‘A Stripe For Frazer’ (TV)

‘A STRIPE FOR FRAZER’ (TV)

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I love this animated ‘Dad’s Army’ episode! ‘A Stripe For Frazer’ is sadly one of the missing episodes of ‘Dad’s Army’ from Series 2. The episode has yet to be found, but thankfully the BBC decided to do an animation version of this episode based on the surviving TV soundtrack on audio still in existence.

The animation episode of ‘Dad’s Army’ is in similar style to the animation episodes of ‘Doctor Who’ for some black-and-white stories from the 1960s. These include stories like ‘The Invasion’, ‘The Reign of Terror’, ‘The Ice Warriors’, ‘The Tenth Planet’, ‘The Moonbase’ and ‘The Power of the Daleks’.

I’m glad the BBC did an animation version of a missing ‘Dad’s Army’ episode like ‘A Stripe For Frazer’. Let’s hope ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker’ and ‘Under Fire’ will get animated. I first had ‘A Stripe For Frazer’ on BBC Store. Now I have the special animated episode on Amazon Prime Video.

The animation for this ‘Dad’s Army’ episode is pretty good. There are a few errors I noticed in the animation, but I still enjoyed it. The animation for the characters like Captain Mainwaring, Sergeant Wilson; Lance Corporal Jones; etc is very good. The animation matches so well to the TV soundtrack.

This episode has our character Private Frazer being promoted to Lance Corporal alongside Jonesy. A competition is in place where Mainwaring decides whether to promote either Jones or Frazer as a full corporal. Err…wouldn’t it make sense to have Jones as the corporal and Frazer as the lance corporal?

But the comedy ensues when Frazer tries to too hard to impress Mainwaring in winning the full corporal title. This includes issuing many members of the platoon on charge sheets. There are lots of comedic moments in this episode. I so enjoyed the opening platoon line-up scene even in animation.

The guest stars are John Ringham as Captain Bailey, who informs Mainwaring that he can make up another lance corporal. There’s also Geoffrey Lumsden who returns and gets the new rank of Corporal-Colonel Square. There’s also Gordon Peters as the Police Officer as well as Edward Sinclair as the Verger.

‘A Stripe For Frazer’ is definitely worth checking out in its current animation form. I’m surprised the BBC haven’t re-released ‘Dad’s Army’ on DVD/Blu-ray yet and included the animation episode of ‘A Stripe For Frazer’. Perhaps one day they will. Otherwise, I’m pleased another gap in Series 2 has been filled.

‘A Stripe For Frazer’ (TV) rating – 8/10


‘A STRIPE FOR FRAZER’ (AUDIO)

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‘A Stripe For Frazer’ is the eighth episode transmitted in the ‘Dad’s Army’ radio series. It was also my first encounter of this missing ‘Dad’s Army’ episode before I saw the animation version. As I re-listened to it, I recall familiar lines said in the animation episode that correlated in the radio version.

The radio version of this episode features John Laurie as Frazer, James Beck as Walker and Ian Lavender as Pike. Arnold Ridley doesn’t make an appearance as Godfrey in the episode. Thus all the lines intended for Godfrey are given to Pike. Godfrey’s dropping his rifle on parade also gets removed.

One notable aspect of this radio episode is that it was the last to feature James Beck as Private Walker. This would be his last work on ‘Dad’s Army’ before he sadly died in 1973. Walker would reappear in the radio series in ‘The Showing Up Of Corporal Jones’ to be played by a different actor.

Geoffrey Lumsden makes a return appearance as Corporal-Colonel Square in the episode. There’s also Michael Knowles who plays Captain Bailey in the radio version of this episode instead of John Ringham. The Police Officer and the Verger characters don’t appear in the radio version of this episode.

In both the TV/animation and radio versions of ‘A Stripe For Frazer’, I noticed there was a scene between Mainwaring, Jones and Frazer that would feature in the 1975 ‘Dad’s Army’ stage show. It’s a scene where Mainwaring uses chairs to demonstrate how to tackle a Nazi attacker ‘like a lion tamer’.

A notable thing to mention is that both the TV/animation and radio versions of this episode have the introduction of Mainwaring’s new officer cap. I’ve also noticed that the ‘ceiling painting materials’ featured in the TV/animation version isn’t featured at all in the radio version of ‘A Stripe For Frazer’.

In both TV/animation and radio versions of this episode, I found it funny when Mainwaring found out Walker harboured whiskey in his gas mask bag. It was very funny in the radio version when Mainwaring also discovered Walker had his cigars for him before Wilson asked if he should add his name to the list.

The radio version of ‘A Stripe For Frazer’ is good. It’s a shame the original TV episode is still missing by this point. I’m glad we have both the animation and radio versions. They do well to strengthen Frazer’s character, although it would be nice if Jones was a corporal and Frazer was a lance corporal. 😀

‘A Stripe For Frazer’ (Audio) rating – 7/10


 

‘A STRIPE FOR FRAZER’ (2019) (TV)

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The second of the ‘Dad’s Army’ lost episodes 2019 remake is of course ‘A Stripe For Frazer’. This was an interesting one since the episode didn’t need to be remade. It has already been animated in 2015 with the original TV soundtrack. But I suppose for completion’s sake, it had to be remade in live-action.

I mean with ‘Doctor Who’, the missing TV story ‘The Faceless Ones’ is getting totally animated for DVD/Blu-ray. It’s fair to say I knew ‘A Stripe For Frazer’ well as an episode having seen the animation episode and heard the radio episode a number of times. So, I knew what to expect in the 2019 remake.

With that said, I don’t think the 2019 remake is good as the animation and radio versions of the episode. This is mostly due to the delivery of lines by the actors playing the characters. This isn’t anyone’s fault. The actors are decent and the approach to remake the tale is of a different perspective.

In terms of how Frazer is portrayed by David Hayman, he doesn’t exactly match to how John Laurie played him in the TV series. In my humble opinion, I would’ve liked Ralph Riach, who played John Laurie in ‘We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story’, to play Frazer in the 2019 remake lost episodes here.

In terms of the episode’s guest cast, David Horovitch plays Corporal-Colonel Square instead of Geoffrey Lumsden as in the original. I’ve seen David Horovitch as Inspector Slack in the ‘Miss Marple’ series with Joan Hickson. I did find him to be a convincing Square watching him in the remake episodes.

The episode also features William Andrews as Captain Bailey instead of John Ringham as in the original. There’s Jack Barry as the Police Officer instead of Gordon Peters as in the original and there’s also John Biggins as the Verger, who I don’t think matches to Edward Sinclair’s Verger as in the original.

Here’s an observation I made in comparing the animation episode to the 2019 remake. In the 2019 remake, Jones makes out he’s using a poker to threaten Walker playing a Nazi stormtrooper instead of three chairs stuck together. The three chairs stuck together moment was in the animation episode.

I wonder why the three chairs stuck together moment wasn’t in the 2019 remake as it was in the animation episode. Was it not in the original script? Mind you, the animation episode could’ve taken its cue off what Jones did in the 1975 ‘Dad’s Army’ stage show according to Nationwide. Overall, a decent remake.

‘A Stripe For Frazer’ (2019) (TV) rating – 7/10


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