A colossal success in its day, The Army Game featured the humorous shenanigans of a mismatched bunch of National Service conscripts assigned to the Surplus Ordnance Department at Nether Hopping. The series - which ran for 154 episodes over five years - features the talents of Alfie Bass as Private "Excused Boots" Bisley and Bill Fraser as Sgt. Major Snudge. After the first episode in June 1957, rapidly became a national phenomenon (spawning a spin-off series. movies and even a hit single!).