Dad's Army (1968–1977)
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A. Wilson (Manager)? 

Wilson is promoted to Manager of the bank in Eastgate, where he joins their Home Guard at the rank of First Liuetenant. His new life in Eastgate is cut short, however, as the bank is bombed the day he arrives.


David Croft (uncredited)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Lowe ... Capt. George Mainwaring
John Le Mesurier ... Sgt. Arthur Wilson
Clive Dunn ... LCpl. Jack Jones
John Laurie ... Pte. James Frazer
James Beck ... Pte. Joe Walker
Arnold Ridley ... Pte. Charles Godfrey
Ian Lavender ... Pte. Frank Pike
Frank Williams ... Reverend Timothy Farthing
Edward Sinclair Edward Sinclair ... Verger Maurice Yeatman
Janet Davies ... Mrs. Mavis Pike
Blake Butler Blake Butler ... Mr. West
Robert Raglan ... Captain Pritchard
Arthur Brough ... Mr. Boyle
Colin Bean Colin Bean ... Private Sponge
Hugh Hastings Hugh Hastings ... Private Hastings


Upstart Meanwaring is furious to learn that his chief clerk Arthur Wilson is leaving to become manager of the nearby branch of the bank in Eastgate, where HQ has also appointed him platoon commander with a promotion to Second Lieutenant. While everyone else congratulates the amiable gentleman, Meanwaring's jealous, socially inferior superior implies it's just the old boys network. He promotes Pike chief clerk, and orders him to copy for all platoon members a promotion to sergeant, meant only for Jones, but so phrased each thinks to get three stripes, creating a Mexican army version of platoon assembly. Alas the war shows its ugliest side. Written by KGF Vissers

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jealousy | loyalty | friendship | See All (3) »


Comedy | War


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Release Date:

4 December 1970 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the vicar hangs up after speaking to Mainwaring we hear the 'ting' of the vicar's phone through Mainwaring's. This would not be possible as the connection would have been broken. See more »

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The shortest promotion in history.
21 April 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Captain Mainwaring is incensed to learn of Wilson's promotions, one in the bank, one in the army.

I've always considered Series Four one of the best patches in this glorious sitcom's life. Wilson Manager is a fine example, any sitcom works wonderfully well when it's funny and sad. It contains some sidesplitting moments, the mix-up with Sergeants being the funniest. Sad beacuse of the fate of poor Sergeant Wilson, in the five minutes he gets to be a branch manager you get to see how amazing he'd be in the role. Fantastic scenes between WiksoW and Mainwaring, plus fantastic monologues from John Laurie and James Beck, both showcasing their acting talents.

I love this episode, you get to see the true feelings Mainwaring had for Wilson. 9/10

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