Dad's Army - A Timeline

This extensive timeline has been compiled by Dave Homewood after years of research being compiled into one linear timescale. There have been many sources that have contributed to it. If you can add anything please email Dave Homewood dave_daasnz@hotmail.com

 

 

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Date
Event
1800's - 1909

1888 
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9 March 1894

4th April 1895
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7th January 1896   

14th October 1896
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25th March 1897  

1898  

17th September 1899 

21st March 1902
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19yj June 1902

19th August 1903
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8th May 1904
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15th September 1905
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7th October 1906

8th July 1907
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7th of April 1909
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Amy Dalby (Dolly Godfrey, in The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage on TV) was born in
Clerkenwell, London

Eric Woodburn (George Jones, in Museum Piece) was born in Glasgow, Scotland

Nan Braunton (Cissy Gofrey in The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage, The Day The Balloon Went Up, War Dance and Branded) was born in Cardiff, Wales

William Arnold Ridley (Private Charles Godfrey) was born in Bath, Somerset, UK

Bud Flanagan was born, as Chaim Reuben Weintrop. He recorded the theme tune to
Dad's Army, "Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr. Hitler?" in 1968

John Paton Laurie (James Frazer) was born in Maxwelltown, Dumfries, Scotland

Leon Cortez (milkman in Museum Piece, and Large man in Man Hunt) was born

Harold Bennett (Mr Blewitt) was born at Hastings, East Sussex, UK

Carl Jaffe (Captain Winogrodzki in The Enemy Within The Gates both on TV and
radio) was born in Hamburg, Germany

E.V.H. Emmett (the announcer in Series One) was born in London

Patrick Waddington (the Brigadier in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker)
was born in York, England

John Snagge, the presenter of the Dad’s Army radio series, and wartime BBC
wireless news announcer, was born

Olive Mercer (Mrs Yeatman) was born as Olive Maude Adams, at Hendon, Middlesex,
England

Charles Hill (Captain Square's Butler and Sergeant) was born in Colne, Lancashire.

Eric Chitty, who appeared as Mr Sedgewick in Boots, Boots, Boots (on TV and radio),  Mr
Parsons in the radio version of Time On My Hands, and the RSPCA man in Gorilla Warfare,
was born

Robert Raglan (Colonel Pritchard) was born as Robert Edward Oliver Cornewall-Walker, at
Reigate, Surrey, England

1910's

5th April 1912
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5th January 1913 
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16th May 1913

11th January 1914
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3rd February 1914
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30th July 1914
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4th June 1914  
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16th June 1915 
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22nd September 1915 

20th August 1916

28th October 1916

1st May 1918 
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2nd August 1918 
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4th February 1919
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9th May 1919
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John Le Mesurier (Sgt. Arthur Wilson) was born in Bedford, England as John Charles Elton
Le Mesurier de Somers Halliley

Jack Haig, who appeared on stage as L/Cpl Jones, and on TV as the gardener in The Day
The Balloon Went Up
and Mr Palethorpe in Ring Dem Bells, was born.

Hugh Cecil (the bald Private Cecil in the back row) was born in Hackney, London, England

Martin Wyldeck (Major Regan in The Showing Up of Corporal Jones and Shooting
Pains
) was born in Warwickshire, England

Edward Sinclair (the Verger Maurice Henry Yeatman) was born as Edward Sinclair Perry
in Oldham, Lancashire, England

Ernst Ulman (Sigmund Murphy in Under Fire) was born in Vienna, Austria (some sources
say Cairo, Egypt)

Edward Evans (Mr Reed in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker; Mr Rees in
Big Guns; and General Monteverdi in Don’t Fence me In) was born in London, UK

Anthony Sharp (War Office Brigadier in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker
and the Colonel in The Making of Private Pike) was born at Highgate, London, UK

Arthur Lowe (Captain George Mainwaring) was born in Hayfield, Derbyshire, UK

Bernard Archard (Major General Fullard in the Film) was born

Pearl Hackney (Mavis Pike in the Radio Series) was born at Burton-on-Trent

James Copeland (Captain Ogilvy in Operation Kilt on both TV and Radio) was born at
Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire, Scotland

Diana King (Chairwoman in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker) was born in Buckinghamshire, England

Peter Butterworth, (Mr Bugden in The Face on The Poster), was born in Bramhall,
Cheshire, UK

Arthur English, who played the policeman in Absent Friends, was born at Aldershot,
Surrey, England

1920's

9th January 1920
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15th January 1920

30th October 1921

20th of January 1922
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12th August 1922 
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7th September 1922

9th September 1923 
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1st December 1924
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15th April 1926   

21st July 1926
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21st July 1926  
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29th November 1926
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15th May 1927
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10th February 1928
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21st February 1929
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5th April 1929  
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Clive Dunn (Lance Corporal Jack Jones, the butcher) was born in Barnes, London, as
Robert Benjamin Dunn junior (he later adopted his mother's maiden name of Clive as his
first name when he went into showbusiness as his father was also registered with
British Equity as Robert Dunn

Pamela Cundell (Mrs Fox) was born in Croydon, England

Talfryn Thomas (Private ‘Taffy’ Cheeseman, WC) was born in Swansea, Wales

Graham William Stark (Private Joe Walker in several Radio Series episodes) was born
at Wallasey, Merseyside, England

Fulton Mackay OBE, (Captain Ramsey in We Know Our Onions, and Dr McCeavedy
in The Miser’s Hoard), was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

David Croft OBE was born at Sandbanks, Poole Bay, Dorset, UK as David John Sharland

Jimmy Perry OBE (the creator and co-writer of Dad’s Army) was born in Barnes,
London as James Perry

Desmond Cullum-Jones (Private Desmond in the back row) was born in Seattle,
Washington, USA

Colin Bean (Private Sponge) was born in Wigan, UK

Bill Pertwee (Chief ARP Warden Bill Hodges, and DAAS President) was born in
Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England

Queenie Watts (Mrs Keen in Under Fire; Mrs Peters in The Armoured Might of Lance
Corporal Jones
, and Edna in The Two And A Half Feathers) was born in London, England

Gordon Peters was born in Durham, Co. Durham, England as Gordon Peter Wilkinson. He appeared in five roles in Dad’s Army on TV. He played the Fire Chief in The Man And The
Hour
(scenes deleted); a soldier in Command Decision; the policeman in A Stripe For
Frazer; the Lighthouse Keeper in Put That Light Out; and the door delivery man in Is
There Honey Still For Tea?

Stuart Sherwin was born at Weston Coyney, Stoke-on-Trent, England. He would play the
second ARP Warden in A Brush With The Law, Put That Light Out!, Branded and Menace
From The Deep

John Ringham (Bracewell in The Man And The Hour, then Captain Bailey in Room At
The Bottom
and Don't Fence Me In) was borm at Cheltenham, Glouscestershire

James Beck (Private Joe Walker) was born in Islington, London, England, as Stanley
Carroll James Beck

Nigel Hawthorne (Angry Man in The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones) was born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England -

1930's

2nd July 1931

22nd March 1934 
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7th July 1934

6th August 1937

25th of August 1939
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Frank Williams (The Vicar, Rev. Timothy Farthing) was born in London, UK

Larry Martyn was born in London, UK. Larry took over the role of Private Walker in the radio series following the death of James Beck. Prior to this he also had several minor roles in the television series. They were a Soldier in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker, the Second Sailor in Menace From The Deep, the Italian P.O.W. in Don't Fence Me In, and the Private in The Desperate Drive of Lance Corporal Jones.

Philip Madoc (The German U-boat Captain Muller) was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

Barbara Windsor (Laura La Plaz in Shooting Pains) was born in Shoreditch, London -

John Bardon (Private Joe Walker in the stage show) was born as John Michael Jones, at Brentford, Middlesex, in England

The 1940's

1st September 1939

3 September 1939
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14th May 1940    
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4th June 1940
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23rd July 1940
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3rd December 1944 

7th March 1945

16th February 1946

6th July 1947
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27th of June 1949 
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Hitler's German forces invade Poland

Britain and France, New Zealand and Australia declared war on Germany after Hitler refused to halt his invasion of Poland. World War Two began.

The Local Defence Volunteers were formed following a speech broadcast on the wireless by the Rt. Hon. Anthony Eden after the 9.00pm news on the BBC

Winston Churchill’s ‘We shall fight them on the beaches’ speech broadcast,
inspiring the LDV

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill renamed the L.D.V. to the Home Guard during a speech in the House of Commons

The Home Guard paraded past King George VI at Hyde Park for their official stand down

Caroline Dowdeswell (Miss King in Series One) was born at Oldham, England

Ian Lavender (Private Frank Pike) was born in Birmingham, England. -

Therese McMurray (The Girl At The Window in The Showing Up of Corporal Jones and
Shooting Pains
, and The Girl in the Haystack in The Day The Balloon Went Up) was
born in London. She was also the wife of Donald Hewlett

John Laurie and Arthur Lowe appeared together in the radio drama The Fools Saga
on the BBC Third Programme, probably the first time they worked together

1967

4th October 1967  
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25th November 1967   
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Michael Mills confirmed the pilot script idea for The Fighting Tigers as accepted,
and a six part series was to be commissioned. He suggests changing the title to Dad’s
Army

Jimmy Perry and David Croft sign the contract with the BBC to make the series of Dad’s Army. They have the option for a second six-part series.-_

1968

21st February 1968  
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26th February 1968
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29th February 1968 
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Arthur Lowe was contracted to play the role of Captain George Mainwaring. He would be paid £210 per episode for Series One

Bud Flanagan and the Band of the Coldstream Guards recorded Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr Hitler? at the Riverside Recording Studio, Hammersmith

John Le Mesurier signs contract to play Sergeant Arthur Wilson (at £262 10s per episode) and Clive Dunn signs to play Lance Corporal Jack Jones (£210 per show)

March 1968 
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24th March 1968

Cast and crew met for first time in The Feathers Public House, Hogarth Roundabout, Chiswick, London for their first rehearsal

John Laurie appeared as a guest in Clive Dunn's BBC Radio show 'You're Only Old Once"

1st April 1968 
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2nd April 1968
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3rd April 1968
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4th April 1968 
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5th April 1968 
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6th April 1968    
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8th – 14th April 1968
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15th April 1968  
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22nd April 1968 
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29th April 1968 
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Cast and crew travel to Thetford, Norfolk for the first time to commence the shooting of the location scenes for Series One.

