It Ain't Half Hot Mum. Image shows from L to R: BSM Geoffrey 'Shut Up' Williams (Windsor Davies), Bombardier 'Gloria' Beaumont (Melvyn Hayes). Copyright: BBC.

It Ain't Half Hot Mum

BBC One sitcom focusing on the army. 56 episodes (8 series), 1974 - 1981. Stars Windsor Davies, Don Estelle, Melvyn Hayes, Michael Bates and others.

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It Ain't Half Hot Mum - where are they now?

Whatever happened to the cast of the sitcom?

Chortle, 21st January 2019

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

Watching unPC sitcoms should be part of the curriculum

The BBC's remakes of Till Death Us Do Part and Are You Being Served? are only to be appreciated through the filter of irony. But things like It Ain't Half Hot Mum weren't malicious.

James Delingpole, The Spectator, 1st September 2016

New exhibit shows archive pictures of BBC comedians

Compton Verney exhibition charts 60 years of comedy, from Hancock's Half Hour to Miranda Hart.

Mark Brown, The Guardian, 26th June 2016

David Croft would be 'turning in his grave' at remakes

Sitcom legend Melvyn Hayes has gone to war on the Dad's Army film and Are You Being Served? re-make, saying they would have creator David Croft "turning in his grave".

The star, who played Bombardier "Gloria" Beaumont in It Ain't Half Hot Mum - another of the writer's hits - demanded they "let old TV series lie".

Tom Bryant & Peter Robertson, The Mirror, 21st February 2016

Melvyn Hayes: 'BBC is too PC, so no repeat fees for me'

Actor Melvyn Hayes has enjoyed a long screen career but he can't understand the BBC's refusal to repeat the show that made him famous.

Richard Webber, The Telegraph, 19th October 2014

Banning It Ain't Half Hot Mum from TV is a 'shame'

Banning this generation from watching It Ain't Half Hot Mum is a "shame", the show's creator Jimmy Perry has said, as he argues parts that fall foul of modern sensibilities are just "historical truth".

Hannah Furness, The Telegraph, 20th September 2013

It Ain't Half Hot Mum too 'racist' for the BBC

According to newspaper reports, the modern BBC has decided that 1970s hit sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum is now too 'racist' to be broadcast on the network.

British Comedy Guide, 24th April 2012

It Ain't Half Hot Mum star Layton to be in EastEnders

It Ain't Half Hot Mum star George Layton is marching into EastEnders - as Janine's estranged Uncle Norman.

The Sun, 13th June 2011

It Ain't Half Hot Mum's Donald Hewlett dies at 90

Donald Hewlett, who was best known for his role in the 1970s BBC sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum, has died aged 90.

The actor, who played Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Reynolds in the show, had been ill for some time, his wife told the BBC.

BBC News, 5th June 2011