The Telegraph is walking something of a fine line, trying to balance two causes it feels strongly about: supporting the 'No' campaign in the Scottish referendum and doing the BBC down at every opportunity.
The problem is, these two causes are hardly complementary, not least because the 'Yes' campaign is also intent on criticising the BBC for alleged bias in its campaign coverage. But The Telegraph was powerless to resist the suggestion the BBC had handpicked an episode of Dad's Army in an attempt to undermine the 'Yes' campaign. The paper quotes an unnamed 'Yes' campaigner:
“A total of 80 episodes of Dad’s Army were made by the corporation – and which one does it choose to show on the Saturday ahead of the vote?... The one in which Frazer tells Mainwaring that he can run the platoon better than him, is put in charge and then makes a total mess of things. Thank you very much, Auntie Beeb."
Fans of Dad's Army may point out Captain Mainwaring was hardly portrayed as a great leader either, prone as he was to blundering from calamity to calamity in every episode. They might also point out it was supposed to be a comedy, not a documentary.
The article then quotes one of the few surviving cast members of Dad's Army, adding his two-penneth in support of a 'No' vote:
"Frank Williams, who plays the Rev Timothy Farthing in the series, doesn’t believe that the BBC timed the episode to make a point, but he says that he is not himself in favour of Scottish independence."
For which Williams was thanked with a plug for his one-man-show.