Dads Army – Christmas Special – 1976

The first of 3 Christmas Specials made during the show’s run.  A church bazaar is organized for the “Comforts for the Troops Fund”. Hodges intends to auction three oranges, and Mainwaring is determined to get hold of one for Mrs Mainwaring.

Summary

The platoon are parading in their snow camouflage suits so they can blend in with the snow… if there was any, when they are interrupted by the Vicar and the Verger, to advise that a church Bazar will take place in the hall for the Comforts for the Troops Fund.  Naturally, Mainwaring takes charge, and forms a small executive committee.  After deciding who will be providing what, Chief  Warden Hodges shoves his oar in by declaring he will auction three oranges, much to the committee’s surprise.
The Bazar opens with the usual chaos, Mainwaring tries to win a bottle of whiskey from the tombola stall, but loses out to the Vicar. When he notices the town clerk and some of his men drunk, he confronts Godfrey, who admits that everybody’s tasting the homemade wine, but nobody’s buying it. A dispatch rider arrives with a message but, when he leaves, his motorcycle runs over Jones’ brawn, making it unsellable.
Hodges announces the auction of the oranges, Mainwaring tells Wilson that he must get one of the oranges for Mrs Mainwaring. The Verger overhears and warns Hodges, who resolves to stop Mainwaring. The first orange is sold for 1 shilling to Mrs Yeatman, before Mainwaring had finished bidding. The second orange is withdrawn from the sale because Mainwaring was the only bidder. Wilson tells Pike to buy the orange for Mainwaring. As a result, the orange eventually sells for an enormous 10 shillings.
The episode ends with Hodges getting one up on Mainwaring by declaring they’ll find the orange rather bitter: it’s for making marmalade with!

Clip

Cast

Arthur Lowe
John Le Mesurier
Clive Dunn
Ian Lavender
John Laurie
Arnold Ridley
Bill Pertwee
Frank Williams
Edward Sinclair

Details

Written By: Jimmy Perry and David Croft
Produced By: David Croft
Channel: BBC1
Original Transmission: 26 December 1976

Merchandising
Dads Army – The Christmas Specials is available on BBC DVD.

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