Army Game Classic TV Show
Hut 29 of the Surplus Ordnance Department at Nether Hopping is not your average army barracks. Corporal Springer has a finger in every pie. Sgt Major Snudge is after Bootsie's blood. While Sgt Major Bullimore is taking his name far too literary.
Army Game Fan Tributes16 Jennis from Hertfordshire: A friend of my Mum's worked on the set and so she got us tickets. After the show she took me back to meet Alfie Bass and Bernard Breslaw. I sat on Bernie's knee and Alfie Bass gave me a hug. I was about 7
15 Tim Liggins from Milton Keynes: I do so remember this great TV show of the later 50's and early 60's In fact at the tender age of about ten my first 'love' was the girl who appeared with the tea urn at the beginning and end of the commercial break! I remember my dad taking me all the way up to Battersea Park to see her when she was the Easter Princess. I'm not sure what year that must have been but still holds fold memories over 50 years ago. I do wonder what that actress was called and whether she is still alive today? Any information or recollections would be very much appreciated.
14 John Ball from Perth Australia: I was fortunate to be able to watch the program being made live at the studios in Kings Road, Chelsea. I was around 12 years at the time. Alfie Bass was an aquaintance of my father. Does anyone know if Alfie is still alive and if so what is he doing?
13 patricia pogue from edmonton london: i was pretty young when the army game was on but i do remember i watched it regually and enjoyed it
12 Meryl Heasman from Sheerness Kent: I remember this show which I watched as a small child. I thought Alfie Bass and Bill Fraser were very funny, and in fact, I bought the DVD box set recently, and I still do. Their timing was brilliant, it`s good to see true comedy at it`s best. From Meryl Heasman CATFLAP MUSIC.
11 Richard Fraser from Inverness: I too remember seeing some of the earlier Army Game episodes when they were broadcast in the late fifties. Our school housemaster & his wife used to let us watch it on their TV. Looking at it now though, I'm afraid I only really enjoy it when Bill Fraser is on the screen. His performance is absolutely priceless. The best ever portrayal of a "comic" sergeant major, all bluster, popping eyes and strangulated vowels. Marvellous stuff. I believe Harry Fowler is the only member of the cast still alive.
10 Frederick J. Stephens from Frodsham, Cheshire: We didn't have a telly at home so I used to see the "Army Game" at a pal's house. With a cast of nationally recognised actors, Ted Lune stuck out to me because he had an accent that was very similar to my own (as it was at that time - late 1950s) so he obviously came from the Bury - Bolton area.
Just north of Bolton, in the direction of Skelmersdale, there is the River Lune, I have often wondered if that location was the inspiration for his stage name.
Something else I recall, from about 1960, was a feature article on Ted appearing in a weekly magazine - I think it was called "Weekend" magazine (it came out on Thursdays) - and I recall a photograph showing Ted Lune at the back end of a double-decker bus, and I think that he had been a bus conductor at one time. What I do recall is that he commented about part of the route the bus took and that it was thought to be "the longest penny ride in England". I have since wondered what that route actually was.
I do not suppose that there is much in here to add to Kellie Heyes desire for information about her grandad - only to say that he made me laugh, and forty years on I still get a chuckle when I think about him.
9 Peter Costello from Nottingham: Still very funny. Very timeless comedy. My two boys watch and can't stop laughing/
8 kellie heyes from oxford: My grandfather was Ted Lune. (Private Bone). He died 1 year before I was born. I am anxious to obtain as much information about him as I can, including possibly videos of his appearances.
***Please e-mail kellie with any information you might have***
7 alan banham from kent: I think I was more fortunate than most.My friends` mum worked for the TV company producing the programme and we often has passes to see the show,at studios in Chelsea I believe.We had the good fortune to meet several members of the cast. Ah!Memories.
6 pete from cardiff: i remember the army game as a kid so long ago and so funny would love to see them again
5 David Cumings from Sydney Australia: My favourite Army Game was in the last series where the lads went on strike. It made the front page of Daily Morror because an officer somewhere in Egland banned hi soldtiers from watching it. 'Such things do not happen in the British Army.' Next week the show went back to number 1
With my partner Derek Collyer I wrote that episode.
We wrtote about eight of that series. Still got the scripts in the attic.
4 dennis ready from liverpool: I had the great pleasure of meeting and talking to the late and great norman rossington, he was in a christmas production of a christmas carol in his home town of liverpool, he spoke about the army game and said he enjoyed making the show I also asked him about his time on the set, with Elvis Presley when he was in hollywood, norman told me elvis was a nice fella, he received a telegram off elvis when he signed up for the movie, but lent it to some one to show their friends, he never saw it again, he also starred with the beatles in a film, which when you think about it is a first, two of the biggest icons in pop music.
3 Tony Mitchell from London: I remember the Army game when it was orignally shown with Bill Fraser and Alfie Bass, what a great show, This series with Bill Hartnel really brought some memories. With regards to the theme I have that in the Orignal 78rpm record. They don't make them like that anymore.
2 John Hutchinson from Leeds: Even 40 years or more on it is easy to see why The Army Game was the biggest comedy of its day.
The writing is excellent, the performances equally so, and knowing that it was done live and is now being showb recorded as it was live with all the fluffed lines, falling down props, brilliant thinking on their feet improvisation all adds to the fun.
1 Bob Rochester from Larkfield Kent: It just brings back happy memories of my teenage years. I was 16 when the programe started and 20/21 when it finished. I remember most of the cast but Harry Fowler was a bit older than me and I am sure I came across him in London in the late 50's.I also remember "Cupcake" and Bernard Bresslaw who came to Tottenham where I lived at the time to open a pub. It's funny too that after watching a couple of episodes I can actually remember seeing them firt time around (memory like an elephant-- hmph!;-)
William Hartnell as Sgt Major Percy Bullimore
Michael Medwin as Corporal Springer
Alfie Bass as Private 'Bootsie' Bisley
Norman Rossington as Private 'Cupcake' Cook
Charles Hawtrey as Private 'Professor' Hatchett
Bernard Bresslaw as Private 'Popeye' Popplewell
Bill Fraser as Sgt Major Claude Snudge
Geoffrey Sumner as Major Upshot-Bagley
Bernard Hunter as Captain Pilsworthy
Ted Lune as Private Leonard Bone
Harry Fowler as Corporal 'Flogger' Hoskins
Frank Williams as Captain Pocket
C B Poulter as Major Geoffrey Duckworth
Mario Fabrizi as L/Corporal 'Moosh' Merryweather
Harry Towb as Private Dooley
Robert Desmond as Private Baker
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