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WikiProject Dad's Army
General information (edit · changes)
Things you can do (edit)
  1. Restore the main Dad's Army page to Good Article status.
  2. Improve individual episode articles with real-world references.
  3. Improve "list of Dad's Army characters" to avoid unreferenced statements.

Some Wikipedians have formed a project to better organize information in articles related to Dad's Army. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page and see the to do list there.

This WikiProject's primary goal is to improve and organize articles relating to the BBC television sitcom Dad's Army. This project would like to produce well written and researched articles about this popular television series. Since completing its main goal of a page for every episode, the project's main goal is now improving the main Dad's Army page, and the most visible pages about the series.


The Wikiproject was founded in 2006, and was successful in creating pages for every episode of the popular series, as well as many of the characters. In addition, for a while the main Dad's Army page was listed as a good article and the List of Dad's Army episodes continues to be a Featured List.

Since completing its main goal of a page for every episode, the project has slowed down somewhat, and has now moved to work on the significant articles about the series - specifically those listed in the Dad's Army template - the TV show, episode list, stage show and film. We would strongly advise against creating any more individual character articles unless they are properly referenced to the many books/websites available on the series. This is especially true for minor characters, whose entries on the List of Dad's Army characters should be improved first.

Thus, the project's main goal is now improving the main Dad's Army page, and the most visible pages about the series.


Related pages in Sister projects[edit]


For a full list of all the participants see WikiProject Dad's Army/Participants. If you would like to join please add your name to the active participants list.


TV and Radio Episodes[edit]

All episodes must have an infobox in the style of template below. Also, they must have a brief synopsis, a fully detailed plot, and ending details. The page must also include a list of the main cast, e.g. Mainwaring, Mrs Pike, the Vicar etc., but not extras, for example the back rows of the platoon. Finally, you may add any notes that you believe are important about the episode in question. For example: This episode is lost or this episode was meant to be broadcast on the... or perhaps even trivia, such as the specific filming locations. Please use The Man and the Hour (first episode of Dad's army) page as a guide.

For a full describtion of what should be in each section of the episode pages see WikiProject Dad's Army/Episode Structure.


  1. To create detailed pages on all Dad's Army TV and radio episodes.
  2. Improve all articles so they may get nominated as a GA or a FA.

Adopt an article[edit]

Similar to the Collaboration of the week, but on a smaller scale, you might want to "adopt" an article. This would involve doing the research, writing, and picture-taking (if possible) for either a non-existent article or a stub. Of course, everyone else can still edit an adopted article, and you can work on other things too, but the idea is to find a focus for a while, to try and build up the number of quality articles the Project has produced.



Episode Infobox[edit]

"Keep Young and Beautiful"
Dad's Army episode
Episode no. Series Five
Episode 042
Directed by David Croft
Story by Jimmy Perry and David Croft
Produced by David Croft
Original air date Friday 13/10/72 8.30pm
(recorded Friday 9/6/72)
Running time 30 minutes
Episode chronology
← Previous
"Asleep in the Deep"
Next →
"A Soldier's Farewell"

This is how the userbox should be filed in twice on each episode page (one for the TV episode and one for the audio episode, for information on what the page should look like and where the infoboxes go take a look at The Desperate Drive of Corporal Jones page). If you want the original template go to {{Infobox television episode}}. If you need any help using it then just click on the link to the template and on the page there is a usage box which you just need to copy and fill in.

Character Infobox[edit]

Captain George Mainwaring
Dad's Army character
[[File:Captain George Mainwaring.png|frameless]]
First appearance The Man and the Hour
Last appearance Never Too Old
Portrayed by Arthur Lowe
Occupation Bank Manager
Affiliated with Home Guard

This is how the userbox should be filed in on each character page. If you want the original template go to {{Infobox character}}. For an example page on how this infobox should be used see List of characters in Dad's Army and click on any of the character names for the infobox, it's best to click on one of the main character pages i.e. platoon members, as they definitely all have complete infoboxes. If you need any help using it then just click on the link to the template and on the page there is a usage box which you just need to copy and fill in.

Stub templates[edit]

It is recommended that this stub notice be placed on any article that you believe requires expansion.

Code: {{DadsArmy-tv-stub}}


See also the associated stub category Category:Dad's Army stubs

Link templates[edit]

A box of links to connected articles to be placed on the bottom of each Dad's Army page.

Code: {{Dad's Army}}


Project notice[edit]

This is the project notice, designed to be placed in the talk page of any article that has been edited as part of this Wikiproject.

Code: {{WikiProject Television|class=|importance=|dads-army=|dads-army-importance=}}


WikiProject Television / Dad's Army (Rated Project-class)
WikiProject iconThis page is within the scope of WikiProject Television, a collaborative effort to develop and improve Wikipedia articles about television programs. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page where you can join the discussion.
 Project  This page does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.
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This page is supported by the Dad's Army task force.


This is a userbox that any members can put on their userpage to tell people that they are a member of this project.

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{{User:Mollsmolyneux/WPDad's Army}}
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Dad's Army WikiProject.



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Wikipedia articles on Dad's Army[edit]

List of project achievements (up to 2009)[edit]

  1. To convince the Wikipedia Admins to approve the {{DadsArmy-tv-stub}}. Yes check.svg Done
  2. Advertise the project to encourage at least 10 more people to join. Yes check.svg Done
  3. Create a page for each and every Dad's Army TV episode and add a plot for it.
  4. Main Dad's Army page is now listed as a good article. Yes check.svg Done
  5. Complete the big push see talk archive 1. Yes check.svg Done
  6. Splitting the Dad's Army page up, for example put the characters, film and stage show on a separate page. Yes check.svg Done
  7. Place {{dadsarmy}} on every related article, and {{Dadsarmyproject}} on every related Dad's Army talk page.Yes check.svg Done
  8. Improve the It Sticks Out Half a Mile page. Yes check.svg Done
  9. Create a page for the Stage Show. Yes check.svg Done
  10. Improve the biography of David Croft.Yes check.svg Done
  11. Improve Walmington-on-Sea article.Yes check.svg Done

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