Harry Potter - 16th October 2018
The First World War, 2018 - 13th September 2018
The Old Vic - 30th August 2018
Captain Cook and Endeavour - 16th August 2018
Hampton Court Palace - 31st July 2018
South Front - Built for William III and Mary II by Sir Christopher Wren, the South Front overlooks the Privy Garden
West Front - The grand Tudor architecture of Wolsey’s Great Gatehouse is a notable feature of the West Front.
East Front - Designed in the same Baroque style as the South Front, the East Front overlooks the Great Fountain Garden.
Pond Gardens - The pools in these gardens originally held freshwater fish, such as carp, which were eaten at Tudor banquets
Maze - Hampton Court Palace’s Maze was planted in the late 17th century and is the world’s oldest hedge maze.
Great Fountain Garden - This ornate garden was simplified by Queen Anne, who was keen to reduce expenditure on the royal gardens.
The enormous Great Hall was a communal eating-place for the Tudor court and the setting for parties, and staging plays by Wm Shakespeare for James I.
Principally a ceremonial room, the King’s Great Bedchamber was rarely used for sleeping in, but often for welcoming and impressing visitors.
Henry VIII took over Cardinal Wolsey’s Chapel at Hampton Court and transformed it in to his Chapel Royal during his great rebuilding of the palace in 1535–6.
The King’s Staircase was the official route into the King’s Apartments, although intimate friends of the monarch would be invited up the smaller and less public backstairs used by the servants instead.
Dad's Army - 26th June 2018
CAPTAIN MAINWARING - 1st
Played by Arthur Lowe. The pompous, if essentially brave and unerringly patriotic local bank manager, Mainwaring appointed himself leader of his town’s contingent of Local Defence Volunteers. He had been a lieutenant in the First World War, but is embarrassed by the fact that he never saw combat, being sent to France only in 1919 after the Armistice and then part of the Army of Occupation in Germany.
SERGEANT WILSON - 2nd
Played by John Le Mesurier, a diffident, upper-class chief bank clerk who would quietly question Mainwaring’s judgement (“Do you think that’s wise, Sir?”). Wilson actually had served as a Captain during the First World War, but he only reveals this in the final episode. He does not live with the Pike family but is implied to be in a relationship with the widowed Mrs Pike (and sometimes hinted to be Private Pike’s father) although this is never explicitly stated.
LANCE CORPORAL JONES - 1st
Played by Clive Dunn. The local butcher, born in 1870. Jones was an old campaigner who enlisted as a drummer boy at age 14 and participated, as a boy soldier, in the Gordon Relief Expedition of 1884–85 and, as a man soldier, in Kitchener’s campaign in the Sudan in 1896–98. Jones also served during the Boer War and the Great War. He often suffers from the effects of malaria caught during one of his campaigns, and has to be calmed during his ‘shudders’. Often seen as fastidious and old, he is the world’s worst worrier and has a catch phrase of ‘They don’t like it up ‘em!’ when referencing any potential Nazi attack. Dunn was considerably younger than his character, being only 48 at the start of filming. This allowed him to take part in some of the more physical comedy of the show.
PRIVATE FRASER - £1.45
Played by John Laurie. A dour Scottish undertaker and a former Chief Petty Officer on HMS Defiant in the Royal Navy. He served at the Battle of Jutland as a ship’s cook and also has a medal for having served on Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition. Fraser Lived on the Isle of Mingulay. His catchphrase was “We’re doomed. Doomed!”
PRIVATE WALKER - £1.45
Played by James Beck. A black market spiv, Walker was one of only two able-bodied men of military age in Walmington-on-Sea’s Home Guard (the other was Private Pike). Walker was not called up to the regular army because of an allergy to corned beef. Following Beck’s death in 1973 Walker was cut out of the series.
PRIVATE GODFREY - £1.55
Played by Arnold Ridley. A retired shop assistant, Godfrey had worked at the Army & Navy Store in London. He lives in Walmington with his elderly sisters and serves as the platoon’s medical orderly. He often gets “caught short” and needs to “be excused”. A conscientious objector during the First World War, he was nevertheless awarded the Military Medal for heroic actions as a combat medic during the Battle of the Somme.
PRIVATE PIKE - 2nd
Played by Ian Lavender. The youngest of the platoon, a cosseted mother’s boy, often wearing a thick scarf over his uniform to prevent illness and a frequent target for Mainwaring’s derision (“You stupid boy!”). Pike is not called up to the regular army due to his rare blood group. He works for Mainwaring in his day job as an assistant bank clerk. He frequently addresses Sgt. Wilson as “Uncle Arthur”.
CHIEF WARDEN HODGES - £1.55
Played by Bill Pertwee. The platoon’s major rival and nemesis, Mainwaring looks down on him as the local greengrocer and dislikes that Hodges saw active service in the Great War. As an Air Raid Precautions (ARP) Warden, he is always demanding that people “put that light out”.
The perfect Souvenir or gift – this fully illustrated Pack has been written by historian and television comedy expert Graham McCann and includes rarely seen photographs from behind the scenes.
• Includes all eight Stamps from the set.
• Features profiles of the actors who appear on the stamps.
£9.00 (incl VAT)
Royal Academy of Arts - 5th June 2018
The Royal Wedding - 19th May 2018
OWLS - 11th May 2018
|Stamp||Barn Owl, 1st|
|Little Owl, 1st|
|Tawny Owl, 1st|
|Short-eared Owl, 1st|
|Long-eared Owl, 1st|
|Barn Owl, juvenile, 1st|
|Little Owl, juvenile, 1st|
|Tawny Owl, juvenile, 1st|
|Short-eared Owl, juvenile, 1st|
|Long-eared Owl, juvenile, 1st|
Also known as the ‘white owl’ and the ‘screech owl’, the Barn Owl is perhaps the UK’s most familiar owl species.
This small, long-legged owl with its bright yellow eyes, white-spotted brown plumage and fiercely frowning expression is common in continental Europe, but not native to the UK.
The lovely quavering hoot of the Tawny Owl is a familiar night-time sound in woodland, parks and even gardens, but although this is the UK’s most common owl, it is rarely seen, being strictly nocturnal.
A true nomad, the Short-eared Owl is one of the most widely distributed birds in the world, occurring on all continents except Antarctica.
This beautiful, slim, orange-eyed owl is named after its large, cat-like ear tufts, which help to break up its outline as it roosts by day.
REINTRODUCED SPECIES - 17th April 2018
Since 1800 it is estimated that more than 400 species of animals and plants have become extinct in the UK. There are many reasons for this, including loss and degradation of habitat and species becoming increasingly isolated from neighbouring populations. But this does not have to be the end of the story. Several successful reintroduction programmes have brought species back to their native lands from other countries and this collection is a celebration of the successful reintroduction of various flora and fauna across the UK.
|Large Blue Butterfly, 1st|
|Eurasian Beaver, £1.45|
|Pool Frog, £1.45|
|Stinking Hawks-beard, £1.55|
|Sand Lizard, £1.55|
The RAF Centenary - 20th March 2018
Votes for Women - February 15th 2018