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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 13 is repeated on BBC2 on Saturday 1st July at 8:30pm

Press Clippings

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

You can't have your sitcom and eat it

I would argue that a decent mainstream sitcom will last longer than almost any reality show. Most of these reality juggernauts run out of steam after eight years or so, and then limp along for a couple more. A sitcom can last so much longer.

James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 14th September 2016

BBC comedy classics go on display

Much-loved British comedians and sitcom stars are being celebrated in a new exhibition. Comedy faces from Frankie Howerd to Ricky Gervais are on display at the Compton Verney art gallery in Warwickshire from 9 July. BBC Faces of Comedy is showing 100 pictures ranging from the 1950s to the present day. Leading comics have curated the exhibition - including Have I Got News For You panellist Paul Merton and the star of Citizen Khan, Adil Ray. Here they talk about some of their favourite comedy moments.

Paul Merton and Adil Ray, BBC News, 10th July 2016

America: where British sitcoms go to die

It is the holy grail for British writers - having your sitcom remade for America. But can Raised By Wolves succeed where Fawlty Towers flopped?

Andrew Collins, The Guardian, 22nd June 2016

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