Dear Arthur, Love John
Comedy drama looking at the making of Dad's Army and the friendship between stars Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier
- Comedy Drama
- BBC Radio 4
- Robert Daws, Anton Lesser, Kenny Ireland, James Lance and Matt Addis
- Roy Smiles
- Liz Anstee
It is 1982 and as John writes to Arthur to say how much he misses him, the story flashes back to Dad's Army: the first read through, the reaction to getting 21 million viewers, Lowe's hatred of being recognised by the public, the rivalry between John Laurie and Arnold Ridley, Lowe's hostility to Clive Dunn and socialism; the affection Le Mesurier had for them all, particularly Jimmy Beck, and how, after initial snobbery about the show, the cast came to realise it was the best time of their lives.
Lowe and Le Mesurier were men of wildly different temperaments, yet bonded while working together on the series over the course of its nine-year run and became fast friends. Anton Lesser will play John Le Mesurier in the drama, while Robert Daws will play Arthur Lowe.
- Production company
- First broadcast
- Monday 7th May 2012 on BBC Radio 4 at 2:15pm
- Episode length
- 45 minutes
- Last repeat
- Thursday 20th April 2017 at 11:15am on Radio 4 Extra