any German advance so information can be relayed back by the rest of the platoon; "Of course, that will be the end of us." says Mainwaring, "We know sir." replies Frazer, before getting on with the task in hand.

Originally made for television, Dad's Army was adapted to radio in 1974. Many of the TV episodes were remade for BBC Radio 4. These radio versions were adapted by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles and also starred John Snagge as a newsreader who would set the scene for each episode. Different actors were used for some of the minor parts; Mollie Sugden played the roles of Mrs. Pike and Mrs. Fox for example. The pilot episode was actually based on the revised version of events seen in the opening of the film version rather than the TV pilot.

Episode Listing for the "Dad's Army" programs included in this collection:

Dad's Army - 740128 - The Man and the Hour
Dad's Army - 740204 - The Museum Piece
Dad's Army - 740211 - Command Decision
Dad's Army - 740218 - The Enemy Within The Gates
Dad's Army - 740225 - The Battle of Godfreys Cottage
Dad's Army - 740304 - The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones
Dad's Army - 740311 - Sgt Wilson's Little Secret
Dad's Army - 740318 - A Stripe For Frazer
Dad's Army - 740325 - Operation Kilt
Dad's Army - 740401 - Battle School
Dad's Army - 740408 - Under Fire
Dad's Army - 740415 - Something Nasty In The Vault
Dad's Army - 740422 - The Showing up of Corporal Jones
Dad's Army - 740429 - The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Walker
Dad's Army - 740506 - Sorry Wrong Number
Dad's Army - 740513 - This Bullet Is Not For Firing
Dad's Army - 740520 - Room At The Bottom
Dad's Army - 740527 - Menace From the Deep
Dad's Army - 740603 - No Spring For Fraser
Dad's Army - 740613 - Sons Of The Sea
Dad's Army - 740620 - Present Arms
Dad's Army - 741224 - Present Arms
Dad's Army - 750211 - Don't Forget The Diver
Dad's Army - 750218 - If the Cap Fits
Dad's Army - 750225 - Put That Light Out
Dad's Army - 750304 - Boots, Boots, Boots
Dad's Army - 750311 - Sergant, Save My Boy
Dad's Army - 750318 - Branded
Dad's Army - 750325 - Uninvited Guests
Dad's Army - 750401 - A Brush With The Law
Dad's Army - 750408 - A Soldiers Farewell
Dad's Army - 750415 - Brains Versus Brawn
Dad's Army - 750422 - War Dance
Dad's Army - 750429 - Mum's Army
Dad's Army - 750506 - Getting The Bird
Dad's Army - 750513 - Don't Fence Me In
Dad's Army - 750520 - The King Was in His Counting House
Dad's Army - 750527 - When Did You Last See Your Money
Dad's Army - 750603 - Fallen Idol
Dad's Army - 750610 - A Wilson Manager
Dad's Army - 750617 - All Is Safely Gathered In
Dad's Army - 750624 - The Day The Balloon Went Up
Dad's Army - 760316 - A Man of Action
Dad's Army - 760323 - The Honourable Man
Dad's Army - 760330 - The Godiva Affair
Dad's Army - 760406 - Keep Young And Beautiful
Dad's Army - 760413 - Absent Friends
Dad's Army - 760420 - Round and Round Went the Big Wheels
Dad's Army - 760427 - The Great White Hunter
Dad's Army - 760504 - The Deadly Attachment
Dad's Army - 760511 - Things That Go Bump in the Night
Dad's Army - 760518 - My British Buddy
Dad's Army - 760525 - Big Guns
Dad's Army - 760601 - The Big Parade
Dad's Army - 760608 - Asleep in the Deep
Dad's Army - 760615 - We Know Our Onions
Dad's Army - 760622 - The Royal Train
Dad's Army - 760629 - A Question of Reference
Dad's Army - 760706 - High Finances
Dad's Army - 760713 - The Recruit
Dad's Army - 760720 - A Jumbo Sized Problem
Dad's Army - 760727 - The Cricket Match
Dad's Army - 760810 - Turkey Dinner
Dad's Army - 760817 - The Captian's Car
Dad's Army - 760824 - The Two And A Half Feathers
Dad's Army - 760831 - Is There Honey Still For Tea
Dad's Army - 760907 - Ten Seconds From Now
Dad's Army - XXXXXX - 24th Anniversary (Part 01)
Dad's Army - XXXXXX - 24th Anniversary (Part 02)
Dad's Army - XXXXXX - Broadcast To The Empire
Dad's Army - XXXXXX - Guarding Buckingham Palace
Dad's Army - XXXXXX - Pelican Crossing Ad #01
Dad's Army - XXXXXX - Pelican Crossing Ad #02
Dad's Army - XXXXXX - Resisting The Aggressors
Dad's Army - XXXXXX - Story of Dad's Army (Part 01)
Dad's Army - XXXXXX - Story of Dad's Army (Part 02)
Dad's Army - XXXXXX - Story of Dad's Army (Part 03)
Dad's Army - XXXXXX - Story of Dad's Army (Part 04)
Dad's Army - XXXXXX - The Boy Who Saved England
Dad's Army - XXXXXX - The Coward Review

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