Situation comedy (1974 -
Set in the Home Guard, Dad's Army takes home defense
of the British Isles during WWII, and makes the best
of it. This radio adaptation of the highly successful
TV series was originally broadcast on the Radio 4,
retained most of the original cast (James Beck who
played Private Walker died during the run of the TV
The home guard in WWII, you ask? Of course, the British
are known for keeping a stiff upper lip, but they
are equally able to find humor in the most unlikely
places. Indeed, most social comedy was done in England
first. Just think of William Shakespeare, Richard
B. Sheridan, Oscar Wilde, GB Shaw and Noel Coward,
to list a handful.
Dad's Army had three series in all, running
from early 1974, through to late 1976. Shakespearian?
Come now. Great fun? Absolutely. So, ration books
out, form an orderly line, everyone will be able to
get one, but there IS a war on, you know!