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We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story (2015)

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 ... See full summary »

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Steve Bendelack (as Stephen Bendelack)

Writer:

Stephen Russell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Ritter ... Jimmy Perry
Richard Dormer ... David Croft
Stuart McQuarrie ... Tom Sloan
Sarah Alexander ... Gilda Perry
Sally Phillips ... Ann Croft
Charlotte McDougall Charlotte McDougall ... Pat Coombs
Harry Peacock ... Michael Mills
Keith Allen ... Paul Fox
Amy Hughes ... Sylvia
John Sessions ... Arthur Lowe
Amy O'Dwyer Amy O'Dwyer ... Waitress
Ralph Riach Ralph Riach ... John Laurie
Michael Cochrane ... Arnold Ridley
Mark Heap ... Clive Dunn
Julian Sands ... John Le Mesurier
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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. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Making of Dad's Army See more »

Filming Locations:

Northern Ireland, UK

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Trivia

Arthur Lowe's refusal to take a script home is based on Lowe's genuine refusal to mix work and his private life. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[last lines]
John Laurie: It's doomed. Doomed, I'll tell ye.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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References Coronation Street (1960) See more »

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Really Great Recreation
23 December 2015 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

I remember watching the first ever

programme I saw every programme when it was repeated.I saw the stage and the film version and have read many books so I could be biased but I thought that this was a marvellous retelling of the story of the making of this TV phenomenon.How many other sitcoms are being repeated nearly 50 years after its production.Now a new Dads Army film.My favourite moment is Roy Judd as Bud Flanagan singing the title song.I saw Roy play Bud on the West End stage.I was also lucky enough to see Bud in what was probably his last stage performance at the Golders Green Hippodrome.This programme is almost as good as the original.


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