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BBC Publicity Memo on 'Dad's Army'

The producer of 'Dad's Army' receives good news from BBC Publicity.


BBC ARCHIVE
WRITTEN DOCUMENT
1968


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 "Dad’s Army" has. Nor has any comedy series received this kind of
universal praise.

[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

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1968

Synopsis

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.

Did you know?

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?'

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