Dad's Army at 40 | How Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson got called up
Document Type | Memo
27 May 1968
After Michael Mills (Head of BBC Comedy and Light Entertainment) wrote to complain about his decision to re-edit the opening titles to 'Dad's Army', Paul Fox responds with a memo that shows how uncertain the series' future was at this time. No-one could have predicted how much of a success it would become.
Did You Know: The result of this disagreement was that Paul Fox won the battle and the title sequence was remade. Instead of the footage of real soldiers that had been planned, a new sequence was commissioned using the now-familiar animation of Swastika-emblazoned arrows prodding a Union Flagged arrow back across the English Channel.
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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