The first scenes of Dad’s Army are filmed. The location is the Stanford Practical Training Area (STANTA), and the scenes include Jones changing the road sign at the crossroads, and Frazer sharpening the stake for episode one The Man And The Hour; the flamethrower scenes, tank routine, the roadblock scene where the dispatch rider simply rides around (Command Decision); the inspection in the barn, and extended order marching scene, and the business with the dispatch rider’s map in Museum Piece. These scenes were all made around Blackrabbit Warren on the Battle Area

Scenes filmed in Thetford including the indoor scene of the reunion (The Man And The Hour) filmed in the Norvic Room of The Anchor Hotel, Thetford. Following lunch the production moved to Newtown, a street in Thetford. Here the milk float scene from Museum Piece was made, followed by the Digging For Victory scene at 59 Newtown (The Showing Up of Corporal Jones). Following this the window box gag where Mainwaring and Wilson are ‘watered’ were filmed. Later at night they filmed again at 59 Newtown where the men are seen climbing a wall from the churchyard and Walker sneaks in to see his girlfriend

Filming outside of Fengate Farm, Weeting, near Brandon, for the steamroller scene in Museum Piece. The crew and steamroller then moved to the road between Swaffam and Oxburgh  to complete the scenes with this vehicle. They then went to Oxburgh Hall where the museum scenes were filmed for Museum Piece, and the butler scene and statue gag were done for Command Decision.

Scenes with the Winship Circus horses were filmed near the derelict stables at Buckenham Tofts, Stanford Practical Training Area, for Command Decision.

The scene for Command Decision where the platoon take iron railings from the fence shot in Thetford. Then onto the Stanford Practical Training Area to film the river crossing flying fox scenes. Also filmed was the scene from Shooting Pains where the men are marching with the handcart, and the bayonet fighting scene was also done this day. After lunch in Thetford the cast and crew returned to London.

The cast assemble at St Nicholas Church Hall, Chiswick, London to rehearse for studio scenes of episode one ‘The Man And The Hour’

The studio scenes for The Man And The Hour were shot at BBC Television Centre, London in front of a live audience.

The studio scenes for Museum Piece were shot at BBC Television Centre, London in front of a live audience.

The studio scenes for Command Decision  were shot at BBC Television Centre, London in front of a live audience.

6th May 1968 
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13th May 1968 
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20th May 1968
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The studio scenes for The Enemy Within The Gates were shot at BBC Television Centre, London in front of a live audience.

The studio scenes for The Showing Up of Corporal Jones were shot at BBC Television Centre, London in front of a live audience.

The studio scenes for Shooting Pains were shot at BBC Television Centre, London in front of a live audience.

25th July 1968 
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31st July 1968
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The first article ever written about Dad’s Army was published in the BBC publication Radio Times. It was written by Russell Twisk and was entitled DAD’S ARMY. This article preceded the first screening of episode one and introduced viewers to the show for the first time

Dad’s Army screened for the first time ever on BBC 1 with episode one The Man
And The Hour, at 8.20-8.50pm. 7.2 million viewers watched it

7th August 1968 
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14th August 1968
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28th August 1968 
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Museum Piece screened on BBC 1 for the first time, at 7:00-7:30pm. 6.8 million viewers
watched it

Command Decision screened on BBC 1 for the first time, at 8.20-8.50pm. 8.6million
viewers watched it

The Enemy Within The Gates screened on BBC 1 for the first time, at 8.20-8.50pm. 8.1 million viewers watched it

4th September 1968
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11th September 1968 
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The Showing Up of Corporal Jones screened on BBC 1 for the first time, at 8.20-8.50pm.
8.8 million viewers watched it

Shooting Pains screened on BBC 1 for the first time, at 8.20-8.50pm. 9.7 million viewers
watched it

13th October 1968 

20th October 1968
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20th October 1968

27th October 1968
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Operation Kilt studio scenes are recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London (this episode was originally titled ‘The Battle of Mon Repos’)

Bud Flanagan died

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker studio scenes are recorded at BBC
Television Centre, London. Also the first Dad’s Army television special, simply titled Dad’s Army, that was to be a part of the 1968 Christmas Night With The Stars show, was recorded on the same evening

4th November 1968

15th November 1968

27th November 1968

Sgt Wilson’s Little Secret was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

A Stripe For Frazer was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Under Fire was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

25th December 1968
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Dad’s Army appeared on Christmas Night With The Stars on BBC 1 in a ten minute sketch entitled Dad’s Army-
1969

17th January 1969  
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John Laurie was interviewed on the live show Late Night Line Up, about the Home Guard and Dad’s Army. The programme was broadcast from Studio B at BBC Television Centre at 10:30pm

1st March 1969   
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8th March 1969
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10th March 1969

15th March 1969 
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17th March 1969
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22nd March 1969 
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29th March 1969 
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Operation Kilt screened on BBC 1 for the first time, at 7:00-7:30pm. 13.9 million
viewers watched it

The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage screened on BBC 1 for the first time, at 7:00-7:30pm. 11.3 million viewers watched it

Amy Dalby (Dolly Godfrey in The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage) died in London

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker screened on BBC 1 for the first time, at
7:00-7:30pm. 11.3 million viewers watched it (this episode was originally scheduled to
air on 20th January 1969)

Arthur Lowe was interviewed by Bob Holness on the BBC Radio 1 programme Late
Night Extra
about Dad’s Army at 10:00pm

Sgt Wilson’s Little Secret screened on BBC 1 for the first time, at 7:00-7:30pm. 13.6
million viewers watched it

A Stripe For Frazer screened on BBC 1 for the first time, at 7:00-7:30pm. 11.3 million  viewers watched it (this episode was originally scheduled to air on 27th January 1969)

5th April 1969

16th April 1969
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Under Fire screened on BBC 1 for the first time, at 7:00-7:30pm. 11.6 million viewers
watched it (this episode was originally scheduled to air on 3rd February 1969)

The Dad’s Army cast appeared on the game show Give Me Your Word in the
episode ‘Dad’s Army vs. The Roy Hudd Show’

3rd May 1969
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3rd – 5th May 1969
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5th May 1969
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19th May 1969
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20th May 1969
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21st–24th May 1969 
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25th May 1969 
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27th–31st May 1969

The Dad’s Army team left BBC Television Centre by coach to head to Thetford for  location filming sequences for series three.

Filming of location sequences for series three episodes The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones, Battle School, The Lion Has ‘Phones, and The Bullet Is Not For Firing, with John Laurie in are filmed on these days, as he arrived at Thetford on the 3rd and left on a train for London late on the 5th to go to Corfu on holiday. That was a  lot of episodes to get through in such a short time. Some location footage not involving John Laurie for the episodes The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones and Room At The Bottom were probably filmed previously in the week.

John Le Mesurier strained a ligament in his leg whilst throwing himself on the ground during the filming of a scene for the episode Battle School

The rehearsals for the studio scenes of The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones begin, without John Laurie, who is still in Corfu.

John Laurie arrives back in London from Corfu, and joins the Dad’s Army team in the evening for a special rehearsal of The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones

Rehearsals continue for The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones in the North Paddington Boys Club, 235 Lanark Road, W9, London (tel. 6244 512) This episode  was originally titled ‘The Armoured Might of Jack Jones’)

The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones studio scenes are recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Rehearsals for Battle School

1st June 1969 

3rd – 7th June 1969 

8th June 1969

10th–14th June 1969

15th June 1969

17th–21st June 1969

22nd June 1969 

24th–28th June 1969

29th June 1969 

Battle School studio scenes are recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Rehearsals for The Lion Has ‘Phones (originally titled ‘Sorry, Wrong Number

The Lion Has ‘Phones studio scenes are recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Rehearsals for Something Nasty In The Vault (originally titled ‘Don’t Let Go’)

Something Nasty In The Vault recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Rehearsals for The Bullet Is Not For Firing

The Bullet Is Not For Firing studio scenes are recorded at BBC TV Centre, London

Rehearsals for Room At The Bottom

Room At The Bottom studio scenes are recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

1st – 5th July1969
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6th July 1969

Rehearsals for Big Guns – included rehearsing with the 17pdr QF Gun in the car park of BBC Television Centre (caught on home movie by Harold Snoad)

Big Guns recorded at BBC Television Centre. London

11 September 1969
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16 September 1969
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18 September 1969 

23 September 1969 

23 Sept – 2 Oct 1969
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25 September 1969 
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The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 7.30-8.00pm. 10.5 million viewers watched it

John Laurie, and possibly other cast, had a fitting for costumes for Dad’s Army series four at Bermans Costumiers, 30 Cranbourn Street

Battle School screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 7.30-8.00pm. 11,4 million viewers watched it

The Dad’s Army team descends once again on Thetford for location filming of series four.

Location sequences for the Dad’s Army episodes The Day The Balloon Went Up, Menace From The Deep, Man Hunt, No Spring For Frazer and Sons of the Sea are filmed around the Stanford Battle Area, at Great Yarmouth Pier and the Norfolk Broads

The Lion Has ‘Phones screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 7.30-8.00pm. 11.3 million viewers watched it

2nd October 1969
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9th October 1969
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16th October 1969
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20–22 October 1969

23rd October 1969

23rd October 1969 

27–29 October 1969

30th October 1969

30th October 1969
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The Bullet Is Not For Firing screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 7.30-8.00pm. 11.8 million viewers watched it

Something Nasty In The Vault screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 7.30-8.00pm. 11.1 million viewers watched it

Room At The Bottom screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 7.30-8.00pm. 12.4 million viewers watched it

Rehearsals for The Day The Balloon Went Up

The Day The Balloon Went Up studio scenes are recorded at BBC TV Centre,  London

Big Guns screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 7.30-8.00pm. 13.2 million viewers watched it

War Dance rehearsed

War Dance recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

The Day The Balloon Went Up screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 7.30-8.00pm.12.5 million viewers watched it

3rd November 1969
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3–6 November 1969

6th November 1969
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7th November 1969 

10–13 Nov 1969

13th November 1969
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14th Nov 1969 

17th – 20th Nov 1969
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20th November 1969 
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21st November 1969
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24th – 27th Nov 1969
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27th November 1969 
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27th November 1969
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28th November 1969

Dad's Army aired for the first time in Australia at 8.00pm on the ABN Channel 2 (ABC) with
The Man And The Hour
screening

Menace From The Deep rehearsed

War Dance screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 7.30-8.00pm. 12.6 million viewers
watched it

Menace From The Deep studio scenes are recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Branded rehearsed

Menace From The Deep screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 7.30-8.00pm.
13.3 million viewers watched it

Branded recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Man Hunt and the Christmas Night With The Stars sketch known as Resisting The
Aggressor Through The Ages
are rehearsed

Branded screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 7.30-8.00pm. 11.1 million viewers
watched it

Man Hunt studio scenes, and the CNWTS Resisting The Aggressor sketch are recorded
at BBC Television Centre, London

No Spring For Frazer is rehearsed (note: in these early stages this episode was actually
titled Open The Box according to John Laurie’s diary for 1969)

Man Hunt screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 7.30-8.00pm. 11.8 million viewers
watched it.

