Monday, 24 November 2008

DaDs Army

Without a shadow of doubt, this is my all time favourite TV comedy, sorry, SITCOM. Oh, there have been comedy programmes that I have enjoyed over the years that have been nearly as good but nearly isn't good enough, is it?

The characters of course are what made this terrific series. Aged, Grumpy, soft around the edges, curmudgeonly and wonderfully idiosyncratic. All of them, apart from Ian Lavender, were of course actors near the ends of their careers and this seemed to give a relaxed and natural performance to the show. The scripts were delightfully silly and yet, one suspects, far nearer the truth than anyone would like to admit.
The overly pompous Captain Mainwairing and his ever brow beaten number two, Sargeant Wilson. Corporal Jones whose memory of previous wars and battles burnt ever bright. The Scottish undertaker who always had a rum tale to tell. Each character uniquely different to the other. So very British and so very funny.
They don't like it up 'em and they don't write 'em like this anymore.


wastedpapiers said...

One of my favourites too. It was nice to see the recently discovered episode on BBC2 which had been digitally coloured and looked as good as it did back in the 70's.

C.J.Duffy said...

Would you believe that my son, nearly twenty four, is a huge fan of this series and, not that he knows this, is about to get the complete collection from my Mum for his Christmas present.

wastedpapiers said...

Lucky boy!