Army" was a long running British comedy series created
and written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. The idea of a series
came to Jimmy Perry when he realised that many people had forgotten
about the contribution the Home Guard had made to the British
Home Front during the years of the Second World War.
Commencing in 1968, "Dad's
Army" ran on BBC Television for 9 years with over eighty
episodes spread within 10 series. The series is set in a small
fictional seaside town called Walmington-on-Sea somewhere on the
South Coast of England. "Dad's Army" is also
remembered for its first class actors which starred amongst its
credits, Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier as
Sergeant Arthur Wilson and Clive Dunn as Lance Corporal Jack Jones.
The series plotline initially began
In May 1940, Sir Anthony Eden
makes his historic speech calling for men under and over the
age of active service in the armed forces to form a local defence
corps. In Walmington, the
Local Bank manager George Mainwaring set's up the town's Local
Defence Volunteers,with the assistance of his Bank Clerk, Arthur
Wilson and the Local Butcher, Jack Jones. The LDV later become
known as the Home Guard or affectionately (to the TV audience)
"Dad's Army" as the platoon mainly consist of Old
Soldiers.From week to week they would become entangled in many
exploits while defending Walmington from a possible invasion
and any interference from the Local Air Raid Warden...
a comedy series, "Dad's Army" probably depicted
more of an accurate version of the Home Guard than anyone could
actually realise. Initially it was felt the series was maybe mocking
England's finest hour and its first episodes were reviewed with
great criticism. However, Jimmy Perry , David Croft and the cast
felt that the show had many strengths and so did the steady flow
of the British public which began following the Walmington-On-Sea
platoon's exploits on Television each week.
In 1969, "Dad's Army"
embarked on its first Colour TV series, and with that success
followed. A feature length film based on the series was made by
Columbia Pictures in 1971, and a stage show based on the series
toured the UK between 1975 - 76. The programme was also adapted
for BBC Radio.
Most of the cast are now no longer
with us, but their memory lives on through regular repeats on
BBC Television and UK Gold as well as many video and DVD releases.
Howells, Revised: November 2002