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Everybody's Trucking
Series 7, Episode 1
Air Date 15th November 1974
Written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft
Director David Croft
Producer David Croft
Length 30 minutes
Original Audience Figures  ?
Previous episode The Recruit
Next episode A Man of Action
List of episodes

Everybody's Trucking is the first episode of the seventh series of Dad's Army, which was originally transmitted on Friday 15th November 1974.

SynopsisEdit

Mainwaring's platoon have to signpost the route for a military convoy passing through the area. An abandoned steam roller and fairground organ trailer is blocking the route, which threatens to plunge the convoy into chaos.

PlotEdit

The episode begins in the church hall yard, where Jones is showing off his newly-restored butchers' van to the platoon. Mainwaring enters with some very important news: three battalions of regular troops are to move into the Walmington and Eastgate areas as part of the divisional scheme, and as the signposts have been removed, the platoon have been asked to signpost the route to allow the convoys to pass through safely.

En-route, they find the road blocked by an abandoned steam roller and fairground organ trailer, and a note from its driver reveals that he's gone to get some coal. Rather than wait for him to return, Mainwaring decides to drive around the vehicles. Whilst doing so, Jones's van gets stuck in the mud and before long it is joined by Hodges' van, his motor-bike and side-car and a coach carrying pensioners on a day trip. With time running out, it falls to Godfrey's Auntie Elsie to save the day and divert the convoy.

NotesEdit

This episode was mainly shot on location in the Stanford Battle Area in Norfolk, with the exception of the first scene in the church hall yard, which was shot in the studio. This was fairly unusual in an age where most sitcoms took place entirely on set.

According to Dad's Army: The Story of a Television Legend, the bird song heard in the episode is in fact the whistling of guest star Felix Bowness, who played the coach driver.

The fairground organ which plays the Can-Can in this episode was built by the German firm of Wellershaus in the 1920's, and can be seen and heard at the Thursford Collection in Norfolk.

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