Dad's Army at 40 | How Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson got called up
WRITTEN DOCUMENT 1977
22 Aug '77
Dear Mr Mason,
I doubt if we've met, but I'm presuming to bother you because Dad's Army's
finished and I don't think I am, quite. Within the last few weeks I've taken part
in radio discussions on Robert Atkins and James Agate, a leading role in a Finlay's
Casebook and two radio commercials. Because I believe I was good value, may I ask
you, please, to remember me?
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Document Type | Letter
22 August 1977
John Laurie had been an actor since 1921, working with such greats as Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, David Lean, and Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. By 1977, he was mainly known for playing the lugubrious Private Frazer in 'Dad's Army'. There's something about this letter that suggests he was determined not to retire, as he suspected some of his co-stars would be forced to do.
John Laurie continued to work for the few years left to him after 'Dad's Army'. He reunited with director Michael Powell for a short documentary about their 1937 collaboration 'The Edge of the World', made appearances on television shows such as 'The Generation Game' and 'Jackanory', and contributed to a number of radio programmes where he discussed his past associations with the works of Shakespeare. He died on 23 June 1980 at the age of 83.
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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.
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