The BEST episodes of Dad's Army season 3

Every episode of Dad's Army season 3, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Dad's Army season 3!

Introducing the Walmington-On-Sea home guard, a bunch of hapless old and young men who have kept people all over the world very amused for the past thirty seven years. Creator/Writers David Croft and Jimmy Perry made each episode of Dad's Army as funny as the previous one, with an element of humour which has survived decades. It has the most memorable catch phrases of any sitcom and due to our fondness of it, it's probably the most re-run show ever. The BBC keep an episode of it queued up in case of a fault at TV centre and it even successfully invaded the big screen with a memorable, well loved Dad's Army feature film made by Columbia pictures.

Last Updated: 5/2/2024Network: BBC OneStatus: Ended
Battle School
71 votes

#1 - Battle School

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/18/1969

The platoon travel to a secret location to be trained at a battle school. After a long train journey and a march in which they get hopelessly lost, they arrive late and end up missing two meals and the third is virtually inedible. Starving and tired the platoon take on the assault course in which they try their best to get back at Mainwaring for getting them lost. The platoon then have to capture the 'enemy's camp' held by Captain Rodrigues and his men. This task looks impossible but can Mainwaring save the day and win back the respect of his troops? Meanwhile Walker tries to raid the nearby farm to get food for his starving comrades.

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Something Nasty in the Vault
67 votes

#2 - Something Nasty in the Vault

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/9/1969

During an air raid an unexploded bomb lands on the bank Mainwaring and Wilson find where the bomb has landed and secure it until the bomb disposal people arrive.

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Room at the Bottom
63 votes

#3 - Room at the Bottom

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/16/1969

Capt Mainwaring is found not to have held the Kings Commission so he is reduced to the ranks and Sgt Wilson takes over command of the platoon After a disastrous war game against the Eastgate Platoon his men ask the Colonel for him to be reinstated

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Sons of the Sea
61 votes

#4 - Sons of the Sea

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/11/1969

Captain Mainwaring comes up with the idea of small armed patrols to wreak havoc with the enemy, using a small repossessed boat the bank has acquired. After a practice on the river they get lost in the fog and they think they have drifted across the Channel and are about to be captured by the Germans, but they are in for a shock when they find out where they really are.

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No Spring for Frazer
30 votes

#5 - No Spring for Frazer

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/4/1969

The search begins for a spring clip for a Lewis gun that Frazer has lost while he was cleaning it. The trail leads them through Frazer's workshop to a Funeral Director, to Mr. Bluett's dining room table, to a graveyard. The platoon stop at nothing, committing various crimes including house breaking and grave robbing to get the clip back. But will they find it in time to save Frazer from a court-martial?

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The Bullet is Not for Firing
99 votes

#6 - The Bullet is Not for Firing

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/2/1969

When a low flying German aircraft. attacks Warmington On Sea. the platoon under the command of Lance Cpl Jones, fire at the aircraft, and use up all their ammunition. Mainwaring is furious, and orders an investigation.

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Menace from the Deep
68 votes

#7 - Menace from the Deep

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/13/1969

The platoon are assigned guard duty on an isolated, disused pier for a week. However thanks to Pike's poor judgment over what to tie the boat too, they end up stranded with no contact with the mainland and no food. Attempts at Morse code only prompt Hodges to pursue the platoon to get them to 'Put that light out!' and he ends up stranded himself. If that wasn't enough Jones spots a mine has floated under the pier, but does Hodges have a solution that'll 'bowl them over'?

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War Dance
65 votes

#8 - War Dance

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/6/1969

The platoon hold a dance where Pike is going to announce his engagement to a local girl Sgt Wilson tries to get him to change his mind but Pike will not be put off.

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The Day the Balloon Went Up
64 votes

#9 - The Day the Balloon Went Up

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/30/1969

The platoon captures a runaway barrage balloon and while trying to secure it Capt Mainwaring is carried aloft

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Big Guns
99 votes

#10 - Big Guns

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/23/1969

The platoon have taken charge of a large field gun and have to learn how to use it

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The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones
83 votes

#11 - The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/11/1969

Mainwaring is under orders to be more cooperative with the A.R.P. wardens. A task that's made very difficult by their newly appointed Chief. Walker strikes a deal with Jones to make it easier for him to carry rationed goods without being stopped by the police - he is to let the platoon use his butchers van as a troop carrier and ambulance by day and let Walker use it by night. He bribes Jones with the promise that Jones will receive petrol coupons for it. Unfortunately things don't entirely go to plan...

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The Lion Has Phones
71 votes

#12 - The Lion Has Phones

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/25/1969

Capt Mainwaring teaches the platoon the tactical use of the phone system when a German plane crashes into the towns reservoir. Because Mainwaring and Wilson cannot decide what to do it is left to Walker to come up with a plan to make the Germans surrender

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Man Hunt
62 votes

#13 - Man Hunt

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/27/1969

The platoon are told to be on the lookout for any parachutes found lying about so Walker tells Mainwaring that he has found one. They also take on a dog which they use to track an escaped German pilot but accidently arrest a bird watcher

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61 votes

#14 - Branded

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/20/1969

Godfrey asks to leave the platoon because he doesn't want to fight Mainwaring is furious and the rest of the platoon shun him until they find out that he was a hero from the first war So he rejoins the platoon as medical orderly

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