|Dad's Army character|
|Private Joe Walker|
|Affiliated with||Home Guard|
|Occupation||Black market spiv|
|First appearance||The Man and the Hour|
|Last appearance||Things that Go Bump in the Night|
|Portrayed by||TV Series:James Beck|
Radio Series:James Beck, Graham Stark and Larry Martyn
Private Joe Walker is a fictional black market spiv (or Wholesales Supplier, as he politely puts it) and Home Guard platoon member portrayed by actor James Beck on the BBC television sitcom Dad's Army. This is a list of primary and significant recurring characters who were featured in the BBC Sitcom Dad's Army, which ran from 1968 The Man and the Hour was the first episode of the British sitcom Dad's Army, one of the most popular ever UK television programmes Things That Go Bump in the Night is the sixth episode of the sixth series of the British Television Sitcom Dad's Army that was originally Stanley James Beck ( 21 February Stanley James Beck ( 21 February Graham Stark (born 20 January 1922, Wallasey, England) is an English comedian actor writer and director Lawrence "Larry" Martyn ( 22 March 1934 - 7 August 1994) was an English Actor known for his comedy performances Spiv is a British word for a particular kind of petty criminal who deals in stolen goods or fraudulent sales especially a well-dressed man offering goods at bargain prices The British Home Guard (initially "Local Defence Volunteers" or LDV, or in slang Look-Duck-Vanish, hence the name change was a defence Stanley James Beck ( 21 February Dad’s Army is a British sitcom about the Home Guard in the Second World War. James Beck died in 1973, and thus is featured in just under three-quarters of the episodes. Despite this, the character of Walker was possibly one of the most prominent and popular in the show. Following his character's departure the series attempted to replace him a war reporter called Mr. Cheeseman (played by Talfryn Thomas) who had made a previous cameo appearance in My British Buddy. My British Buddy is the second episode of the sixth series of the British Television Sitcom Dad's Army that was originally transmitted on Wednesday
Walker was the second youngest member of the platoon, the youngest being Pike. This page is on the fictional BBC sitcom character For the former Canadian national team soccer coach see Frank Pike (soccer. A pleasant and amiable (if slightly shifty) personality, Joe Walker is nevertheless a constant thorn in Mainwaring's side as he doesn't share his idealism and makes cheeky and witty interruptions during his serious lectures. Captain George Mainwaring (pronounced 'Mannering' is a fictional Bank Manager and Home Guard Platoon commander portrayed by However, despite this he is good-natured and loyal to his commanding officer and platoon comrades, and is a valuable asset to the platoon, due to his many "business" connections and his ability to mysteriously conjure up almost anything that is rationed or no longer in the shops due to the War - and he will also have it in vast supply (for a price). He also demonstrates keen improvisational skills and cunning; as a result, owing to these attributes and his cheerful willingness to use tactics that Mainwaring might not consider to be 'cricket', he is usually responsible for getting the platoon out of many of the scrapes that they find themselves in. Cricket is a bat-and-ball team Sport that originated in England and is now played in more than 100 countries He is constantly on the lookout for opportunities to make a few bob, and can normally be found trying to sell such things as petrol coupons and black market foodstuffs to his platoon comrades, usually at high prices and from dubious sources.
Walker considers himself a ladies' man, and his recurring girlfriend Shirley (played by Wendy Richards), is seen in several episodes. Wendy Richard MBE (born Wendy Emerton on 20 July 1943) is an English actress best known for playing Miss Brahms In the platoon, he mostly associates with Jones, Pike and Frazer. Lance Corporal Jack Jones is a fictional Home Guard platoon Lance-corporal, veteran of the British Empire and butcher portrayed by Clive Dunn
He is supposedly allergic to corned beef, and this is given as the reason why he has not been called up for the regular army, although it is generally assumed that he has found a way to dodge the rules. This allergy was exposed in the episode The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker, which has since been lost from the BBC's archives. TV episode The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker is an episode in the British comedy series Dad's Army. He was conscripted, only to be discharged when it was found that corned beef fritters were the only rations left for the soldiers to eat.
Walker's final appearance was in the episode Things That Go Bump in the Night, where the platoon spent the night in a mysterious house. Things That Go Bump in the Night is the sixth episode of the sixth series of the British Television Sitcom Dad's Army that was originally In fact he is only seen in the location shots, filmed some time before the studio recording. Beck was ill for the recordings of both this episode and the next, The Recruit, in which the story suggested that Walker had "gone to the smoke" (a then-common expression for London) to "do a deal". The Recruit is the seventh episode of the sixth series of the British Television Sitcom Dad's Army that was originally transmitted on London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. After Beck's death, Walker was never mentioned again in the show after this (though the character survived the war; the very first episode begins with a scene set in 1968, as Mainwaring, now an alderman, launches his "I'm Backing Britain" campaign - Walker is seen as one of the town worthies present at the launch). An alderman is a member of a municipal assembly or council in many jurisdictions " I'm Backing Britain " was a brief patriotic campaign aimed at boosting the British economy which flourished in early 1968
In the radio adaptations of the series, Graham Stark stood in until Larry Martyn gave his portrayal of Walker for subsequent shows. Graham Stark (born 20 January 1922, Wallasey, England) is an English comedian actor writer and director Lawrence "Larry" Martyn ( 22 March 1934 - 7 August 1994) was an English Actor known for his comedy performances In 1976 John Bardon played Walker in the stage production. Year 1976 ( MCMLXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. John Bardon, (born John Michael Jones, 25 August 1939 in Brentford, Middlesex) is an English stage and Television Jimmy Perry originally intended to play the part himself, but was advised against it by David Croft. Jimmy Perry OBE (born 9 September 1923in Barnes, London) is an English Writer and Actor, most famous for devising