Jimmy Perry 9.9.23 – 23.10.16

October 24, 2016

We know the shows and the actors, but the names of the people who write the scripts are often less familiar.

One of these whose work entertained millions, Jimmy Perry, has died.

Jimmy Perry was best known as the creator of Dad’s Army, one of television’s most popular, and long running sitcoms.

His 25-year partnership with David Croft also produced It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Hi-de-Hi and You Rang M’Lord?

Much of his writing was based on his own varied work experiences which included a spell as a Butlin’s Redcoat.

He also had an encyclopaedic knowledge of music hall, something he used to good effect when he presented the BBC series Turns, which chronicled variety performances from the 1930s and 40s.

Jimmy Perry was born on 20 September 1923 in Barnes, south-west London.

His fascination for the world of showbusiness came at an early age and, while still at school, he had his sights set on becoming a stand up-comedian.

When war broke out in 1939 he was too young for the army so he signed up in his local Home Guard. . . 

Don’t Panic! RIP Clive Dunn

November 8, 2012

Clive Dunn, OBE, the actor who played Lance-Corporal Jack Jones in Dad’s Army, has died.

He was 92.

Among the lines he was famous for, were Permission to speak, Sir and Don’t Panic!

There’s more at the Dad’s Army Appreciation Society.

Dad’s Army

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Arthur Lowe would have been 95 today.

Private Frazer’s ghosts

March 25, 2010

John Laurie would have been 113 today.

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