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A Man of Action
Series 7, Episode 2
Air Date 22nd November 1974
Written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft
Director David Croft
Producer David Croft
Length 30 minutes
Original Audience Figures Unknown
Previous episode Everybody's Trucking
Next episode Gorilla Warfare
List of episodes

A Man of Action, or simply Man of Action, is the second episode of the seventh series of Dad's Army. It was originally transmitted on Friday 22nd November, 1974.

SynopsisEdit

There may be trouble ahead; a landmine has ripped up 100 yards of railway track, gas and water supplies have been cut, the telephone wires are down and Pike has got his head stuck through the bars of the park gates. Mainwaring declares martial law.

PlotEdit

The episode opens with Jones and Pike out on patrol. While recreating a childhood prank, Pike gets his head stuck in the park gates. Mainwaring is in the church hall, conducting an interview and photo session with a member of the local press. Alerted by Jones, Mainwaring comes and rescues Pike - unable to free him, they lift the gates off their hinges and carry them back to the church hall (with Pike still trapped).

Once there they discover Walmington is in the grip of a crisis. The town has been heavily bombed, leaving the water, telephone and other vital services damaged. Walmington is, in effect, totally cut off. In light of this an emergency meeting has been called by the town elders. Realising that the bickering committee are not providing effective leadership, Mainwaring orders his men to fix bayonets and steps in, effectively performing a coup d'etat and putting the town under martial law. He begins issuing a number of stringent edicts, including all looters being shot, rumourmongers being imprisoned and for no liquor to be sold without a permit. Then gathering his men behind him, he marches on the town hall, denying accusations that he is behaving like "the dictator of some South American Banana republic".

Pike is still stuck in the gates, and several passers-by wrongly assuming this is some form of harsh punishment by Mainwaring. Despite the confident manner he had departed in, Mainwaring returns from his attempt to seize the town hall, indignantly explaining it was shut by the town clerk. He assures people that he will "deal with him in the morning". He again denies that he is behaving like a tyrant, and usurping the power of the land.

However when an officer from GHQ arrives to take command over from him, implementing much the same policies as he had, Mainwaring is himself outraged and the episode ends with him being locked outside his own office.

NotesEdit

  • This is the first episode that introduces Cheeseman as a member of the platoon. He had appeared in another episode (My British Buddy) as a reporter from the Eastbourne Gazette who took a picture of Mainwaring being punched by an American Colonel.
  • While the title card at the beginning of this episode gives the title A Man of Action, it is also often known as simply Man of Action.

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