Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.

Today we will be looking at a sitcom that was so popular that it ran for 9 seasons and even had a film remake last year – Dad’s Army

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Opening Theme Tune

About the Show

Summary of Plot

During WW2, in a fictional British seaside town, a ragtag group of Home Guard local defense volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion.- IMDb

Number of Seasons / Episodes

9 seasons

Characters:

Arthur Lowe – Captain George Mainwaring

John Le Measurer – Sgt. Arthur Wilson

Clive Dunn – L Cpl. Jack Jones

John Laurie – Pte. James Frazer

Arnold Ridley – Pte. Charles Godfrey

Ian Lavender – Pte. Frank Pike

 

Trivia

+ An episode is kept on standby by the BBC for use as an emergency backup program, to be broadcast if a major technical problem prevents normal programs being shown. This came to light on June 20, 2000 when the BBC Six O’Clock News (1984) was interrupted by a power failure at the BBC, and an episode of Dad’s Army was transmitted in its place

+ Despite always referring to Sgt Wilson as Uncle Arthur, it has been confirmed by the writers that Pvte Pike is the biological son of Sgt Wilson.

+ John Laurie was the only cast member to have served in the Home Guard. But Clive Dunn, Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier had all served in the regular army during World War Two. Clive Dunn, served with the British regiment 4th Queen’s Own Hussars and was Prisoner of War during WWII captured in Greece. John Laurie and Arnold Ridley had also served in the regular Army, in World War One. Of the writers, during World War Two Jimmy Perry served in the Home Guard (he based the show on his experiences), and David Croft served in the ARP (and later served in the regular Army as a Major).

+ Arthur Lowe refused to take scripts home with him, as he believed in keeping his personal and professional lives seperate.

+ John Laurie and Arnold Ridley both fought in World War One and both were wounded and invalided out of the army.
Classic Clips

Corporal Clip

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