In 1967 actor Jimmy Perry shows his friend David Croft the script of a sitcom he has written based on his time in the Home Guard, entitled 'Fighting Tigers'. Head of BBC TV comedy Michael Mills likes it, changing its title to 'Dad's Army' though, to Jimmy 's dismay, he refuses to let him act in it. He commissions Jimmy and David to write a whole series, despite TV controller Paul Fox's misgivings that the Second World War is too fresh in people's mind to be comedic. The pilot goes ahead with an ensemble cast keen to perform despite a low wage and some with problems of their own, notably star Arthur Lowe's tendency to forget his lines, and Jimmy is thrilled that wartime favourite Bud Flanagan is performing its theme song. In April 1968 the first show is recorded in front of an enthusiastic test audience. Fox is less generous in his opinion but the viewing figures ensure the show's future, running for nine series and becoming one of the best-loved of all British television sitcoms.
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Did You Know?
's refusal to take a script home is based on Lowe's genuine refusal to mix work and his private life. See more
When Perry and Croft have to change the opening titles, the familiar map and arrows are shown where the German troop movements form a capital H. However, this is just a black & white version of the title sequence used in the later colour episodes of series 3 onwards. The original animation used in series 1 and 2 had the arrows forming a different shape. See more
It's doomed. Doomed, I'll tell ye.
Opening titles, with wording contained in broad arrows, in the style of the title sequence for Dad's Army
(1968): "Some scenes in this film are imagined. BUT DON'T PANIC! Most of this really happened." See more
References Coronation Street