Dad's Army at 40 | How Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson got called up
Document Type | Press Release
By 1968, few people still remembered the real-life Local Defence Volunteers (LDV) or Home Guard. This press release attempts to fill in the background details, not only to the characters but also to the lives of the people who made the show, including series co-creator Jimmy Perry, who was a member of the LDV when he was 16.
Secretary of State Anthony Eden had announced the call for Local Defence Volunteers in an address to the nation on 14 May 1940, but it was a subsequent broadcast by Winston Churchill that referred to this new division of the army as the Home Guard. The name stuck, just as Churchill had hoped it would.
Arthur Lowe begins his acting career.
Bill Pertwee arranges a BBC audition.
Clive Dunn's agent confirms billing order.
Head of BBC Comedy defends 'Dad's Army'.
Paul Fox justifies his instructions to re-edit the 'Dad's Army' title sequence.
BBC Publicity prepares the way for a new BBC comedy.
BBC executives review the first episode of 'Dad's Army'.
The BBC finds out what the viewers thought of 'Dad's Army'.
The producer of 'Dad's Army' receives good news from BBC Publicity.
Controller of BBC1 Paul Fox sends a letter of congratulations to the producer of 'Dad's Army', David Croft.
John Laurie declares he's not finished.
BBC executives pay tribute to producer of 'Dad's Army' after show's final episode airs.
Viewers are surveyed on their feelings about the last ever episode of 'Dad's Army'.
Meet the stars and regular supporting players of 'Dad's Army'.
Pictures of the 'Dad's Army' cast from episodes throughout the nine series.
See the cast and production crew in the studio and on location.
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