We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story. Image shows from L to R: Jimmy Perry (Paul Ritter), David Croft (Richard Dormer). Copyright: DSP
We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story

We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story

  • TV comedy drama
  • BBC Two
  • 2015
  • 1 episode

One-off drama about how writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft got Dad's Army made despite scepticism from BBC management. Stars Richard Dormer, Paul Ritter, John Sessions, Julian Sands, Mark Heap and more.

We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story. Image shows from L to R: David Croft (Richard Dormer), Jimmy Perry (Paul Ritter). Copyright: DSP

Key details

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
2015
Channels
BBC Two
Episodes
1
Stars
Richard Dormer, Paul Ritter, John Sessions, Julian Sands, Mark Heap, Shane Richie, Kevin Bishop, Kieran Hodgson and more
Writers
Stephen Russell and Jeremy Dyson
Director
Steve Bendelack
Producers
Brett Wilson, Emily Dalton, Patrick Irwin, Charlotte Surtees and Gregor Sharp
Companies

The dramatised story of how Jimmy Perry and David Croft overcame BBC management scepticism, focus groups and cast constipation to get the much-loved legendary sitcom Dad's Army onto air.

Running from Perry's initial idea in 1967 until the transmission of the first episode in 1968, this affectionate and witty film shows the beginnings of Perry and Croft's writing partnership and the casting woes, personal clashes and production difficulties that put the show's very existence in jeopardy.

It reveals to fans and newcomers alike what went on behind the scenes in the making of Dad's Army and is a true love letter to British creativity.

We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story. Arthur Lowe (John Sessions). Copyright: DSP
We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story. Image shows from L to R: David Croft (Richard Dormer), Jimmy Perry (Paul Ritter). Copyright: DSP

Additional details

Also known as
  • The Making Of Dad's Army (Working title)
Production
Studio
Picture
Colour

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 22nd December 2015 at 9pm on BBC Two
Episode length
1 hour
Most recent repeats
  • Monday 16th November 2020 at 11:20pm on Gold
  • Sunday 30th August 2020 at 1:50pm on Drama
  • Saturday 2nd May 2020 at 6:00pm on BBC2

Recording details

  • Northern Ireland - Filmed in Autumn 2015

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