‘NUMBER ENGAGED’ (TV)
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In this episode, the ‘Dad’s Army’ team are sent to guard telephone wires for the war effort in Walmington-on-Sea. When an unexploded bomb is caught between the phone wires, Captain Mainwaring and his men have to prevent it blowing up. Can they achieve that without setting it off?
I found this to be another average ‘Dad’s Army’ episode in Series 9. But it’s not as bad as some other episodes. This is a traditional ‘Dad’s Army’ episode and it has some funny moments in it. It’s also good to see the ‘Dad’s Army’ team work together and prevent a bomb going off on them telephone wires.
Frank Williams as the Vicar; Edward Sinclair as the Verger and Bill Pertwee as Chief Warden Hodges guest star in this episode. This is because the ‘Dad’s Army’ team do a church service at the same time guarding the telephone wires. But the service barely begins as the ‘Dad’s Army’ team see that bomb.
Jonesy as ever goes into a panic once he sees the bomb on the telephone wires. The Vicar and the Verger don’t do much in the episode, apart from the Vicar praying for Pike as he climbs up a wobbly tower of furniture. Hodges also helps Pike with carrying Mainwaring when he’s got climbing gear on.
The episode also features Ronnie Brody as the GPO Man, who provides little help to the ‘Dad’s Army’ in getting the bomb off the telephone wires. Ronnie Brody was in ‘High Finance’, playing Mr. Swann the greengrocer. I also discovered that Ronnie Brody played Bob the train driver in ‘The Royal Train’.
Felix Bowness also guest stars as the Van Driver in the episode. Felix Bowness also was in ‘Ring Dem Bells’ as well as the sitcom series ‘Hi-De-Hi’. I found it very annoying when Felix Bowness’ character kept swearing ‘blasted’ a lot in the episode. There wasn’t a reason to do that and it’s not very funny.
Robert Mill guest stars as the Army Captain who gets impatient for the ‘Dad’s Army’ team to turn up. There’s also Kenneth MacDonald as the Army Sergeant. Kenneth MacDonald would later go on to star in the TV shows ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’ and ‘Only Fools and Horses’. I was so amazed to see him.
For me, ‘Number Engaged’ is a fairly average ‘Dad’s Army’ episode. I liked it when Pike got to cook porridge for the ‘Dad’s Army’ team. Although he makes too much porridge, he gets to save the day. It was also amusing to see Jones climb up those telephone wires and get the bomb out from them. 🙂
‘Number Engaged’ (TV) rating – 7/10
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