The Dad’s Army contribution to The Coward Revue special tribute show was recorded. It
included Arthur Lowe as Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier as Wilson and Clive Dunn as 
Jones, in the church hall, singing Coward’s Home Guard song Could You Please Oblige
Us With A Bren Gun?

No Spring For Frazer recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

1st – 4th December 1969

4th December 1969
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5th December 1969 

11th December 1969
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22nd December 1969

25th December 1969  
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26th December 1969
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Sons of the Sea is rehearsed

No Spring For Frazer screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 7.30-8.00pm. 13.6 million viewers watched it

Sons of the Sea studio scenes are recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Sons of the Sea screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 7.30-8.00pm. 13.3 million viewers watched it

John Laurie and Talfryn Thomas appeared together in BBC Radio 2's The Ken Dodd Experience

Dad’s Army appeared on Christmas Night With The Stars with a sketch called Dad’s Army. It's now known as the Resisting The Aggressor sketch to save confusion

The Coward Revue screened on BBC 2, featuring Mainwaring, Wilson and Jones
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1970

25th March 1970
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Dad’s Army is seen on New Zealand television for first time ever, in the Auckland region of the BCNZ network

1st April 1970
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Jimmy Perry and David Croft were each presented a Bronze Tablet by actress Goldie Hawn for their script writing in Dad's Army, at the Awards Ceremony of the Writer's Guild of Great Britain at the Dorchester Hotel in London

13th May 1970  
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14th May 1970
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24th May 1970 
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The Royal Television Gala Performance was recorded at the BBCTV Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush. It included Dad’s Army sketch Guarding Buckingham Palace. It later screened on BBC 1 on the 24th of May 1970.

Marking the 30th Anniversary of the formation of the Home Guard, John Laurie was interviewed by Michael Barratt on Nationwide about Dad’s Army and the Home Guard

The Royal Television Gala Performance, with the Dad’s Army sketch Guarding
Buckingham Palace, screened on BBC 1

16th June 1970
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27th June 1970
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The cast filmed the beach sequences for episode Boots, Boots, Boots at Winterton Beach in Norfolk. Actor Desmond Cullum-Jones (Private Desmond) cut his foot badly during  the barefoot beach scenes.

Sgt Save My Boy was recorded at BBC TV Centre, London (originally titled ‘The
Mine’)

10th July 1970

17th July 1970

24th July 1970

31st July 1970  

Don’t Fence Me In studio scenes are recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

The Big Parade studio scenes are recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Don’t Forget The Diver studio scenes are recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Boots, Boots, Boots studio scenes are recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

7th August 1970

20th August 1970
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Absent Friends studio scenes are recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

The seven main cast of Dad’s Army attended a major photo call for press photographers at Shepperton Studios’ back lot where they were recording the Home Guard camp scene for the upcoming Dad’s Army film

25th September 1970
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The Big Parade screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 8.00-8.30pm. 14 million viewers watched it

2nd October 1970
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9th October 1970
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10th of October 1970
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16th October 1970
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18th October 1970
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20th October 1970
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23rd October 1970
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30th October 1970
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30th October 1970

Don’t Forget The Diver screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 8.00-8.30pm. 12.3
million viewers watched it

Boots, Boots, Boots screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 8.00-8.30pm. 13.2 million
viewers watched it

Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn all featured in Film Time, presented by
Tony Bilbow, about the making of the Dad's Army film on BBC Radio 4. Also featured in
this episode were Leslie Phillips, Thora Hird, Ronnie Corbett, Michael Hordern and
Wilfred Brambell. Air time was 16.00hrs

Sgt – Save My Boy screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 8.00-8.30pm. 14.5 million viewers watched it

The desert scenes for the dream sequence in The Two And A Half Feathers was filmed at the British Industrial Sand Ltd. quarry at Leziate, near Kings Lynn, Norfolk. During filming Colin bean (Private Sponge) cut his hand when he lay down on a pyrotechnics charge that exploded, and Bill Pertwee received an injury to his eyes during the fight scene with John Laurie when sand entered his eyes, causing mild conjunctivitis and discomfort for three days

The cricket match sequence for the episode The Test was filmed at the Stanford Practical Training Area sports field, Buckenham Tofts. During filming Clive Dunn (Lance Corporal Jones) received a cut inside his mouth while wicket keeping, when a ball struck his face. Also Arthur Lowe was hit on the head by a bouncer bowled to him, resulting in some bruising

Don’t Fence Me in screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 8.00-8.30pm. 16.4 million viewers watched it

Absent Friends screened on BBC TV for the first time, at 8.00-8.30pm. 13.9 million viewers watched it

Put That Light Out was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

6th November 1970

6th November 1970
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13th November 1970
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13th November 1970

20th November 1970

20th November 1970

27th November 1970

27th November 1970

The Two And A Half Feathers studio scenes are recorded at BBC TV Centre, London

Put That Light Out screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.00-8.30pm. 13 million viewers watched it

The Two And A Half Feathers screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.00-8.30pm.
15.6 million viewers watched it

Mum’s Army was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

The Test studio scenes are recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Mum’s Army screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.00-8.30pm. 16.4 million viewers

A. Wilson (Manager)? studio scenes are recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

The Test screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.00-8.30pm. 16 million viewers watched it

4th December 1970

4th December 1970

4th December 1970
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11th December 1970

11th December 1970

12th December 1970

18th December 1970

25th December 1970
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31st December 1970

A. Wilson (Manager)? screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.00-8.30pm. 15.4 million viewers

Uninvited Guests was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

The Christmas Night With The Stars sketch The Cornish Floral Dance was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London, in the same session as Uninvited Guests

Fallen Idol studio scenes are recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Uninvited Guests screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.00-8.30pm. 13.1 million viewers

Arthur Lowe appeared as the guest on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4

Fallen Idol screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.00-8.30pm. 13.1 million viewers watched it

Christmas Night With The Stars Dad’s Army sketch The Cornish Floral Dance screened
on BBC 1

Leon Cortez died at Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK _

1971
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Dad's Army's Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie, James Beck, Arnold Ridley and Ian Lavender recorded their Dad's Army March 45rpm single record at the EMI Abbey Road Studios in London. This was released as a spin-off to coincide with the release of their 1971 Dad's Army film, which used the same tune but without their voices.

4th March 1971  
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8th March 1971
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14th March 1971

24th March 1971
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The British Screen Awards were broadcast on BBC One in which HRH Princess Anne presented the 'Best Light Entertainment Production and Direction Award' from the Society of Film and Television Arts (SFTA, now BAFTA) to Jimmy Perry. It was awarded for the Dad's Army episode Something Nasty In The Vault. Jimmy was accompanied by Dad’s Army team members Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, James Beck, Arnold Ridley, Ian Lavender and Bill Pertwee.

Dad’s Army, the paperback novelized version of the film script by John Burke was released by Hodder Paperbacks. ISBN: 0340150270

The Dad’s Army film premiers at the Columbia Theatre, London

This Is Your Life Clive Dunn was broadcast on ITV. Clive was surprised by Eamonn Andrews
with the famous red book whilst he thought he was filming a programme about the beginnings
of Dad’s Army with Jimmy Perry. The two were being filmed on Barnes Common, London,
which was Clive’s local park and the place where Jimmy Perry first trained in the Home
Guard in 1940. This mock-documentary was the perfect ruse because Andrews hid among
other soldier ‘extras’, with camouflage netting over his helmet to disguise his face till the
big moment. Clive was dressed in his Lance Corporal Jones uniform from the film which was
then new to cinemas – his early World War One uniform that is, with peaked cap. When they
later adjourned to the studio, other guests included Clive’s wife Cilla Morgan, and his co-stars
Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, John Laurie, James Beck, Arnold Ridley, Ian Lavender, Bill
Pertwee, Frank Williams, Edward Sinclair, Janet Davies and Pam Cundell. The original
recording was wiped by Thames Television, and it seems only a small portion of the
soundtrack survives on audio cassette. A clip from the 1971 film was also screened.

10th April 1971
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22nd April 1971
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Dad's Army featured in BBC Radio 4's Film Time programme, in a holiday round up of screen entertainment, introduced by Tony Bilbow, at 1600hrs

Arthur Lowe was Guest Star on The Morecambe And Wise Show, with five other Dad’s Army cast members, John Le Mesurier, John Laurie, Jimmy Beck, Arnold Ridley and
Ian Lavender making a surprise appearance in a cameo scene during the sketch ‘Monty
on the Bonty’

19th June 1971 Clive Dunn appeared as the guest on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4
5th July 1971
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Jimmy Perry was presented the Ivor Novello Award for Best Television Signature Tune, for his theme tune for Dad's Army 'Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr Hitler?" The award was presented to Jimmy by Ian Abrahams

18th August 1971
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28th August 1971 
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Clive Dunn was featured in a special interview on the BBC entitled An Hour With Clive Dunn, which included a screening of the episode The Armoured Might Of Lance Corporal Jones.

Location filming was being done on this day for the episode Battle of the Giants. The scene on the bridge where the Walmington and Eastgate platoon’s vehicles meet head on  was filmed, during which Arnold Ridley was injured trying to get out of the way of the backing butcher’s van. It was found in Thetford’s Cottage Hospital that he’d pulled a cartilage in his leg

19th September 1971
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Battle of the Giants studio scenes were recorded at BBC Television Centre, London. Recently discovered paperwork shows the rehearsal and recording of this episode was filmed by a separate BBC camera team, perhaps for a news item, but the film no longer exists
13th October 1971
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Dad's Army appeared (probably in clip form) in the BBC One show Screen Test, which began at 17.20hrs

27th December 1971
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27th December 1971
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Arthur Lowe was interviewed by Malcolm Billings on the BBC Radio 4 programme Today about Dad’s Army, at 8:00am

The Christmas episode Battle Of The Giants screened on BBC TV at 7.00-8.00pm. 18.7 million viewers watched it -

1972
25th March 1972
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The Dad's Army Comic Strip makes its debut in TV Comic issue 1058. Printed in Full Colour the strip is a single page scripted by R.A.G. "Nobby" Clarke and illustrated by Bill Titcombe who visited the Dad's Army cast in Thetford to base the character likenesses on them.
30th Apr–8th May 1972 The cast and crew of Dad’s Army go to Thetford for location filming once again.

