A classic sitcom about a collection of elderly, unfit, or eccentric citizens unfit for military service who nonetheless plan, with no budget and incompetent training, to defend the British Isles from a possible German invasion at the height of World War II.

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Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 1968-07-31

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The Dad's Army missing episodes are some portions of the British sitcom programme Dad's Army, which ran for nine series between 1968 and 1977. Certain episodes are no longer held by the BBC, as between 1967 and 1978 the BBC routinely deleted archive programmes. Three out of six episodes from Series 2 and two of the four Christmas sketches (1968 and 1970) are missing from BBC archives.

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Dad's Army series 2 remains incomplete, with three out of six episodes still missing from BBC archives (as of June 2018). However, the situation was previously much worse – five of the six episodes were no longer held by the BBC in 1978. Episode 10, “Sgt. Wilson's Little Secret”, survived the cull as it was recorded onto 35 mm film instead of videotape, either because it required additional editing (which was easier with film before the advent of electronic timecode editing) or because no videotape recording facilities were available in the recording period. This fortuitously assured the episode's survival: as a production made on film, it fell within the BBC Film Library's remit of retaining filmed productions. In 1998, David Croft made an appeal on BBC Two asking people if they held an off air video copy of the 5 remaining episodes. Episodes 7 “Operation Kilt” and 8 “The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage” were also believed lost until they were returned to the BBC as 16 mm film recordings in 2001. It has since been established that the two episodes were film recorded to show to executives at Columbia Pictures during discussions on the structure of the Dad's Army feature film. The film copies were then junked and retrieved from a skip by an opportunistic collector and stored in a garden shed for 30 years until returned to the BBC. The three Series 2 episodes that remain missing are Episodes 9 “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker”, 11 “A Stripe for Frazer” and 12 “Under Fire”. The only currently remaining hope for recovery is either that the lost episodes were recorded off-air during their original UK broadcasts using an early videotape recorder such as a Shibaden or Sony CV-2000 machine, or 16 mm tele-recordings being saved from being junked. However these three episodes were among the 67 adapted for BBC Radio in the 1970s, and recordings of the radio episodes still exist.

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