Dad's Army at 40 | How Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson got called up
WRITTEN DOCUMENT 1957
Dear Mr Afton,
Some two years ago, I was in your office with my cousin Jon. At that time I had
just started in the business. You told me that when I had got some experience I
should get in touch with you again.
I have now done two full summer seasons - I've worked for a third this summer
and next year I am doing the principle comedy. These summer seasons are all for
the same management. I have also played variety and have done about six
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I have plenty of material - all musical - that can be used in compereing or as an
act. In variety I work with a girl partner. We have plenty of material in this
Could I come and have a chat with you as soon as possible please?
P.S. I know you must be very busy, but perhaps I have some material that you could
use in your forthcoming shows.
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Document Type | Letter
26 January 1957
Bill Pertwee, who later starred as ARP Warden Hodges in 'Dad's Army', here writes to BBC director and producer Richard Afton in search of his big TV break. The cousin that he mentions here is actor Jon Pertwee, who became one of the stars of the hit radio comedy 'The Navy Lark' before taking on the title role in 'Doctor Who' in 1970.
Bill Pertwee had only been an entertainer for a couple of years when he wrote this letter, having served his apprenticeship in variety halls across the country. He wrote about his early variety career in his autobiography, 'A Funny Way to Make a Living' (1996), while some of his other books include 'Promenades and Pierrots' (1979) and 'By Royal Command' (1981). Pertwee is also a founder member and the president of the 'Dad's Army' Appreciation Society.
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