14th May 1972
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15th - 18th May 1972

19th May 1972 

22nd - 25th May 1972

26th May 1972

29th May - 1st June 1972

Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, John Laurie and Bill Pertwee make up a Dad’s Army team to compete on an episode of the radio game show Sounds Familiar. It was recorded  between 7:00pm and 7:45pm at the BBC Radio Playhouse Theatre. This episode was broadcast on the 19th of October 1972.

Getting The Bird was rehearsed

Getting The Bird was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Asleep In The Deep was rehearsed

Asleep In The Deep was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

A Soldier’s Farewell was rehearsed

2nd June 1972

5th - 8th June 1972

7th June 1971

9th June 1972

12th - 15th June 1972

16th June 1972

19th - 22nd June 1972

23rd June 1972

26th - 29th June 1972

30th June 1972

A Soldier’s Farewell was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Keep Young And Beautiful was rehearsed

E.V.H. Emmett (the announcer in Series One) died in Ealing, London

Keep Young And Beautiful was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

The Desperate Drive of Corporal Jones was rehearsed

The Desperate Drive of Corporal Jones was recorded at BBC TV Centre, London

The King Was In His Counting House was rehearsed

The King Was In His Counting House was recorded at BBC TV Centre, London

If The Cap Fits… was rehearsed

If The Cap Fits… was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

1st July 1972
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John Laurie was interviewed at home by Ted Hart for the Dad’s Army Souvenir
magazine

5th - 13th October 1972

6th October 1972
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6th October 1972
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10th October 1972
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13th October 1972
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19th October 1972
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20th October 1972
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22nd October 1972
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27th October 1972
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30th Oct - 2nd Nov 1972

The cast and crew of Dad’s Army go to Thetford for location filming once again for Series Eight.

Location filming was done for the episode All Is Safely Gathered In on Walnut Tree Farm, Bressingham, Norfolk. During filming vehicles from the Bressingham Steam Museum were used, including a threshing machine and the traction engine Bertha. During filming, Ian Lavender cut his hand on the trigger of his Tommy Gun when he slipped over, and the platoon extra Freddie Wiles scratched his right eye when he walked into the branch of a tree

Asleep In The Deep screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.30-9.00pm. 17 million viewers watched it

Location filming for the episode Round And Round Went The Great Big Wheel took place at the Wash Lane Railway Bridge, Fornsett St Peter, Norfolk.

Keep Young And Beautiful screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.30-9.00pm. 16 million viewers watched it

The show business history game show Sounds Familiar in which Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, John Laurie and Bill Pertwee appeared as guests aired on BBC Radio

A Soldier’s Farewell screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.30-9.00pm. 17.7 million viewers watched it

Arthur Lowe was interviewed by Michael Aspel on Ask Aspel (the show no longer exists) in which he discussed Dad’s Army

Getting The Bird screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.30-9.00pm. 17.5 million viewers watched it

All Is Safely Gathered In was rehearsed

3rd November 1972

3rd November 1972
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6th - 9th November 1972

10th November 1972

10th November 1972
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13th - 16th Nov 1972

17th November 1972 

17th November 1972 
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20th November 1972

21st – 25th Nov 1972 

24th November 1972
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26th November 1972
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28th – 30th Nov 1972

All Is Safely Gathered In was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

The Desperate Drive of Corporal Jones screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.30-9.00pm. 15.8 million viewers watched it

When Did You Last See Your Money was rehearsed

When Did You Last See Your Money was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

If The Cap Fits… screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.30-9.00pm. 15.5 million viewers watched it

Brain Versus Brawn was rehearsed

Brain Versus Brawn was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

The King Was In His Counting House screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.30-9.00pm. 16 million viewers watched it

The Christmas Night With The Stars sketch Broadcast To The Empire was rehearsed

A Brush With The Law was rehearsed

All Is Safely Gathered In screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.30-9.00pm. 16.5 million viewers watched it

A Brush With The Law and Broadcast To The Empire sketch were recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Round And Round Went The Great Big Wheel was rehearsed

1st December 1972

1st December 1972
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4th – 7th December 1972

8th December 1972

8th December 1972

15th December 1972

22nd December 1972
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25th December 1972
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25th December 1972
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29th December 1972
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Round And Round Went The Great Big Wheel was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

When Did You Last See Your Money? screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.30- 9.00pm. 16 million viewers watched it

Time On My Hands was rehearsed

Time On My Hands was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Brain Versus Brawn screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.30-9.00pm. 18.6 million viewers

A Brush With The Law screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.30-9.00pm. 15.4 million viewers

Round And Round Went The Great Big Wheel screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.30-9.00pm. 13.7 million viewers watched it

Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, John Laurie and Bill Pertwee all appeared in the star-studded BBC Radio 4 special programme Christmas Morning at 10.30am. This was possibly an audioclip from a previous television episode?

The Christmas Night With The Stars sketch Broadcast To The Empire aired in the last edition of this popular annual Christmas show

Time On My Hands screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.30-9.00pm. 16.6 million viewers watched it _

1973

17th February 1973

22nd February 1973
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John Le Mesurier appeared as the guest on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4

Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier appeared on BBC’s Blue Peter as Mainwaring and Wilson, inspecting the large mural of the Dad’s Army characters as painted by a school class. A clip from Battle of the Giants was included

21st – 31st May 1973

23rd May 1973
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26th May 1973
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The cast and crew of Dad’s Army go to Thetford for location filming once again for Series Nine.

Location filming was done at The Grange Farm, Sapiston, Norfolk. I’m not sure of the exact sequence filmed here but it maybe the scene from We Know Our Onions where the Smith Gun is fired. Bill Pertwee bruised his thigh here when he walked into the corner of a van.

Jimmy Perry was presented the Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Television Scripy, for his work on Dad's Army, by Sir John Eden, Ministerfor Post and Telecommunications

Location Filming was done at Honington School and Church Hall, Malting Row, Honington, Suffolk. Scenes were for The Honourable Man and We Know Our Onions

3rd June 1973
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4th – 7th June 1973

7th June 1973
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8th June 1973 

11th – 13th June 1973

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18th – 21st June 1973

21st June 1973
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22nd June 1973   

25th – 28th June 1973

28th June 1973
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29th June 1973

The Man And The Hour was rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Paris Theatre Studio, London

My British Buddy was rehearsed

Museum Piece was rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Playhouse Theatre Studio, Northumberland Road, London

My British Buddy was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

The Dad’s Army cast go to Brighton to film the episode We Know Our Onions

The day that We Know Our Onions was scheduled to be recorded, but due to a strike the cast were forced to film the entire episode on location. So parts already filmed at Thetford were coupled with new scenes filmed at Brighton on the 11th – 13th June

The Deadly Attachment was rehearsed

Command Decision and The Enemy Within The Gates were rehearsed from 4.00pm and recorded in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Paris Theatre Studio, London

The Deadly Attachment was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

The Royal Train was rehearsed

Battle School was rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Paris Theatre Studio, London

The Royal Train was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

2nd – 7th July 1973 

6th July 1973   
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8th July 1973       

9th – 14th July 1973

13th July 1973
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14th July 1973 
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15th July 1973
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17th - 21st July 1973

20th July 1973
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21st July 1973

22nd July 1973
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23rd July 1973
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24th July 1973  
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25th July 1973
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26th July 1973
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27th July 1973
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The Honourable Man was rehearsed

The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage and The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones were rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Playhouse Theatre Studio, Northumberland Road, London

The Honourable Man was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Things That Go Bump In The Night was rehearsed

Sgt Wilson’s Little Secret and A Stripe For Frazer were rehearsed from 4.15pm and recorded in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Playhouse Theatre Studio, Northumberland Road, London. This was the last time Jimmy Beck worked in Dad’s Army

Whilst opening a fete that raised money for guide dogs, Jimmy Beck fell ill with stomach pains. On returning home he got worse, and his wife Kay rushed him the Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, London, where he slipped into a coma.

Things That Go Bump In The Night was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London without Jimmy Beck in the studio scenes as he was gravely ill in hospital. The script was hurriedly adapted to work around him

The Recruit was rehearsed with altered script to accommodate the absence of Jimmy Beck

The Showing Up of Corporal Jones and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker were rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Playhouse Theatre Studio, Northumberland Road, London. Due to the illness of James Beck, the radio actor Graham Stark was hastily brought in to cover the role of Walker in both episodes

John Laurie became Godfather to Ian lavender’s son Sam at his Christening

The Recruit was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London. This was the first television episode to not have James Beck make an appearance, as he was still in a coma in hospital. However he still appears in the end credits

Operation Kilt and Room At The Bottom were rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded in
the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Playhouse Theatre Studio, Northumberland Road, London.

The Menace From The Deep and Something Nasty in the Vault were rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Playhouse Theatre Studio, Northumberland Road, London.

Sons of the Sea was rehearsed from 4.00pm and recorded in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Paris Theatre Studio, London. A cast photo was also taken on this evening at 11pm for publicity

The Bullet Is not For Firing and No Spring For Frazer were rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Playhouse Theatre Studio, Northumberland Road, London.

Under Fire and Sorry, Wrong Number were rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Playhouse Theatre Studio, Northumberland Road, London. Sorry, Wrong Number was based on TV’s The Lion Has ‘Phones

6th August 1973
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James Beck (Private Joe Walker) who had been in a coma since the 14th of July was taken into surgery as doctors suspected he had a perforated ulcer on his liver. Complications during surgery led to his untimely death, aged just 44.

The funeral for James Beck was held at Putney Vale Cemetery, Wimbledon Common,  London at 2.00pm. The funeral was attended by Arthur Lowe, Bill Pertwee, John Laurie and other cast

27th September 1973
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John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn attended the 15th Annual Variety Club of Great Britain Meeting, officially opened by the Queen Mother at the new look Sandown Park.

