3. ‘SGT. WILSON’S LITTLE SECRET’
Mrs. Pike is expecting to take in an evacuee child from the war. Wilson overhears her conversation with Frank Pike over this and becomes worried. He thinks that she’s actually pregnant. When telling Captain Mainwaring this, he is advised to ask Mrs. Pike to marry him. Will Wilson know of the truth?
This isn’t one of the missing episodes from the BBC archives and was the only one to survive to date of Series 2. The episode is okay, but I wouldn’t call it a classic or memorable episode. It delves into more interesting character developments of Wilson and his relationship with Mrs Pike in the series.
I enjoyed the opening scenes with the platoon when Mainwaring tries to teach a lesson in camouflage and Jones messes up the backstage scenery. I also enjoyed it when Frazer and Walker demonstrate their own weapons to the platoon. I like Walker’s idea of a rubber type on Jones’ back.
The introduction of an evacuee into Mrs. Pike’s ‘family’ was interesting to see in this episode. Sadly, this is only time that little Arthur (the evacuee boy) makes an appearance in the ‘Dad’s Army’ TV series. Little Arthur never returned, which I found strange as I wondered what had happened to him.
‘Sgt. Wilson’s Little Secret’ is a fairly average episode of ‘Dad’s Army’. I found it a good character piece for Wilson in her relationship with Mrs. Pike. But this doesn’t stand out for me as one of the best episodes of the ‘Dad’s Army’ series. I did enjoy some comedy moments when I saw the platoon.
‘Sgt. Wilson’s Little Secret’ rating – 6/10
On Disc 2 of ‘The Complete ‘Dad’s Army’ DVD collection’, there’s a behind-the-scenes documentary called ‘Missing Presumed Wiped’. There are also radio versions of the remaining lost episodes of Series 2 including ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker’; ‘A Stripe for Frazer’ and ‘Under Fire’.
‘Dad’s Army’: Series 2 rating – 8/10
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