‘Things That Go Bump In The Night’ (TV)

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At night and on the way home, Jonesy’s van runs out of petrol. Soon, the ‘Dad’s Army’ team have to stay overnight at a spooky house. They soon hear the sound of ‘orrible’ hounds howling and barking from outside. Will they survive the night at this spooky house and with those ‘orrible hounds’ outside? 😀

This is a really good ‘Dad’s Army’ episode. They try to do a haunted house comedy in this one. I liked it when the ‘Dad’s Army’ team arrive at the house and there’s nobody about. They soon end up in a bedroom upstairs and they settle down for the night before they can go out and get petrol for the van.

Pikey is really funny in this episode. I felt sorry for him in this episode since he gets wet not once, not twice but three times. It’s funny when Pike goes “I’m all wet, Mr. Mainwaring!” and “I’m all wet again, Mr. Mainwaring!” It’s a common catchphrase that the Bradley household has been accustomed to. 😀

Pike also gets to dress up in this episode. This includes him wearing a flag-bearer’s uniform; a bear-skin rug and an old German uniform. I found it funny when he’s dressed up as a bear. It was very funny when Pike in the bear rug tries to scare Mainwaring with his bear growls. Mainwaring goes “You stupid boy!”

This episode features guest star Jonathan Cecil as Captain Cadbury, who returns to the house to find the ‘Dad’s Army’ team there. Cadbury has this high-pitched upper-class voice which is funny to hear, especially as he treats the dogs at the training school as troops. Do upper-class people sound like that?

I laughed when the hounds were chasing after the ‘Dad’s Army’ team. It makes for a dramatic showdown towards the end, especially when the ‘Dad’s Army’ carry Godfrey on a stretcher and when they cross the river to get to the other side. The hounds still chase our heroes going through that river.

This episode sadly features the last appearance of James Beck as Private Walker. Most of Walker’s scenes are on location. James Beck managed to appear in the film scenes on location before the studio scenes took place. Sadly he was in hospital by the time the studio scenes of the episode were recorded.

‘Things That Go Bump In The Night’ is a very entertaining episode in the ‘Dad’s Army’ series. It’s a shame about Walker not being in the episode much and only in the exterior scenes, but I enjoyed how they did a comedic take of a haunted house in ‘Dad’s Army’ and a chase scene with those ‘orrible hounds.

‘Things That Go Bump In The Night’ (TV) rating – 9/10


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This is the ninth episode of Series 3 in the ‘Dad’s Army’ radio series. For the most part, it is a fairly faithful radio adaptation of the TV episode. But there are certain scenes omitted from the TV version into the radio version, especially during the climax where it cuts to the dogs chasing after our regulars.

The plus side of the radio version of this episode is that Larry Martyn plays Walker in it. In the TV version, Walker barely appeared apart from the exterior location scenes due to James Beck’s ill health before his death. But here in the radio version, Walker gets to play the character fully throughout the episode.

I believe the radio production team worked to what was in the original TV script had James Beck actually appeared as Walker in the episode. It was interesting to hear the lines Walker would’ve said had he actually appeared in the TV version. There’s also no appearance of Sponge in the radio version.

Yeah when Walker wasn’t in the TV version much, Colin Bean as Sponge said most of Walker’s lines as well as a few other characters like Frazer. Thankfully Walker gets to say all his lines in the radio version by Larry Martyn, including “Blimey! I don’t think Mr. Mainwaring will want to cuddle you all night” to Jonesy. 😀

John Barron guest stars as Captain Cadbury in the radio version instead of Jonathan Cecil as in the TV version. I enjoyed John Barron’s performance as Captain Cadbury in the radio version. It’s nothing like Jonathan Cecil’s high-pitched performance and John Barron sounds great with the ‘Dad’s Army’ team.

This is John Barron’s third contribution to the ‘Dad’s Army’ radio series. He previously starred in the radio versions of ‘Something Nasty In The Vault’ and ‘Round and Round Went The Great Big Wheel’. He is also well-known for playing the Dean in ‘All Gas and Gaiters’. He has a very rich voice for audio.

Like I said, the episode omits some scenes featured in the TV version for the radio version. The episode finishes on the note where Mainwaring realises the hounds are swimming across the river and the ‘Dad’s Army’ team run for it. There’s no scene of Pike taking off his German uniform to give to the dogs.

Actually, Pike doesn’t wear the German uniform at all as he did in the TV version. Instead he wears a holey German grey coat that attracts the scent of the dogs with aniseed on it. Pike also doesn’t wear the bear rug in the radio version as he did on TV. He just wears the ‘tabard’ as it is called in the radio version.

‘Things That Go Bump In The Night’ (Audio) rating – 8/10

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