October 1973

31st October 1973

Dad’s Army, the cartoon strip book by Bill Titcombe was released by Pan Books, ISBN: 0330237594

The Deadly Attachment screened for the first time on BBC TV at 6.50-7.20pm. 12.9 million viewers

3rd November 1973

7th November 1973

14th November 1973

21st November 1973

28th November 1973

Arnold Ridley appeared on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio

My British Buddy screened for the first time on BBC TV at 6.50-7.20pm. 12.5 million viewers

The Royal Train screened for the first time on BBC TV at 6.50-7.20pm. 13.1million viewers

We Know Our Onions screened for the first time on BBC TV at 6.50-7.20pm. 11.6 million viewers

The Honourable Man screened for the first time on BBC TV at 6.50-7.20pm. 12.1 million viewers

5th December 1973
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12th December 1973

Things That Go Bump In The Night screened for the first time on BBC TV at 6.50 7.20pm. 12.2 million viewers watched it

The Recruit screened for the first time on BBC TV at 6.50-7.20pm. 11.5 million viewers -

1974

28th January 1974 
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The first ever airing of the Dad’s Army Radio Series began with the first episode The Man And The Hour being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from 6.15-6.45pm. It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

4th February 1974
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11th February 1974
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18th February 1974
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25th February 1974
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Museum Piece radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 6.15-6.45pm. It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

Command Decision radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 6.15- 6.45pm. It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

The Enemy Within The Gates radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 6.15-6.45pm. It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 6.15-6.45pm. It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

4th March 1974
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11th March 1974
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18th March 1974
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25th March 1974
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The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones radio episode aired for the first time on
BBC Radio 4 from 6.15-6.45pm. It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

Sgt Wilson’s Little Secret radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from
6.15-6.45pm. It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

A Stripe For Frazer radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 6.15-6.45pm.
It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

Operation Kilt radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 6.15-6.45pm. It
repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

1st April 1974
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8th April 1974
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12th April 1974
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15th April 1974
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16th April 1974
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17th April 1974
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18th April 1974
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22nd April 1974
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29th April 1974
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29th April 1974
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30th April 1974

Battle School radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 6.15-6.45pm.
It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

Under Fire radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 6.15-6.45pm.
It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

Carl Jaffe (Captain Winogrodzki in The Enemy Within The Gates both on TV and
radio) died in London aged 72

Something Nasty In The Vault radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4
from 6.15-6.45pm. It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

Boots, Boots, Boots and Sgt…Save My Boy were recorded from 2.00pm to 9.15pm
for BBC Radio 4 at the Playhouse Theatre Studio, Northumberland Road, London.

A. Wilson (Manager)? and If The Cap Fits… were recorded from 2.00pm to 9.15pm
for BBC Radio 4 at the Playhouse Theatre Studio, Northumberland Road, London.

Uninvited Guests and The Day The Balloon Went Up were recorded from 2.00pm
to 9.15pm for BBC Radio 4 at the Playhouse Theatre Studio, London.

The Showing Up Of Corporal Jones radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 6.15-6.45pm. It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker radio episode aired for the first time
on BBC Radio 4 from 6.15-6.45pm. It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

Arthur Lowe appeared as Mainwaring on the BBC’s Blue Peter show with Jones’s
van to promote their upcoming London to Brighton race. A clip from The Armoured
Might of Lance Corporal Jones
was included

Put That Light Out and Brain Versus Brawn were recorded for BBC Radio 4

1st – 6th May 1974

5th May 1974
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6th May 1974
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7th May 1974

12th May 1974

13th May 1974
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15th May 1974
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16th May 1974
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20th May 1974
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23rd May 1974
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27th May 1974
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30 May – 8 June 1974

A Man Of Action was rehearsed

Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, Ian Lavender and Bill Pertwee took part in
the London to Brighton rally, driving Jones’s van in Dad's Army costume

Sorry Wrong Number radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 6.15-
6.45pm. It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

A Man Of Action was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

War Dance and Mum’s Army were recorded for BBC Radio 4

The Bullet Is Not For Firing radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from
6.15-6.45pm. It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

A Soldier’s Farewell and When Did You Last See Your Money were recorded for BBC Radio 4 at the Playhouse Theatre Studio, Northumberland Road, London.

Don’t Fence Me In and The King Was In His Counting House recorded for BBC Radio 4 at the Playhouse Theatre Studio, Northumberland Road, London.

Room At The Bottom radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from
6.15-6.45pm. It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

Arthur Lowe, Clive Dunn and John Laurie attended the 1974 ‘Boat Afloat Show’, held at
Little Venice, in Paddington, London. British Movietone News captured the event on film

Menace From The Deep radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from
6.15- 6.45pm. It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

The cast and crew of Dad’s Army go to Thetford for location filming for Series Ten

3rd June 1974
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No Spring For Frazer radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 6.15-6.45pm. It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

Sons of the Sea radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 6.15-6.45pm. It repeated two days later from 12.27-12.55pm

15th July 1974
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16th July 1974
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17th July 1974
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18th July 1974
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19th July 1974
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Getting The Bird and All Is Safely Gathered In were recorded from 2.00pm for BBC Radio 4
at the Playhouse Theatre Studio, Northumberland Road, London

Don’t Forget The Diver and Fallen Idol were recorded from 2.00pm for BBC Radio 4 at the Playhouse Theatre Studio, Northumberland Road, London

Branded and A Brush With The Law were recorded from 2.00pm for BBC Radio 4 at the
Playhouse Theatre Studio, Northumberland Road, London

Present Arms, the one-hour length Christmas episode of Dad’s Army that combined
storylines of TV episodes Shooting Pains and Battle of the Giants, was recorded from
2.00pm onwards at the Playhouse Theatre Studio, Northumberland Road, London. The
Dad’s Army cast had a cast party afterwards at 9.00pm

Arthur Lowe hosted a party for the Dad’s Army cast, which was attended by at least John Laurie and probably everyone else

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Ian Lavender appeared on the BBC Radio 2 programme Be My Guest talking about his life and favourite music, and playing Private Frank Pike. It aired at 20.03hrs

9th October 1974
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10th October 1974
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17th October 1974
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21st – 26th October 1974

27th October 1974
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28th Oct – 2nd Nov 1974

Members of the Dad’s Army team appear in uniform with Jones’s Van to open The Real
Dad’s Army Exhibition
at the Imperial War Museum, London. Present were Arthur Lowe,
John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie, Arnold Ridley, Bill Pertwee, Jimmy Perry and
David Croft - possibly others

John Le Mesurier, John Laurie and Arnold Ridley appeared together in the BBC Radio 4
programme The British Army And The British Soldier

The Real Dad’s Army by Norman Longmate, about the real Home Guard, was released in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum’s new display. ISBN: 009909830X

Everybody’s Trucking and Gorilla Warfare studio scenes were rehearsed

Everybody’s Trucking and Gorilla Warfare studio scenes were recorded at BBC Television
Centre, London

The Godiva Affair was rehearsed

3rd November 1974

6th – 9th November 1974

10th November 1974

13th – 16th Nov 1974

15th November 1974
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17th November 1974

19th November 1974
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22nd November 1974

29th November 1974

The Godiva Affair was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Turkey Dinner was rehearsed

Turkey Dinner was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

The Captain’s Car was rehearsed

Everybody’s Trucking screened for the first time on BBC TV at 7.45-8.15pm. 14.1 million
viewers

The Captain’s Car was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

A documentary called The Weekend Warriors aired on BBC Radio 4, about the Home Guard in WWII. Narrated by David Mahlowe and written by Norman Longmate, this programme aired at 20.30hrs

A Man of Action screened for the first time on BBC TV at 7.45-8.15pm. 16.4 million viewers

Gorilla Warfare screened for the first time on BBC TV at 7.45-8.15pm. 14.4 million viewers

6th December 1974

13th December 1974

23rd December 1974
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The Godiva Affair screened for the first time on BBC TV at 7.45-8.15pm. 13.8 million viewers

The Captain’s Car screened for the first time on BBC TV at 7.45-8.15pm. 14.4 million viewers

Turkey Dinner screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.00-8.30pm. 15.8 million viewers
watched it. Note the transmission day was a Monday, when all other episodes in the series
went out on Friday evenings. This is because this episode was considered a Christmas
episode, though Christmas is not mentioned, but the turkey dinner theme fits

Present Arms radio Christmas special aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from
1.15- 2.15pm. It repeated the next day, Christmas Day, from 7.30-8.30pm _

1975

11th February 1975
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12th February 1975
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18th February 1975
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25th February 1975
-

Don’t Forget The Diver radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from
12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

BBC Television broadcast the programme In Vision about television issues, concentrating
this episode on comedy writing. Contributors included Jimmy Perry and David Croft. Seen
from Dad’s Army were Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie, Arnold
Ridley and Ian Lavender. Also representing Ain’t Half Hot Mum were Windsor Davies and
Michael Bates.. This show exists in the BBC Archives.

If The Cap Fits… radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm.
It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

Put That Light Out radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm.
It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

4th March 1975
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11th March 1975
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18th March 1975
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25th March 1975
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Boots, Boots, Boots radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm.
It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

Sgt - Save My Boy radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm.
It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

Branded radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm. It repeated
two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

Uninvited Guests radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm.
It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

1st April 1975
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8th April 1975
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15th April 1975
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22nd April 1975
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28th April 1975
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29th April 1975
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29th April 1975
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30th April 1975
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A Brush With The Law radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-
12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

A Soldier’s Farewell radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-
12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

Brain Versus Brawn radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-
12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

War Dance radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm.
It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

A Man of Action and The Honourable Man were rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded
from 7.45-8.30pm, and 8.30-9.15pm respectively in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the
Paris Theatre Studio, London

Mum’s Army radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm.
It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

The Royal Train and Time On My Hands were rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded
from 7.45-8.30pm, and 8.30-9.15pm respectively in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the
Paris Theatre Studio, London

The Deadly Attachment and The Great White Hunter were recorded for BBC Radio 4
at the Paris Theatre Studio, London

1st May 1975
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2nd May 1975
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5th May 1975
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6th May 1975
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6th May 1975
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7th May 1975
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8th May 1975
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9th May 1975
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11th May 1975
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12th May 1975
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13th May 1975
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20th May 1975
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23rd May 1975

27th May 1975
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30th May 1975

The Recruit and The Cricket Match were rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded from
7.45-8.30pm, and 8.30-9.15pm respectively in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Paris
Theatre Studio, London

The Big Parade and Turkey Dinner were rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded from
7.45-8.30pm, and 8.30-9.15pm respectively in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Paris
Theatre Studio, London

