Dads Army: Captain Mainwaring scene had to be rewritten as star refused to do it

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Dad’s Army is one of Britain’s most-loved comedies and focuses on the hilarious antics of Captain Mainwaring’s (played by Arthur Lowe) fictional Home Guard. The storylines were brilliantly written but one particular scene had to be changed at the last minute when Arthur refused to film a potentially embarrassing sub-plot.

In series six, episode one, the platoon is ordered to guard the crew of a sunken U-boat until the escort arrives. 

But when the escort is delayed, the platoon must guard the crew all night. 

In one particularly comical moment, Lance Corporal Jones (Clive Dunn) ends up with a bomb in his trousers.

However, this scene was originally intended for Captain Mainwaring. 

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Reflecting on the comedy’s success, TV channel Gold revealed: “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dad’s Army.”

One little known fact read: “When approached for the role of Captain Mainwaring, Arthur Lowe was a little wary of being involved in comedy that was too lowbrow.

“He insisted on a clause in his contract specifying that he would never have to appear on the show without his trousers. 

“When the first episode of series six included a scene where a grenade ends up down Mainwaring’s trousers, Lowe refused to go ahead with it.”

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“Things were quickly rewritten so that Corporal Jones ended up with the bomb in his britches.”

Jimmy Perry co-wrote the series inspired by his real experience in the Home Guard in the Second World War. 

He added: “Being Arthur, he didn’t read the script until an hour before filming. 

“‘I’m not having this, James,’ he said. ‘Tell your partner I don’t have bombs down my trousers and I’m certainly not having John Laurie’s arm down my trousers.’”

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“There was no persuading him,” the BBC comedy writer told The Mirror. 

“We had to rewrite the scene and stick the bomb down Corporal Jones’ trousers.”

Meanwhile, writer Perry originally intended to give the part of Private Walker to himself. 

However, Dad’s Army fans will know James Beck played the black market spiv.

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Co-writer and BBC comedy producer David Croft advised Perry against casting himself in the show.

He warned writing and starring in the comedy may cause problems with the other actors. 

The drama was an instant hit with viewers but it was very nearly broadcasted under a different name. 

Dad’s Army was originally known as The Fighting Tigers until the head of comedy at the BBC Michael Mills stepped in and changed it.

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