Then Churchill Said to Me

Then Churchill Said to Me is a television comedy series starring Frankie Howerd and Nicholas Courtney. Made in 1982, the series was not screened until 1993.

Then Churchill Said To Me
Written byMaurice Sellar and Lou Jones
Directed byMartin Shardlow
StarringFrankie Howerd
Nicholas Courtney
Joanna Dunham
Theme music composerRonnie Hazlehurst
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Producer(s)Roger Race
Original networkUK Gold
Original release1 March (1993-03-01) 
5 April 1993 (1993-04-05)


The comedy is set in Winston Churchill's secret underground wartime bunker. Howerd plays a soldier named Private Potts who, according to the DVD's cover, "acts as a batman to a group of officers". Like the character of Lurcio in the popular Up Pompeii!, he is hell-bent on avoiding work and gets into various scrapes as a result.

The premise of the show was similar in content to the previous Howerd vehicles (see also Whoops Baghdad) but in a more contemporary setting. In one episode Private Potts is revealed to be a doppelganger of a high-ranking general, also portrayed by Howerd, echoing storylines from these series and their big screen adaptations.

Transmission and commercial release

The series was made in 1982 but was not shown at the time due to the outbreak of the Falklands War. The programme was deemed unsuitable for transmission owing to its setting. It was first broadcast by the satellite channel UK Gold in 1993, and was finally broadcast on BBC Two in 2000.

All six episodes were released by the BBC on VHS in 1993 and subsequently on DVD, on its own in July 2006 and as part of a Frankie Howerd box-set in October 2006, which also included Up Pompeii! (which never got its own individual DVD release) and a previously-released compilation of Howerd's best moments including clips and interview material.

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