The Godiva Affair and Big Guns were rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded from
7.45-8.30pm, and 8.30-9.15pm respectively in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Paris
Theatre Studio, London

Getting The Bird radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm.
It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

Absent Friends and My British Buddy were rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded from
7.45-8.30pm, and 8.30-9.15pm respectively in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Paris
Theatre Studio, London

Round And Round Went The Great Big Wheel and Things That Go Bump In The Night were rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded from 7.45-8.30pm, and 8.30-9.15pm respectively in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the Paris Theatre Studio, London

We Know Our Onions and The Two And A Half Feathers were rehearsed from 2.00pm and
recorded from 7.45-8.30pm, and 8.30-9.15pm respectively in the evening for BBC Radio 4
at the Paris Theatre Studio, London

Asleep In The Deep and The Captain’s Car were rehearsed from 2.00pm and recorded
from 7.45-8.30pm, and 8.30-9.15pm respectively in the evening for BBC Radio 4 at the
Paris Theatre Studio, London

Arthur Lowe recorded an episode of The Black And White Minstrel Show, in which he was
special guest as Captain Mainwaring. It screened in June 1975 on BBC 1

Keep Young And Beautiful and A Question of Reference were rehearsed from 2.00pm
and recorded from 7.45-8.30pm, and 8.30-9.15pm respectively in the evening for BBC
Radio 4 at the Paris Theatre Studio, London. A Question of Reference is based on the
TV episode The Desperate Drive of Corporal Jones

Don’t Fence Me In radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from
12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

The King Was In His Counting House  radio episode aired for the first time on BBC
Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

My Brother And I was recorded at the BBC Television Centre, London

When Did You Last See Your Money? radio episode aired for the first time on BBC
Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

High Finance was recorded at the BBC Television Centre, London

3rd June 1975
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6th June 1975

9-17 June 1975

10th June 1975
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17th June 1975
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18th June 1975
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24th June 1975
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26th June 1975

27th June 1975

Fallen Idol radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm. It
repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

When You've Got To Go was recorded at the BBC Television Centre, London

The cast and crew were filming on location at Thetford

A. Wilson (Manager)? radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-
12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

All Is Safely Gathered In radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from
12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

A Jumbo Sized Problem and Ten Seconds From Now were rehearsed from 2.00pm
and recorded from 7.45-8.30pm, and 8.30-9.15pm respectively in the evening for BBC
Radio 4 at the Paris Theatre Studio, London

The Day The Balloon Went Up radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4
from 12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm.

Is There Honey Still For Tea? was recorded at the BBC Television Centre, London

High Finance was recorded for BBC Radio 4 at the Paris Theatre Studio, London

3rd July 1975

10th July 1975

11th July 1975
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Ring Dem Bells was recorded at the BBC Television Centre, London

Come In, Your Time Is Up was recorded at the BBC Television Centre, London

Is There Honey Still For Tea was recorded for BBC Radio 4 at the Paris Theatre Studio,
London

9th August 1975
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26th August 1975
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Ian Lavender and Bill Pertwee appeared on the BBC show Seaside Special, with other
Croft and Perry stars Don Estelle, Windsor Davies, and John Inman.

Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn were interviewed by Mike Sheils on the
BBC Radio 1 programme Newsbeat at 5:00pm

4th September 1975

5th September 1975

12th September 1975
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19th September 1975
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26th September 1975
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26th September 1975
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The Dad’s Army Stage Show opened for the first ever time in Billingham, for a preview

Ring Dem Bells screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.00-8.30pm. 11.3 million viewers

When You’ve Got To Go screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.00-8.30pm. 12.6 million
viewers

Is There Honey Still For Tea? screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.00-8.30pm. 12.8
million viewers watched it

Come In, Your Time Is Up screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.00-8.30pm. 14.6 million viewers watched it

The Dad’s Army Stage Show opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre, in the West End of London,
for a preview

2nd October 1975
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2nd October 1975

3rd October 1975

19th October 1975
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27-31 October 1975
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29th October 1975

Dad’s Army, by Jimmy Perry, David Croft and H Hamilton released, paperback
ISBN: 0241892511

The full run of the Dad’s Army Stage Show began at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London

High Finance screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.00-8.30pm. 14.3 million viewers

The Face On The Poster screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.00-8.30pm. 15.5
million viewers

Susie Barnes was joined by members of the Dad's Army cast each day this week
(although perhaps not on the 30th) on the Radio London programme Downtown. No
doubt these appearances must have been promoting the Dad's Army stage show

Clive Dunn received his OBE in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace

10th November 1975
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16th November 1975
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The Dad’s Army Stage Show cast took part in the Royal Variety Performance at The
London Palladium. They did an abridged version of The Choir Practise sketch. The
performance was filmed, and screened on ITV on the 16th of November 1975

The 1975 Royal Variety Performance screened on ITV, including the ‘Choir Practise’
sketch from Dad’s Army’s stage show

26th December 1975
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My Brother And I screened for the first time on BBC TV at 6.05-6.45pm. 13.6 million
viewers watched it. This was a Christmas Special
1976

10th March 1976  
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16th March 1976 
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23rd March 1976
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23rd March 1976

30th March 1976
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This Is Your Life Arnold Ridley was broadcast on ITV. Arnold had been surprised
at Waterloo Railway Station when he was lured there under the premise that he
was making a promotional advertisement for the Dad’s Army stage show, which
had just finished at the Shaftesbury Theatre and was about to go on tour.  The
pretend promo had Mainwaring, Wilson, Jones, Pike, Hodges, the Vicar and the
Verger lined up on the platform, awaiting the arrival of Godfrey who is in the loo!
When Arnold came onto the platform on cue however he was met by Eamonn
Andrews with the famous red book, dressed as a railway porter.

A Man of Action radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-
12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

The Honourable Man radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from
12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

The English tour began for the Dad’s Army Stage Show

The Godiva Affair radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from
12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

6th April 1976
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13th April 1976
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20th April 1976
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27th April 1976
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-

Keep Young And Beautiful radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from
12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

Absent Friends radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-
12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

Round and Round Went The Great Big Wheel radio episode aired for the first time
on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

The Great White Hunter radio episode (based on the television episode Man Hunt) aired
for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from
6.15-6.45pm

4th May 1976
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9th May 1976
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11th May 1976
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15th May 1976

18th May 1976
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25th May 1976
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31 May 1976
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The Deadly Attachment radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from
12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

The Dad’s Army stage show cast descended upon the village of Arthur Lowe’s birth,
Hayfield, Derbyshire, to play a match of cricket against the local Hayfield Cricket Club.
The club’s president was none other than Arthur Lowe. Arthur and John Le Mesurier were
unable to play due to clauses in their contracts that forbade playing sport – in case they
hurt themselves. However, on the Dad’s Army side, the team included Bill Pertwee,
Ian Lavender, Teddy Sinclair and even 80-year-old Arnold Ridley. Arthur Lowe, John
Le Mesurier and Frank Williams inspected the team in Dad’s Army fashion before the
match. The Dad’s Army were all out for 147 runs, losing to Hayfield by 25 runs! No
winning ‘six’ for Godfrey this time! Arnold had actually used a runner, but kept forgetting
he was there so would also run, causing much confusion!

Things That Go Bump In The Night radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

John Laurie appeared as guest on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio

My British Buddy radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm.
It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

Big Guns radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm.
It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

Members of the Dad's Army cast appeared in clip form on the BBC Radio 4 programme
Spring Into Summer
(broadcast at 10.45hrs, and presented by David Jacobs). Also
appearing were Ronnie Barker, Susan Becker, Michael Bentine, John Cleese, Phyllis
Diller, Benny Hill. Alfred Marks, Frank Muir, Al Read and Allan Sherman

1st June 1976
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8th June 1976
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15th June 1976
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22nd June 1976
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29th June 1976
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The Big Parade radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm.
It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

Asleep In The Deep radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-
12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

We Know Our Onions radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from
12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

The Royal Train radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from
12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

A Question of Reference radio episode (based on the television episode The
Desperate Drive of Corporal Jones
) aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from
12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

6th July 1976
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13th July 1976
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20th July 1976
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27th July 1976
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High Finance radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm.
It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

The Recruit radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm.
It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

A Jumbo Sized Problem radio episode (based on the television episode Everybody’s
Trucking
) aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two
days later from 6.15-6.45pm

The Cricket Match radio episode (based on the television episode The Test)aired for
the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from
6.15- 6.45pm

3rd August 1976
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10th August 1976
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10th August 1976
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17th August 1976
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24th August 1976
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30th August 1976
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31st August 1976
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Time On My Hands radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-
12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

Turkey Dinner radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-
12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

The pilot show The Rear Guard, the American adaptation of Dad’s Army made by
ABC-TV, screened for the first and only time on channels 7 and 8 at 10:00-10:30pm
in the United States of America. This was an adaptation of the script from Dad’s
Army’s most popular episode, the Deadly Attachment, and centred round a Long
Island Civil Defense unit who capture a German U-Boat crew. No series was made,
and the show was lost by ABC-TV till a copy was found by Dave Homewood of the
DAAS NZ Branch that had been kept by the director Hal Cooper. Portions of this show
were screened on 23rd December 2001 in the BBC’s special Missing Presumed Wiped

The Captain’s Car radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4 from 12.27-
12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

The Two And A Half Feathers radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4
from 12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

Members of the Dad's Army cast appeared in clip form on the BBC Radio 4 programme
Fall Into Autumn
(broadcast at 10.45hrs, and presented by David Jacobs). The show
marked the end of the summer holiday season and had an accent on the humorous side
of holidays and leisure. Also appearing were Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Frankie
Howerd, Morecambe and Wise, Peter Bull, Joyce Greenfeld, Flanders and Swann,
and Tony Hancock

Is There Honey Still For Tea? radio episode aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4
from 12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm

7th September 1976
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23rd September 1976
-

Ten Seconds From Now radio episode (based on the Christmas Night With The
Stars episode The Cornish Floral Dance) aired for the first time on BBC Radio 4
from 12.27-12.55pm. It repeated two days later from 6.15-6.45pm. This was the final
radio episode made in the series.

