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Memo from Controller of BBC1 to Head of Comedy

Paul Fox justifies his instructions to re-edit the 'Dad's Army' title sequence.

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A memo from Paul Fox to Michael Mills about Dad's Army.

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Document Type | Memo

27 May 1968

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1968

Synopsis

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?

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.

Read the memo from Michael Mills. There is also a later memo from Paul Fox to the series' producer, David Croft.

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