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It Ain't Half Hot Mum 

The comic adventures of a group of misfits who form an extremely bad concert party touring the hot and steamy jungles of Burma entertaining the troops during World War II.




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Series cast summary:
Windsor Davies ...  Battery Sergeant-Major 'Shut Up' Williams 56 episodes, 1974-1981
Melvyn Hayes ...  Bombardier 'Gloria' Beaumont / ... 56 episodes, 1974-1981
Donald Hewlett ...  Colonel Charles Reynolds 56 episodes, 1974-1981
Don Estelle ...  Gunner 'Lofty' Sugden 56 episodes, 1974-1981
Michael Knowles ...  Captain Jonathan Ashwood 56 episodes, 1974-1981
Christopher Mitchell ...  Gunner 'Parky' Parkin 56 episodes, 1974-1981
John Clegg ...  Gunner 'Paderewski' Graham 56 episodes, 1974-1981
Stuart McGugan ...  Gunner 'Atlas' Mackintosh 56 episodes, 1974-1981
Dino Shafeek ...  Char Wallah Muhammed 56 episodes, 1974-1981
Mike Kinsey ...  Gunner 'Nosher' Evans 56 episodes, 1974-1981
Kenneth MacDonald ...  Gunner 'Nobby' Clark 56 episodes, 1974-1981
Barbar Bhatti ...  Punka Wallah Rumzan 43 episodes, 1974-1978
Michael Bates ...  Rangi Ram 36 episodes, 1974-1977


The comic adventures of a group of misfits who form an extremely bad concert party touring the hot and steamy jungles of Burma entertaining the troops during World War II.

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Release Date:

3 January 1974 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Это и вполовину не горячая мама See more »

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(56 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some critics viewed the casting of the white actor Michael Bates as the Indian bearer Rangi Ram as an example of blackface, "All Michael Bates wore was a light tan", protested Jimmy Perry in a 2013 interview with the journalist Neil Clark, an admirer of the series. In Clark's opinion, the series "delightfully lampooned the attitudes of the British in India", but is "wrongly attacked by the PC brigade for being racist and homophobic". Such a perception, however, is believed to be at least partly responsible for the programme not being repeated on British television in later years, along with, according to Darren Lee of the British Film Institute's ScreenOnline website, a belief it contains "national stereotyping and occasionally patronizing humor". According to Mark Duguid, writing for the same website, it suffers "from its narrow stereotypes of its handful of Indian supporting characters as alternately servile, foolish, lazy or devious". Its flaws have not stopped it appearing in several "best of" lists. The show's producers had been aware the issues around the casting a white actor to play one of the Indian characters, but relented owing to the lack of suitable Indian actors at the time. Jimmy Perry defended the casting as Bates "spoke fluent Urdu, and was a captain in the Gurkhas". See more »


In early episodes Gunner Graham claims to be educated at Oxford but later on he claims to be educated at Cambridge. See more »


Colonel Reynolds: I shan't forget this, Gunner... Gunner...
Lofty: Sugden, sir.
Colonel Reynolds: That's right.
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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 9 April 2019 (2019) See more »

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Britain Stoops to Conquer
18 October 2019 | by robertguttmanSee all my reviews

When it comes to humor there are few levels to which the British will not stoop and, In "It Ain't Half Hot, Mum", Britain stoops to conquer humor in India. David Croft was in charge, so be warned not to expect Merchant-Ivory class or Bollywood sophistication. "It Ain't Half Hot, Mum" is a prime example of low British humor, which means that there are few depths below which they will not descend for the sake of a laugh. Not that the show isn't screamingly funny, it is. It is simply that you will hate yourself for laughing at it.

The series is set on a British Army base in India in 1945, during the closing days of World War II, A group of soldiers are trying to evade active duty at the front by serving in an entertainment unit. Their world is further polluted by a Colonel, a Captain, a Sergeant-Major and a group of Indian servants.

All of the characters are portrayed in the broadest possible manner. If "It Ain't Half Hot, Mum" had been produced in the U.S. (not that it ever could have been) the network would have been compelled to cancel it after the very first episode due to a veritable avalanche of protests from Indian civil rights organizations and LGBT defense groups.

That being said, it must also be conceded that "I's Not Half Hot, Mum" is very well written, impeccably performed and screamingly funny. It you don't mind politically incorrect humor, the kind where you hate yourself for laughing, but laugh anyway, this will be just your cup of tea.

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