TV Army Game, The (ITV 1957-1961, Alfie Bass, William Hartnell) Published 3 years ago on June 11, 2016 Extremely popular early comedy The Army Game was set in Hut 29 of the Surplus Ordnance Depot at Nether Hopping, somewhere in remotest Staffordshire, and featured the exploits of a mixed bag of army conscripts. At the forefront were Pte. ‘Bootsie’ Bisley, so named because he was allowed to wear plimsolls instead of boots; Pte. Hatchett, who knitted to pass the time and was known as The Professor’; Liverpudlian Pte. ‘Cupcake’ Cook, taking his name from the many food parcels his mother sent him; gormless Pte. Topeye’ Popplewell; and their Cockney spiv ringleader, Cpl. Springer. Trying to knock them into shape were the bellowing Sgt-Major Bullimore and then (when future doctor who Bill Hartnell left to star in the very similar Carry On Sergeant) the pompous Sgt Claude Snudge. Toffee-nosed dimwit Major Upshot-Bagley was nominal head of the camp. There were many personnel changes in the series’ four-year run. Upshot-Bagleywas replaced by other commandants (Pilsworthy, Duckworth and Pocket) and new conscripts were brought in. Popeye was succeeded by the equally dense Pte. Bone, Springer by another chirpy Londoner, Tlogger’ Hoskins, and other new arrivals included ‘Chubby’ Catchpole, Lance-Corporal Ernie Merryweather and Privates Dooley and Baker. Of the characters that remained, some changed actors. Barry Took and Marty Feldman were among the numerous writers involved. The Army Game was originally transmitted live once a fortnight, though when its popularity increased it switched to once a week. In 1958, the series engendered a spin-off film, I Only Arsked (based on Popeye’s catchphrase). In the same year the signature tune of the Army Game was a top five hit for Michael Medwin, Bernard Bresslaw, Alfie Bass and Leslie Fyson, and in 1960 a sequel series, Bootsie and Snudge, was produced. production details UK / ITV – Granada / 154×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 19 June 1957 – 20 June 1961 Creator: Sid Colin / Producers: Peter Eton, Eric Fawcett, Milo Lewis, cast ALFIE BASS as Excused Boots Bisley (Seasons 1-4) GEOFFREY SUMNER as Major Upshot-Bagley (Seasons 1,2,5) WILLIAM HARTNELL as Sgt Maj Percy Bullimore(Seasons 1,2,5) MICHAEL MEDWIN as Cpl Springer (Seasons 1-3) BERNARD BRESSLAW as Popeye Popplewell (Seasons 1-2) NORMAN ROSSINGTON as Cupcake Cook (Seasons 1-3) KEITH BANKS as Cupcake BILL FRASER as Sgt Maj Claude Snudge (Seasons S2-4) TED LUNE as Pte Leonard Bone (Seasons 3-5) HARRY FOWLER as Cpl Flogger Hoskina (Seasons 3-5) DICK EMERY as Pte Chubby Catchpole (Season 5) MARIO FABRIZI as Ernest ‘Moosh’ Merryweather Alfie BassBernard BresslawBill FraserDick EmeryEric FawcettGeoffrey SumnerGranadaHarry FowlerITVMichael MedwinMilo LewisNorman RossingtonPeter EtonSid ColinSitcomsTVWilliam Hartnell Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes21 hours ago Big Texas Fix: Dream House (S1EP7 DIY Sat 25 May 2019) Dream House: Michael and Ashley stumble upon a pre-1900s Victorian home after doing some curbside dumpster diving, so they hit... 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