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Dad's Army. Image shows from L to R: Private Godfrey (Arnold Ridley), Lance Corporal Jones (Clive Dunn), Private Walker (James Beck), Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe), Private Frazer (John Laurie), Sergeant Wilson (John Le Mesurier), Private Pike (Ian Lavender).

Dad's Army

BBC One sitcom about a home guard unit. 80 episodes (9 series), 1968 - 1977. Stars Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie and others.

Series 3, Episode 2 is repeated on Gold today at 6:40pm.

Press Clippings

Radio Times celebrates 50 years of Dad's Army

Hats off for a genuine classic - Radio Times joins the 50th anniversary celebrations of BBC sitcom Dad's Army with a special 114-page bookazine.

Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 12th March 2018

Dad's Army to get 2018 Royal Mail stamps for 50 years

To mark the 50th anniversary of Dad's Army, Britain's primary postal service has revealed that the iconic British TV series will be featured on eight stamps to be released in June 2018.

Bill Young, Tellyspotting, 28th December 2017

MP calls for "Mum's Army" sitcom celebrating WWI women

"If the BBC is watching", Labour's Ian Murray said, it should consider a female reboot of the wartime comedy.

BBC, 29th November 2017

TV humour is lewd, lavatorial & lacking any form of wit

The problem, however, is bigger than just one show. For the abject and high-profile failure of The Nightly Show raises a disturbing question. What has happened to British comedy? The sheer unfunniness of much of it is beyond depressing.

Christopher Hart, Daily Mail, 18th March 2017

Fawlty Towers named comedians' favourite sitcom

A survey of comedians has revealed that Fawlty Towers is their favourite sitcom, and Alan Partridge meeting his superfan is their favourite scene. "Don't tell him Pike" was picked as the favourite one-liner.

British Comedy Guide, 4th January 2017

Preview - Dad's Army: The Love of Three Oranges

People often complain of there being too many repeats, especially over Christmas. However, the old favourites feel as much as a tradition now as the Queen's Christmas Message, naff cracker jokes and rows over the afternoon game of Monopoly.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 27th December 2016

A last interview with the man who made Dad's Army

When Jimmy Perry died in October this year, British comedy lost one of its true greats. He was the man behind It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Hi-De-Hi! and of course Dad's Army, which almost 50 years on from its television debut, retains a special place in many of our hearts.

Neil Clark, The Telegraph, 25th December 2016

MPs roll out Dad's Army catchphrases

MPs have paid tribute to Dad's Army creator Jimmy Perry, using his show's famous catchphrases in the Commons.

BBC News, 27th October 2016

Why Dad's Army has never been beaten in British comedy

They wouldn't get away with it today. No black faces, nor any character remotely ethnic other than John Laurie's tetchy Scotsman. Women only in subsidiary roles. And certainly no suggestion of sexual ambiguity beyond a wet clergyman. The BBC's modern cultural commissars wouldn't give the pilot script a second glance. White. Middle class. Home Counties. Show him the door, Doris.

Michael Henderson, The Telegraph, 25th October 2016

Jimmy Perry dies aged 93

Jimmy Perry, the comedy writer who created Dad's Army and Hi-De-Hi!, amongst others, has died at the age of 93.

British Comedy Guide, 23rd October 2016

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