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

Dad's Army

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1968 - 1977
  • 80 episodes (9 series)

Beloved sitcom about the struggles of a Home Guard platoon during World War II who are fighting incompetence, age and pomposity more than Nazis. Stars Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie, Arnold Ridley and more.

Press clippings

Norfolk Dad's Army museum celebrates Ian Lavender and Pike's scarf

A museum is paying tribute to Dad's Army actor Ian Lavender by telling the story of one of British television's most famous items of clothing.

Brian Farmer, BBC, 16th March 2024

I am not an elderly white man. But you'd think so from my taste in TV comedy

Rising Damp, Only Fools And Horses, The Morecambe And Wise Show... I love them all, even though they haven't aged well.

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, The Guardian, 13th March 2024

Dad's Army statue in Thetford to be restored after vandalism

A statue of a much-loved Dad's Army character is due to be restored, a year after it was vandalised. Last March, the glasses of the bronze Captain Mainwaring statue which sits in Bridge Street in Thetford, Norfolk, were squashed.

Neve Gordon-Farleigh & Edd Smith, BBC, 4th March 2024

How Dad's Army made Britain better

Despite the death of last surviving regular Ian Lavender, the sitcom will continue to remain etched in the public consciousness.

Jasper Rees, The Telegraph, 10th February 2024

The Britain of Dad's Army is fading from memory

The notion of fighting for your country is totally alien to us today, writes Simon Evans.

Simon Evans, Spiked, 8th February 2024

Ian Lavender's Private Pike from Dad's Army wasn't a 'stupid boy', he was a very funny one

Ian Lavender's death at the age of 77 means the last main cast member of Dad's Army has passed away.

The Scotsman, 6th February 2024

Dad's Army legend Ian Lavender dies aged 77

Ian Lavender, star of Dad's Army as the much-loved Private Pike, has died at the age of 77.

British Comedy Guide, 5th February 2024

'Don't tell him, Pike!' How Ian Lavender gave Dad's Army its most adored moment

With his asthma troubles and his very warm scarf, the mummy's boy soldier was Lavender's greatest creation. But he also gave EastEnders one of its earliest gay characters, in a strong storyline about homophobia.

Mark Lawson, The Guardian, 5th February 2024

The pathos of Private Pike, an old soldier who represented the best of British

Ian Lavender was a youngster in a group of seasoned old thesps, but his Private Pike gave Dad's Army its true heart.

The Telegraph, 5th February 2024

Antiques Roadshow guest stunned as 'rare' Dad's Army script gets eye-watering valuation

Antiques Roadshow expert Clive Farrahar was blown away by the original scripts for classic BBC sitcom Dad's Army. And it's safe to say that the guests were shocked to learn that the "rare" scripts, handwritten by Dad's Army writer David Croft, were worth up to £10,000.

Sam Huntley, Daily Star, 4th February 2024

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