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Jon Aird | 13:06 UK time, Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Yesterday was a very sad day for comedy as the legendary sitcom writer and producer David Croft passed away aged 89. He was behind some of the 20th century's most adored and classic sitcoms such as Dad's Army, Are You Being Served, 'Allo 'Allo, Hi-de-Hi! and It Ain't Half Hot Mum. 

Here are a few of our favourite clips from some of his shows:

Dad's Army began in 1968, yet lasted longer than the war itself and is a timeless, oft-repeated jewel in the BBC's crown.

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With its innuendo-laden comedy, penchant for slapstick and panto-type characters, Are You Being Served? had something for everyone and became a juggernaut of 1970s television.

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'Allo 'Allo was written and performed as a farce, with David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd making great play of national stereotypes (sex-obsessed French, posh British twits) but this didn't stop the show becoming a massive success on both sides of the Channel. The hit sitcom ran for 85 episodes. 


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Few writers and producers have had such an impact on comedy and influenced an entire generation like David Croft.

If you would like to share your memories of David Croft's shows or what his work meant to you, then please do comment below. 

 

 

BBC News - The Comedy Of David Croft

David Croft's Website

David Croft's Obituary from The Guardian

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    May the Lord bless the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Croft. He (Croft) brought a lot of laughter into our household (USA) over the years. My late father (a WWII veteran) and I thoroughly enjoyed his witty and talented comedies, much to the chagrin of some family members who simply don't "get" British humour! Thanks for the fond memories, Mr. Croft.

 

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