The Man and the Hour

The Man and the Hour

"The Man and the Hour" was the first episode of the British sitcom "Dad's Army", one of the most popular ever UK television programmes. It originally aired on television on 31 July 1968 and was later adapted for radio.

TV Episode

Infobox Dad's Army
episode_number episode_name=001 - The Man and the Hour
script=Jimmy Perry and David Croftcite book|title=The Complete A-Z of Dad’s Army|author=Croft, David; Perry, Jimmy; Webber, Richard|date=2000|publisher=Orion|ISBN= 0-75284-637-X|pages=134]
director=David Croft
producer=David Croft
recorded=Sunday 15/4/68
original_transmission=Wednesday 31/7/68 8.20pm
length=30 minutes
viewing_figures=7.2 million
following=Museum Piece

"The Man and the Hour" is the first and pilot episode of the British comedy series "Dad's Army" that was originally transmitted on Wednesday 31 July 1968.


On the outbreak of World War II, a local bank manager, George Mainwaring, takes it upon himself to form a unit of Local Defence Volunteers in the town of Walmington-on-Sea.


It starts in present day (1968) England with Captain Mainwaring announcing to his former platoon that he is backing Britain. A flash back shows on a TV screen showing scenes from World War II and the British Army.

It then starts in Swallows Bank (1940), Walmington-on-Sea. Wilson, Pike and Mainwaring are laying sandbags at the window. Mainwaring then receives a message saying that he can set up a LDV unit to protect Britain. He finds out more about this on the wireless, having been told by a clerk, Janet King, that Anthony Eden is about to make a Ministerial broadcast. Pike is told to go round to all the LDV volunteers and tell them to meet in the church hall.

At the church hall, many people are waiting and Mainwaring (now the self-appointed commander) begins to enrol them. He makes Wilson his Sergeant and Jones his Lance-Corporal. An ARP warden bursts in and tells the commander to "shove off" because he needs the hall for an ARP lecture. He is forced to let him use it and informs the platoon to meet in the hall later.

Later, Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson are inspecting the platoon, Godfrey has a gun and Mainwaring believes that he should have it because he is the officer, but Godfrey refuses. The platoon are told about tanks and how to defeat then. The platoon play at being tanks and how to destroy them. Mrs Pike arrives to pick up Pike because it's his bed time. The uniform (armbands) and weapons (pepper) arrive. It is not what the platoon expected. They are handed out.

Mainwaring gives a speech and the platoon cheer.


#A scene involving the fire brigade wanting to use the hall for practice was also filmed, but was cut from the final programme.
#This episode was originally planned for transmission on Monday 5 June.




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