The Miser’s Hoard
“The Miser’s Hoard”
Dad’s Army episode
Jimmy Perry and David Croft
Original air date
23 October 1977
(recorded 24 June 1977)
“Knights of Madness”
The Miser’s Hoard is the fourth episode of the ninth series of the British comedy series Dad’s Army that was originally transmitted on 23 October 1977.
Frazer gleefully counts up his profits for the week as he plans to use most of it to invest in more gold sovereigns, many of which he keeps in a box. Doctor Macavity unexpectedly drops in to inform Frazer that one of his patients will soon need Frazer’s services (i.e. he’s died) and accidentally knocks over the box, revealing Frazer’s secret stash.
Doctor Macavity informs Mainwaring of Frazer’s hoard at the bank the next day, worried that any theft or loss of the gold would have devastating effects on Frazer’s health. Mainwaring agrees that Frazer shouldn’t keep the sovereigns in his house and resolves to convince the stingy Scotsman to sell them and buy an annuity at the bank (furiously denouncing Wilson’s suggestion that Mainwaring is motivated by the fact that he, as bank manager, would profit from this). Deciding to raise the matter subtly, Mainwaring gives the whole platoon a lecture about how they should keep their money and valuables in the bank, again insisting that any profit for him is not part of the issue. Unfortunately, Frazer sees through Mainwaring’s hints and rushes off, vowing he’ll never let anyone, least of all Mainwaring, get his gold.
Word of Frazer’s hidden wealth soon spreads and is discussed at length in Hodges’ grocer shop by Hodges, Verger Yateman and Vicar Farthing (who wants to persuade Frazer to donate towards restoring the church). Frazer then misses parade, prompting the platoon to go looking for him (as this involves going to several pubs, Wilson ends up severely drunk) – after they come back unsuccessful, Frazer defiantly phones Mainwaring, saying he’ll hide the sovereigns where nobody will ever find them. Inspired by Pike remembering a film about a miser who buried his gold, Mainwaring assigns some of the platoon to stake out Frazer’s house, sure he’ll do it that night. Much later, Frazer is spotted leaving his house by both the platoon and Hodges (who’s out on air raid patrol). Followed secretly by the p