Dad's Army at 40 | How Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson got called up
On 31 July 1968, viewers of BBC One met a group of elderly soldiers and a 'stupid boy' for the first time. 'Dad's Army' became an instant classic with its gentle humour, nostalgia and pride in the men who gave their all for their country, whatever that all happened to be.
In this collection, you can read letters from the actors at different stages in their careers and internal BBC memos that show just how popular the series was right from the start. Photographs from the archives follow the stars of the show from the first episode to the last, as well as taking a peek behind the scenes.
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'.
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