Dad’s Army, by Jimmy Perry and David Croft script book released in paperback by Sphere
Books, ISBN: 0722104065

10th October 1976 The Love of Three Oranges was recorded at the BBC Television Centre, London

20th-21st December 1976

26th December 1976
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Dad’s Army made two public safety adverts at Woodley for PELICON Pedestrian Crossings

The Love of Three Oranges screened for the first time on BBC TV at 7.25-7.55pm.
13.7 million viewers watched it. This was a Christmas Special -

1977

3rd January 1977
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15th January 1977
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27th January 1977

Dad's Army appeared in a clip on the BBC Two programme Max Bygraves - 'I Wanna
Tell You A Story'
airing at 20.15hrs (repeated 21 July 1977)

Ian Lavender appeared as the Mystery Star on the BBC’s Multi Coloured Swap Shop.
This recording may be lost

Dad's Army featured among the clips of the BBC One show Screen Test

24th June 1977 The Miser’s Hoard was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

1st July 1977

8th July 1977 

15th July 1977

22nd July 1977 

22nd July 1977
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27th July 1977

29th July 1977

The Making of Private Pike was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Wake-Up Walmington was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London 

Number Engaged was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London

Knights of Madness was recorded at BBC Television Centre, London                     

Eric Chitty, who appeared as Mr Sedgewick in Boots, Boots, Boots (on TV and radio),
Mr Parsons in the radio version of Time On My Hands, and the RSPCA man in Gorilla
Warfare
, died, aged 70

Ernst Ulman (Sigmund Murphy in Under Fire) died

Never Too Old was recorded at the BBC Television Centre, London

29th August 1977
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Edward Sinclair (The Verger, Maurice Yeatman) died suddenly from a heart attack, at Cheddar, England. He was 63.

2nd October 1977
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9th October 1977
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15th October 1977
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16th October 1977
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23rd October 1977
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Wake-Up Walmington screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.10-8.40pm. 10.2 million
viewers watched it

The Making of Private Pike screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.10-8.40pm. 10.3
million viewers watched it

John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn appeared as Wilson and Jones on the BBC’s Multi
Coloured Swap Shop
. This recording may be lost

Knights of Madness screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.10-8.40pm. 10.2 million
viewers watched it

The Miser’s Hoard screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.10-8.40pm. 11.1 million
viewers watched it

6th November 1977
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13th November 1977
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Number Engaged screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.10-8.40pm. 9.6 million
viewers watched it

Never Too Old screened for the first time on BBC TV at 8.10-8.40pm. 12.5 million viewers
watched it

17th December 1977
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25 December 1977
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Dad's Army featured in ths documentary Royal Variety, featuring the best performances
of that show over the past 25 years. Aired on BBC Radio 4 at 14.00hrs

Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and John Laurie did a cameo as Mainwaring, Wilson and
Frazer on The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show_

1978

27th March 1978
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2nd June 1978
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Nan Braunton (Cissy Gofrey in The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage, The Day The Balloon
Went Up
, War Dance and Branded) died at Denville Hall, Northwood, London

Jimmy Perry and David Croft were both made Officers of the Order of the British Empire
(Civil Division), or O.B.E. in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to entertainment

1979

17th January 1979
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Peter Butterworth, who had played Mr Bugden the printer in The Face on The Poster, died
aged 59_

The 1980's

25th January 1980
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2nd April 1980
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23rd June 1980
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21st December 1980
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Queenie Watts (Mrs Keen in Under Fire; Mrs Peters in The Armoured Might of Lance
Corporal Jones
, and Edna in The Two And A Half Feathers)
died in London, England,
from cancer, aged 53

Bill Pertwee rode a tricycle across Westminster Bridge, London, wearing his Warden's
helmet!

John Laurie (Private James Frazer) died after an illness with emphysema, at his home
village of Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire

The LWT special Night of One Hundred Stars featured John Le Mesurier, Arnold Ridley, Ian Lavender, Bill Pertwee and Frank Williams in character

24th February 1981
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14th July 1981

19th July 1981
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15th September 1981
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25th October 1981

A Dad’s Army cast reunion took place at the Ritz Hotel in London. All the surviving main
actors - Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, Arnold Ridley, Ian Lavender, Bill
Pertwee and Frank Williams – attended a special function for the Variety Club of Great
Britain. The cast handed over one of the Variety Club’s ‘Sunshine Coaches’ for disabled
children to a deserving children’s charity.

Charles Hill (Captain Square's Butler and Sergeant) died in Tooting Bec, London, aged 74

The pilot for It Sticks Out Half A Mile with Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier was recorded.
Due to Arthur Lowe's death in 1982, it wasn't aired until 29th of May 2004 on BBC Radio 7

Harold Bennett, who had played the reoccurring role of Mr Blewitt (sometimes billed as
Mr Bluett) died, aged 82

Eric Woodburn (George Jones in Museum Piece) died at Cambrn, London, aged 87

18th March 1982
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15th April 1982
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15th April 1982
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15th April 1982

6th August 1982
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5th November 1982

9th December 1982
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The BAFTA Awards were broadcast on ITV, in which Arthur Lowe presented David Croft OBE with the Desmond Davis Award. Clips from David’s more famous shows, including Dad’s Army, were included in the presentation

Arthur Lowe recorded his last radio performances at BBC Radio Birmingham and BRMB. The BBC performance was fed live to London, where it was taped for the troops in the Falklands Islands Task Force, as Arthur wanted to gee their morale up. The DJ, thought to be Tommy Vance, asked him questions which he answered in Mainwaring fashion

Arthur Lowe appeared on Pebble Mill At One, interviewed by Noelene Buchan. This was his last television appearance. He talks about Dad’s Army (clip from Number Engaged shown), as well as Bless Me Father, Potter (clip shown) and his current play Home At Seven. This was his last ever performance

Arthur Lowe (Captain Mainwaring) died in Birmingham, UK, after suffering a stroke. He was 66

BBC Radio 2 aired Round Midnight - Dad's Army / It Ain't Half Hot Mum in which Jimmy Perry is interviewed about Dad's Army and It Ain't Half Hot Mum. His references to the latter programme include details of the last episode which was transmitted that night (must have been a repeat), and also about the stage show - although the TV series had finished, the cast were at the time on stage in Scarborough. He goes on to talk in more detail about seaside shows, and also about his time in the Royal Artillery Concert Party.

Talfryn Thomas (Private ‘Taffy’ Cheeseman, WC) died after suffering a heart attack

Clips of Dad's Army appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme Kaleidoscope in the preview of TV Sit Com: Anything For A Laugh

2nd January 1983

13th November 1983
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15th November 1983
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31st December 1983
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Olive Mercer, who played Mrs Yeatman, the Verger's wife, died at Hillingdon, London, aged 77

The Dad’s Army spin-off It Sticks Out Half A Mile was first broadcast on BBC Radio 2. The series starred John Le Mesurier, Ian Lavender and Bill Pertwee, with Janet Davies, in their original Dad’s Army roles

John Le Mesurier (Sergeant Arthur Wilson) died in Ramsgate, Kent, following a long illness with liver disease. He was 71

Frank Muir presents a 2-part programme Best of British Comedy , about 25 years of BBC comedy. Includes excerpts from Dad's Army, amongst other shows.

13th February 1984
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4th March 1984

12th March 1984

6th June 1984
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23rd July 1984
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October 1984 
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John Le Mesurier’s autobiography ‘A Jobbing Actor’ was released by H. Hamilton Publishing in hardcover posthumously.

Geoffrey Lumsden (Captain Square) died from heart failure, aged 69

Arnold Ridley OBE (Godfrey) died in London, aged 88

Clive Dunn and Bill Pertwee appeared as Lance Corporal Jones and Warden Hodges
on the Jim Davidson Special, which marked the 40th Anniversary of D Day. Also
appearing in the sketch were Windsor Davies (Sgt-Major Williams) and Melvyn
Hayes (Bombardier ‘Gloria’ Beaumont) of It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, and Tony Selby
(Corporal Marsh) of Get Some In.

Anthony Sharp (War Office Brigadier in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker and the Colonel in the making of Private Pike) died in London, England

John Le Mesurier’s autobiography ‘A Jobbing Actor’ was released for a second printing by Chivers Publishing in hardcover

7th January 1985

18th July 1985

The Dad's Army film is discussed in the BBC Radio 2 programme Cinema Scrapbook

Robert Raglan died at Wandsworth, London, England, aged 76

20th June 1986
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31st July 1986
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22nd September 1986

23rd November 1986
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Clive Dunn’s autobiography ‘Permission To Speak’ was released in hardcover by
Century Hutchinson Publishing

Diana King (Chairwoman in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker) died in Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, England

Janet Davies (Mrs Mavis Pike) died after a battle with cancer. She was 56.

Dad's Army was discussed in the BBC Two programme Windmill in the episode War And
Peace
, presented by Chris Serle, and looking at television's past in clips form the BBC
Library at Windmill Road, London

4th February 1987
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6th June 1987
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20th July 1987
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Patrick Waddington (the Brigadier in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker) died in
York, England, aged 83

Fulton Mackay OBE, who had played Captain Ramsey in We Know Our Onions, and Dr
McCeavedy in The Miser’s Hoard, died aged 64

John Le Mesurier’s autobiography ‘A Jobbing Actor’ was released in paperback by Sphere
Books

January 1988
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5th February 1988
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28th April 1988
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1st July 1988
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6th July 1988
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13th July 1988
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20th July 1988
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27th July 1988
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1st August 1988
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3rd August 1988
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10th August 1988
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Michael Mills, the BBC Head of Comedy who commissioned Dad's Army, died aged 68.
He also coined the name of the show, Dad's Army

Dad's Army "The Royal Train" screened as part of A Night of Comic Relief, introduced
specially by Jimmy Perry

Martin Wyldeck (Major Regan in The Showing Up of Corporal Jones and Shooting Pains)
died in Richmond, England, aged 74

The book Dad’s Army: The Defence of a Front Line English Village by Paul Ableman
was released in hardcover by Parkwest Publications. ISBN: 9990622132

The first part in the six-part radio series Definitely Dunn, with Clive Dunn speaking about
his life, began with episode 1 Pubs and Parents on BBC Radio 2 at 10.00-10.15pm

The second episode of Definitely Dunn, with Clive Dunn - Flat Feet and Concert
Parties
- was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 at 10.00-10.15pm

The third episode of Definitely Dunn, with Clive Dunn -Relieving General
Gordon
- was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 at 10.00-10.15pm

The fourth episode of Definitely Dunn, with Clive Dunn - Glamorous Nights in a
Prison Camp
- was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 at 10.00-10.15pm

Clive Dunn, Bill Pertwee, Ian Lavender, David Croft and Jimmy Perry appeared
on Wogan to mark the 20th Anniversary of Dad’s Army. Terry Wogan interviewed
them at length about the series

