Dad's Army at 40 | How Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson got called up
From: Keith Smith, Television Publicity
Subject: "DAD'S ARMY"
16th September 1968
To: David Croft
Copy to: H.C.L.E., C.P.0.Tel.
More newspaper reviews for you. Just for the record there has been no comedy
series in the last twelve months which has attracted anywhere near the number
of reviews "Dadâs Army" has. Nor has any comedy series received this kind of
[Handwritten signature "Keith"]
[Handwritten note from David Croft's P.A.: "David - Have sent most of the attached
to be photostated - I have also kept copies of the original ones."]
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Document Type | Audience Reaction Report
16 September 1968
The reviews for the first series of 'Dad's Army' were almost universally positive. This memo was sent to producer David Croft to let him know the good news.
Jimmy Perry's original script had been called 'The Fighting Tigers', but BBC Head of Comedy Michael Mills chose the name 'Dad's Army'. Perry had originally planned to star in the show, playing Private Walker the 'spiv', but was persuaded against self-indulgence by David Croft, who explained that the cast might have felt Perry was giving himself all the best lines. Croft and Perry created another wartime sitcom together, 'It Ain't Half Hot, Mum', as well as holiday camp-based comedy 'Hi-de-Hi!' and 'Upstairs Downstairs' pastiche 'You Rang, M'Lord?'
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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