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1955 called up into R.A.F. a group of young men find it hard to cope,especially with a corporal who is unhappy and takes it out on them.
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Series cast summary:
Tony Selby Tony Selby ...  Corporal Marsh / ... 34 episodes, 1975-1978
Gerard Ryder Gerard Ryder ...  Matthew Lilley 34 episodes, 1975-1978
David Janson David Janson ...  Ken Richardson 34 episodes, 1975-1978
Brian Pettifer ...  Bruce Leckie / ... 34 episodes, 1975-1978
Robert Lindsay ...  Jakey Smith 27 episodes, 1975-1977
Lori Wells Lori Wells ...  Alice Marsh 21 episodes, 1975-1978
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1955 called up into R.A.F. a group of young men find it hard to cope,especially with a corporal who is unhappy and takes it out on them.

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16 October 1975 (UK) See more »

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(34 episodes)

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When one of the Irks saws through Marsh's caravan leg he uses a modern hacksaw, not available in the 1950s. See more »

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A Classic
18 May 2014 | by GrahamEnglandSee all my reviews

Just to say that those who would like to see again this classic 70's sitcom (and a rare good one from ITV), check out a certain well known video sharing site. Like others, I recall watching this as a kid, my Dad who did National Service, though in the army, loved it too and thought it realistic. The writers both did National Service in the RAF in the 1950's. A classic line, from the very first episode, from the wonderful Tony Selby as the fearsome NCO, 'my name is Marsh, that's B-A-S-T-A-R-D!' As well as giving Robert Lindsay his first major role, before another well remembered part where he was also named 'Smith'. I don't think there has been any real intention of not repeating this series due to some PC concerns, it's just got lost in the crowd of 70's sitcoms, though popular it's just not as well known as others like 'Porridge'. It might be that the BBC just looks after it's sitcom legacy better. The corporate convulsions of the old ITV network in the 1990's and 2000's might also have played a part here.


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