Fairly Secret Army (1984): S01E02 – Operation Charm


Fairly Secret Army is a British sitcom which ran to thirteen episodes over two series between 1984 and 1986.

Though not a direct spin-off from The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, the lead character, Major Harry Truscott, was very similar to Geoffrey Palmer’s character of Jimmy in that series, and the scripts were written by Reginald Perrin’s creator and writer David Nobbs.


Beamish’s sister is Nancy, the woman Harry met on the railroad tracks. She owns the house they want to make HQ for the secret army. Beamish calls it “Operation Charm” and gives Harry money to take her to dinner to get her on side. They also have to let her join the army if she says yes. Meanwhile, Harry assumes she will say yes and invites 3 recruits to the house for the weekend. Nancy realises that he is not there for a visit, but is in her house to set up a secret army. After several dinners out, she gives in.

Fairly Secret Army Series

You can find a full index and overview of Fairly Secret Army here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 29 October 1984.
  • Running Time: 30 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: PG.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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