‘THE BATTLE OF GODFREY’S COTTAGE’ (TV)
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This is the second of the ‘lost episodes’ of ‘Dad’s Army’ that were found in 2001. Captain Mainwaring and his men prepare for an invasion. Soon, the church bells ring out. Mainwaring, Jonesy and Frazer head for Godfrey’s cottage where they form a defence against the invading Germans in Walmington.
Eventually, Wilson, Pike and Walker make for Godfrey’s cottage whilst the rest of the platoon is at the novelty rock emporium. Will the ‘Dad’s Army’ team be able to protect themselves in this invasion against the armed forces or will it get messed up? Godfrey’s sisters are clueless in what’s happening.
I love those opening scenes where Mainwaring and his men rendezvous at the novelty rock emporium. It was funny when they got interrupted by Bill Pertwee as Warden Hodges who tells them to get their bikes ‘shifted’. It was also funny when Godfrey arrived and asked “Are you closed?”
Beforehand, Mainwaring had to rush his meal of ‘treacle tart’ which has given him indigestion. Wilson gives Mainwaring some tablets to attend to his indigestion but Jonesy tells them that they’ll make him ‘go’. Soon, Mainwaring desperately needs to pay a visit. It was pretty funny watching that.
It was also funny when Mainwaring was unaware of the church bells ringing just as Wilson and Pike hear it at the bank. Mainwaring, Jones and Frazer working together to reach Godfrey’s cottage was very memorable. The night scenes where Wilson, Pike and Walker attack the cottage were amusing.
I liked that this episode delves into more of Godfrey’s character and his home life where he lives with his sisters. This episode features the debut of Godfrey’s sisters – Amy Dalby as Dolly and Nan Braunton as Cissy. Those sisters are funny and dotty as Mainwaring and his men defend the cottage.
I like how the two sides led by Mainwaring and Wilson simultaneously believe that each one of them surrendered. This is when Godfrey’s sisters wave out the white bedclothes from the bedroom window. Mainwaring is so appalled and denies Wilson’s belief that he and his men would surrender.
‘The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage’ is a wonderful little ‘Dad’s Army’ episode. I’m glad this was found back in 2001 when it was once ‘missing presumed wiped’. The episode shows the ‘Dad’s Army’ characters at their best. I loved it when two sides of Mainwaring’s men defended Godfrey’s cottage.
‘The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage’ (TV) rating – 8/10
‘THE BATTLE OF GODFREY’S COTTAGE’ (AUDIO)
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‘The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage’ was the fifth episode transmitted in the ‘Dad’s Army’ radio series. I first heard this episode in ‘The Very Best Episodes of Dad’s Army – Volume 3’ which were selected by comedian Phil Jupitus. I greatly enjoyed this radio version of ‘The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage’ here. 🙂
This radio version of ‘The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage’ is notable for the first appearance of Bill Pertwee as Warden Hodges. Up until then, he hadn’t appeared in previous episodes of the radio series. I like how it was depicted when Hodges told Mainwaring to get their bikes ‘shifted’ in the tale.
This version of ‘The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage’ doesn’t have James Beck as Private Walker. John Laurie as Private Frazer, Arnold Ridley as Private Godfrey and Ian Lavender as Private Pike still remain in the episode. The scene where Mainwaring desperately goes off to the loo is omitted here.
Wilson doesn’t give the special tablets to help Mainwaring get over his indigestion and he doesn’t accept Jonesy’s bicarbonate of soda treatment. It’s a shame the moment where Mainwaring desperately goes off to the love is omitted in the radio version as it was very funny in the TV version.
The episode features Nan Braunton as Cissy, Godfrey’s sister. Nan Braunton also played Cissy in the TV version of ‘The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage’. I get the impression that the radio series of ‘Dad’s Army’ only featured one sister for Godfrey. Why couldn’t Dolly have appeared in this radio episode?
Actually to be fair, Amy Dalby who played Dolly Godfrey in the TV version of ‘The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage’ died two days after the episode was first transmitted. This is sad to hear. Mrs. Pike also doesn’t appear in the radio version of this episode, though she had just one scene in the TV version.
There’s also Percy Edwards as Percy the Parrot in the radio episode. Percy Edwards is notable for making animal noises on and off in radio. I like Percy the Parrot in this radio episode. Some of his lines are funny. He got on Mainwaring’s nerves saying, “Take off them knickers; get up them stairs!”
It was equally funny when Jonesy put on the First World War German soldier’s helmet that was used as a flower pot in Godfrey’s cottage. Jones can feel something in the back of his neck and Frazer sees that he’s got a worm down there. Pike is given Walker’s dialogue in the radio version of the episode.
‘The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage’ (Audio) rating – 8/10
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