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A Stripe for Frazer 

Captain Mainwaring is told that he can promote one of the privates in the platoon to lance-corporal and he chooses Frazer as being the most efficient. Unfortunately this leads to a bitter ... See full summary »

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Ben Kellett

Writers:

David Croft (Writer), Jimmy Perry (Writer)
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Kevin McNally ... Captain Mainwaring
Robert Bathurst ... Sergeant Wilson
Kevin Eldon ... Lance-Corporal Jones
David Hayman ... Private Frazer
Mathew Horne ... Private Walker
Timothy West ... Private Godfrey
Tom Rosenthal ... Private Pike
Jack Barry Jack Barry ... Policeman
William Andrews William Andrews ... Captain Bailey
John Biggins John Biggins ... The Verger
David Horovitch ... Colonel Square
Bud Flanagan Bud Flanagan ... The Voice of (voice) (archive sound)
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Captain Mainwaring is told that he can promote one of the privates in the platoon to lance-corporal and he chooses Frazer as being the most efficient. Unfortunately this leads to a bitter rivalry between Frazer - who keeps dishing out charge sheets and becomes unpopular - and Jones, culminating in a fight between the pair of them, and ultimately Mainwaring has to return Frazer to the ranks. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | War

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26 August 2019 (UK) See more »

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This is the second time that "A Stripe for Frazer" has been recreated. In 2016, the BBC released Dad's Army: A Stripe for Frazer, Animated (2016), an animated version of the episode using the recently rediscovered audio soundtrack. See more »

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Featured in Jeremy Vine: Episode #2.174 (2019) See more »

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A Stripe for Frazer
30 August 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This remake of a lost episode gives more focus on Frazer, Jones and Godfrey who were less prominent in the first episode.

Captain Mainwaring promotes Frazer to lance corporal. The same rank as Jones and from the two, eventually Mainwaring will promote one to corporal.

Sergeant Wilson has doubts regarding Frazer's suitability and of course it means losing out on some extra meat from Jones.

Pretty soon Frazer is handing out charge sheets like confetti causing problems from Mainwaring. Pike is one of those charged and he needs him in the bank. Mainwaring needs to get Jones, Pike and Godfrey off the hook.

A terrifically funny episode and I laughed out loud several times. Again credit to the writing. It was good to see Frazer with his fish hook at the end.

It gave an opportunity to actors like Timothy West to shine. He does seem a natural fit as Godfrey, just look at the way he hides away as the platoon marches on the double. To think he only got the part because first choice Bernard Cribbins dropped out.

David Hayman shows a lightness of touch as Frazer. He is an actor more noted for serious drama and you can see he has worked hard to get John Laurie's tone of voice and mannerisms.

Kevin Eldon seems to have slipped easily as Jones and I noted that the studio audience cheered when he said "They don't like it up em."

One other to thing to note, the Verger appears in this episode and the actor they chose was a spitting image of Edward Sinclair.


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