Dad's Army

Dad's Army (1968)

6 mistakes in Battle of the Giants

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Factual error: When Mainwaring is driving the van and Jones is in the back suffering from malaria, just after Pike shouts out that Jones has changed colour, if you look out the side window you can see a triangular road sign. These did not come into use until the 1960s.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Hodges tells Mainwaring to pull over when he is driving Jones' van you can see crew members reflected in the left hand side of the van's windscreen.

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Revealing mistake: Just before the two vans drive round in circles, when Mainwaring has trouble with the gearbox, the shot from inside the van shows a house through the driver's window. But in the exterior shots there are no buildings around, just trees.

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Continuity mistake: When the Walmington platoon stop their van to open the gate to let the sheep out in attempt to hold up the Eastgate platoons van the Eastgate van drives through the gate into the field with Hodges on his motorbike following, but when the camera cuts back to the road the Eastgate van and the motorbike are on the road behind Walmington's van, the Eastgate van and the motorbike are next seen coming out of the field further up the road.

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Continuity mistake: When Mainwaring and Square, driving the vans, are trying to push each others' van off the bridge, Hodges parks his motorbike at the end of the bridge behind the eastgate platoon's van. In all the following shots Hodges' motor bike has disappeared.

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Other mistake: Mainwaring hangs his new cap on a hook on the inside of his office door, the rest of the platoon are having bayonet practice in the hall. Pike is running with the bayonet but misses the dummy and his bayonet goes through the office door and Mainwaring's cap. The bayonet only goes through the cap once, but there are two tears in the cap.

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Mainwaring: In the words of the great E.C Cochran. "Early to bed, early to rise, no jolly good if you don't advertise."

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Trivia: The only member of the cast to have actually served in the Home Guard was John Laurie. Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn and Arnold Ridley were in the regular army.

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