‘THE DEADLY ATTACHMENT’ (TV)
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This is the best and well-known ‘Dad’s Army’ episode ever made! The platoon is ordered to collect and guard a U-Boat crew at the Church Hall. Things go out of hand when the U-Boat Captain holds Warden Hodges at gunpoint before he threatens the platoon to escort them to the boat to cross over to France.
Phillip Madoc guest stars as the U-Boat Captain and plays him magnificently. I’ve seen him in a number of TV shows and films over the years, including ‘Doctor Who’. He’s done stories like ‘The Krotons’, ‘The War Games’, ‘The Brain of Morbius’, ‘The Power of Kroll’ and the film ‘Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.’.
Here however, Phillip Madoc is always remembered for playing the U-Boat Captain who blows smoke in Mainwaring’s face with a cigarette. That was just so funny to watch especially when Mainwaring walks away and he’s struggling to not cough after being blown smoke in the face by the U-Boat Captain.
I found it funny when Walker was ordered by Mainwaring to ‘send out’ for some fish and chips for the prisoners. Walker takes down the order and the U-Boat Captain says that he doesn’t want ‘any nasty, soggy chips’. But Mainwaring rebukes him and says “If I say you eat soggy chips, you’ll eat soggy chips!”
Jonesy is also funny in this episode too since he gets a bomb in his trousers by the U-Boat Captain. When the ‘Dad’s Army’ team escort the prisoners out into the open, the Colonel meets them and sees the string in Jonesy’s trousers. He pulls it and panic ensues since that bomb could go off any time now.
The most hilarious moment in the episode is when Pike sings “Whistle while you work, Hitler is a twerp…” The U-Boat Captain is about to take his name and demands to know what it is. Mainwaring says “Don’t tell him, Pike!” That was just so hilarious. That has me and my parents laughing every time.
As well as Philip Madoc in the episode, the episode also features Bill Pertwee as Chief Warden Hodges and Edward Sinclair as the Verger who get caught up in the ‘Dad’s Army’ team’s guarding the prisoners of war unwittingly. There’s also Robert Raglan as the Colonel, who’s now a firm ‘Dad’s Army’ favourite.
‘The Deadly Attachment’ is definitely one of my favourite ‘Dad’s Army’ episodes and it is the most famous from the series. I remember watching this on a VHS when I was young. Many adaptations have been made but the TV episode stands out so well, especially with Phillip Madoc as the U-Boat captain.
‘The Deadly Attachment’ (TV) rating – 10/10
‘THE DEADLY ATTACHMENT’ (AUDIO)
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‘The Deadly Attachment’ is the eighth episode in Series 3 of the ‘Dad’s Army’ radio series. I first heard the radio adaption of the TV episode on one of ‘The Very Best Episodes’ CD releases of ‘Dad’s Army’. I found the TV version of the episode superior than the radio version especially with the changes made.
Larry Martyn plays Walker in the radio version of this episode. I enjoyed Larry Martyn’s take on Walker in the episode, especially when he made jokes; tried to sell something to one of the prisoners and took down the order for fish and chips from the prisoners. It’s not good as the TV version, but it’s enjoyable.
One of the best things about the radio version is that Philip Madoc reprises his role as the U-Boat Captain who gets the name Captain Muller compared to the TV version, which is interesting. It’s rare an actor from the TV version of the episode gets to reprise his role for the radio version which is great!
Frank Williams guest stars as the Vicar in the episode. This was interesting to discover as Hodges and the Verger don’t appear in the radio version and the Vicar is stepping in to cover for them. The Vicar mainly does what Hodges and the Verger did in the TV episode with being a hostage to the U-Boat crew.
Instead of Robert Raglan playing the Colonel in the radio version, Fraser Kerr plays him and is renamed Colonel Winters. Well, at least they didn’t have him play Colonel Pritchard. 😀 Colonel Winters says the dialogue the Colonel had in the TV version. Fraser Kerr’s not as good as Robert Raglan, but he’s decent.
A lot of the comedic moments that were funny in the TV version don’t sound as funny in the radio version. This includes the moment when Pike sings “Whistle while you work…” and Mainwaring says “Don’t tell him, Pike!” It doesn’t sound funny on radio compared to how it’s done in the TV one which is a shame.
Pike’s fear of having his name on the list by Captain Muller gets further explored in the radio version compared to the TV version. This is especially when Pike tears up Muller’s notebook and breaks his pencil in two at the end of the radio version. It’s something that did not occur in the TV version of this.
The bit where Jonesy asks Mainwaring to have Frazer take his hands out of his trousers is omitted at the end of the radio episode compared to TV. I did find the moment where Jonesy fired the Lewis gun up at the ceiling not as funny in the radio version as in the TV one. Mind you, it’d be tricky to do for radio.
‘The Deadly Attachment’ (Audio) rating – 7/10
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