I've always liked this 70s ITV sitcom. I've got the complete set on DVD and still laugh at them. Tony Selby is great as Corporal Marsh. The 5th series wasn't as good as the first 4 series as Karl Howman was a poor replacement for Robert Lindsay as Jakey Smith and the scripts were poorer.
Tony Selby was Jack in 'Bury My Half At Waltham Green' and 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Worst Enemy' and Muldoon in 'Days Of Fines And Closures'. He was born in Lambeth, London which is where I was born.
Used to watch this with my mum and dad. They actually met while serving in the RAF so I think there was a strong nostalgia factor for them. I remember enjoying it and Tony Selby's performance really stood out. I seem to recall him turning up on The Generation Game in character and drilling a real life military band. "My name is Corporal Marsh! That's Marsh, spelled B-*-S-T-*-R-D". What a trouper.
He was in recent horror film Cockneys vs Zombies with a a host of 60/70s famous faces: Richard Briers, Dudley Sutton, Honor Blackman. Surprisingly good fun.
Used to watch this regularly when it was first on - and laugh my head off. Never seen it since and doubt it would make me laugh today. I see the fellow who played Leckie in Get Some In turned up in Jonahtan Strange & Mr Norrell recently.
Recently read 'National Service' by Colin Shindler (an author and screenwriter as well as an academic who produced 'Lovejoy' among other things). A very entertaining book about some of the bizarre things that young men in Great Britain were subjected to via National Service up to 1962. But it reminded me also of this show which is obviously dated for modern viewers but is actually very funny and still an enjoyable watch.
Yes I woud recommend this show. It is very funny, very well written and an accurate representation of National Service in the RAF. Tony Selby is excellent as Corporal Marsh as are the four main characters (Robert Lindsay. Brian Pettifer, David Janson, and Gerard Ryder). It must be one of the best ITV comedies from the 1970s. It compares very well with something like 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum', probably funnier than that I would say. There is a good supply of visiting actors with Simon Callow turning up as a Ted in one episode in the first series - one of his first television roles. George Baker plays a Wing Commander in one episode. Just looking at IMDB I see that the visiting cast includes people like Roy Kinnear, Don Henderson, Paul Eddington, Alfred Marks, Roger Brierly and others. I have watched a few episodes on You Tube but see that Network currently has all five series for £14.40 which is good value even without waiting for a sale. I used to watch it when it was first shown but it didn't make much of an impact then, but certainly having watched three or four episodes again I find it very funny.