The fifth episode of Definitely Dunn, with Clive Dunn - Grandad and the Elephant -
was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 at 10.00-10.15pm

The sixth and final episode of Clive Dunn’s six-part autobiographical radio series
Definitely Dunn
, episode The Men From Walmington, was aired on BBC Radio 2.
This episode is about Dad’s Army

4th July 1989
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30 September, 1989
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24th October 1989
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26th October 1989
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24th November 1989
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6th December 1989-

Jack Haig, who appeared on stage as Lance Corporal Jones, and on TV as the Gardener in The Day The Balloon Went Up and Mr Palethorpe in Ring Dem Bells, died

Dad’s Army: The Defence of a Frontline English Village by Paul Ableman released (BBC Consumer Publishing) ISBN: 0563208503

Clive Dunn, Bill Pertwee, Ian Lavender, Frank Williams, David Croft and Jimmy Perry all appeared on Daytime Live to promote Bill’s book ‘Dad’s Army – The Making of a Television Legend’, presented by Judi Speirs and Andy Craig

Bill Pertwee’s book ‘Dad’s Army – The Making of a Television Legend’ was published for the first time by David & Charles Publishing in hardback. ISBN: 0715394894

The Dad’s Army Appreciation Society made tentative moves to become established when its founder, Dave Lovering enrolled the first ever member – Dave Homewood of New Zealand

Bill Pertwee, Ian Lavender and Jimmy Perry were interviewed on BBC Radio’s Open Air-

The 1990's

February 1990
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8th of May 1990
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4th June 1990

18th July 1990

31st December 1990
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31st December 1990
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The original Dad’s Army Appreciation Society, which was established by Dave Lovering, released its first and only magazine issue, which was simply entitled Members Magazine

Ian Lavender presented Look, Duck and Vanish, a BBC Radio 2 programme marking 50 years since the formation of the LDV and Home Guard. It aired at 21.00hrs

The BBC Video The Two And A Half Feathers was released

The Dad's Army film was discussed in Cinema Scrapbook on BBC Radio 2

The BBC Radio Collection set Dad’s Army: Command Decision was released. It included the radio episodes Command Decision, The Man And The Hour, Museum Piece and The Enemy Within The Gates. ISBN: 0563365803

The BBC Radio Collection set Dad’s Army: A Jumbo Sized Problem was released. It included the radio episodes Ten Seconds from Now, A Jumbo Sized Problem, Time on My Hands and When Did You Last See Your Money? ISBN: 0563411201

3rd June 1991

5th August 1991

15th December 1991
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The BBC Video Mum’s Army (with Big Guns) was released

The BBC Video Man Hunt (with When Did You Last See Your Money? was released

A segment called "Dad's Army On The Road" appeared in the BBC Radio 5 Live show Motoring Madness. May not be related to the series?

16th April, 1992
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1st June 1992
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19th September 1992
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Bill Pertwee’s book Stars In Battledress was released by Hodder & Stoughton General in
hardcover

The BBC Video BBCV4763 No Spring For Frazer, also with the episodes Absent Friends
and A. Wilson: Manager? was released

Dad's Army was examined in the BBC Radio 2 programmed You Can't Have One Without
The Other
, episode 'Pen and Paper'. Among those who appeared, and were in clips, were
Jimmy Perry and David Croft, Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn and Ian Lavender

8th February 1993
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19 March 1993

5th April 1993
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5th July 1993
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August 1993
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August 1993
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September 1993

27th September 1993

18th October 1993
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27th November 1993

27th December 1993
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28th December 1993
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The BBC Video BBCV4892 The Man And The Hour, also with the episodes Museum Piece and Command Decision was released

David Croft OBE was a castaway on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs

The BBC Radio Collection set Dad’s Army: A Stripe For Frazer was released. It included the radio episodes A Stripe For Frazer, The Honourable Man, The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage and High Finance. ISBN: 0563401044

The BBC Video The Enemy Within The Gates was released, with the other episodes being The Showing Up of Corporal Jones and Shooting Pains

At Bill Pertwee’s instigation, the defunct Dad’s Army Appreciation Society was restarted with Yorkshireman Tadge Muldoon at the helm, with the self-imposed rank of Commander-in-Chief. He was assisted by his neighbour Steph Castle.

Tadge Muldoon appeared on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast with is wife Bev and sons Tommy and Jack to promote the newly reestablished Dad's Army Appreciation Society

The first issue of the DAAS magazine “Permission To Speak, Sir!” was released

Bill Pertwee appaered with Su Pollard of Noel Edmonds' Tele Addicts BBC1 quiz show

The BBC Video BBCV5120 The Very Best of Dad’s Army, containing the episodes The Deadly Attachment, The Day The Balloon Went Up, Sons Of The Sea, The Two And A Half Feathers, and Asleep In The Deep was issued

Clive Dunn appeared on Noel’s House Party as Lance Corporal Jones

Dad's Army's 1972 episode 'Broadcast To The Empire' was screened as part of At Home With Vic And Bob

Bill Pertwee’s tribute documentary The Arthur Lowe Story aired on BBC Radio 2. Bill
wrote and presented this excellent show with interviews and clips from many of Arthur’s friends and shows.

7th February 1994
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13th March 1994
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6th June 1994
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June 1994  
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16th July 1994
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1st August 1994

19th October 1994
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December 1994

7 August 1994 

The BBC Radio Collection set Dad’s Army: Sergeant Wilson’s Little Secret was released. It included the radio episodes Sergeant Wilson’s Little Secret, The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones, Operation Kilt and Battle School. ISBN: 0563394404

Ian Lavender reprised his role of Private Pike while visiting the Barmy Army Film Club in Kent. He was reporting a story for the TV breakfast show This Morning, which aired on the 22nd of March 1994

The BBC Video BBCV5442 My British Buddy, which also included episodes All Is Safely Gathered In and The Royal Train was released

Bill Pertwee’s book ‘Dad’s Army – The Making of a Television Legend’ was republished by Foreland Films in paperback

A BBC Radio 2 show You Can’t Have one Without The Other aired. Itw as a programme on working partnerships including Jimmy Perry and David Croft, Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier, and Ian Lavender and Clive Dunn

The BBC Video A Brush With The Law was released

The BBC Video BBCV5396 The Very Best of Dad’s Army - Vol 2, containing the episodes No Spring For Frazer, Mum's Army, Menace From The Deep, When Did You Last See Your Money? and The Honourable Man was issued

The fourth issue of “Permission To Speak, Sir!” magazine was released by Tadge Muldoon

Larry Martyn died in St Mary's Bay, Kent, UK

1st January 1995

20th February 1995
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26th February 1995
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4th March 1995
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19th March 1995
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March 1995
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April 1995
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3rd April 1995 
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3rd April 1995

16th April 1995

18th April 1995
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30th April 1995
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May 1995

Late June 1995

7th August 1995

20th December 1995
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The Dad's Army Song Book was released, with music and lyrics from the series

An episode of Goodnight Sweetheart parodied Dad’s Army when time travelling character Gary
Sparrow (Nicholas Lyndhurst) - who could travel between the 1990’s and the 1940’s - goes back
to the 1940’s to invest in a bank, intending to collect the money with interest on returning to the 1990’s. When he meets the manager he finds a pompous, balding little man called Mainwaring
(Alec Linstead), and his vague, upper class chief clerk Wilson (Terence Hardiman). Gary recognises the characters from Dad’s Army and begins to mock them – of course they have
no idea what he’s on about. Then the clumsy junior clerk (Max Digby) comes in and Gary asks
if his name is Pike. Mainwaring says no, his name was Major (a political slur on the then-Prime
Minister John Major)

Bill Pertwee was interviewed by Betty Marsden during a major radio special marking the last performance at the BBC Paris Theatre recording studios before they closed.

The first ever DAAS Convention was held at the Victory Services Club, Central London for
"A Night With Private Sponge”. Colin Bean was the special guest

The Story of Dad’s Army (A Television Legend), the audio book written and narrated by Bill Pertwee released by Argo with the ISBN: 1858498430

The Dad’s Army Appreciation Society sub-group “The Mid-West Platoon”, which was run by Jack Wheeler of Oxford and Bob Barnes of Swindon, went on their first outing to the village of Chalfont-St-Giles. At least 12 members attended the do, which included lunch in the Crown Hotel, that doubled as Martins Bank in the Dad’s Army film. The Mid-West platoon had other days planned, including a visit to the National Film Theatre to watch the thought-lost episode Sgt Wilson’s Little Secret, a visit to Stephen Lowe’s boat Amazon, a weekend trip to Thetford, a visit to Arthur Lowe’s Little Venice flat, and a trip to the RAF Museum. But none of these events eventuated due to changing circumstances in the DAAS

The Dad’s Army Appreciation Society New Zealand Branch was established by Dave 
Homewood of Cambridge, New Zealand.

The first issue of the Dad’s Army Appreciation Society New Zealand Branch magazine was
released

The BBC Radio Collection set Dad’s Army: Sorry Wrong Number was released. It included the radio episodes Sorry Wrong Number, Something Nasty in the Vault, The Showing Up of Corporal Jones and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker. ISBN: 0563390581

The BBC Video The Recruit (with A Man of Action and The Captain’s Car) released

Arthur English, who played the policeman in Absent Friends, died

Omnibus documentary Perry and Croft: The Sitcoms was broadcast on BBC 1. This programme interviewed Jimmy Perry and David Croft about their three most popular collaborative works, Dad’s Army, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum and Hi De Hi. Among those interviewed were Clive Dunn, Bill Pertwee and Ian Lavender

Ian Lavender, Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams and Jimmy Perry recorded Dad’s Army special
sketch The Boy Who Saved England, with Barry Cryer and Ken Bruce. This sketch featured
Pike, Hodges and the Vicar, joined by Jimmy Perry as Colonel Willoughby-Smythe, and Cryer
and Bruce played German spies intent on wreaking havoc with robots of Winston Churchill.
Far fetched compared with the real Dad’s Army, it is still great fun and wonderful to hear
some of the team back in character Recorded at 7pm, at the BBC Theatre, Broadcasting
House. This sketch was broadcast as part of the Full Steam A-Hudd programme aired at
7.30pm on 3rd June 1995 on BBC Radio 2

Tadge Muldoon of the Dad’s Army Appreciation Society died in an industrial accident, aged 36

Jack Wheeler took over the Dad’s Army Appreciation Society as the new Commander-in-Chief

The BBC Video Knights of Madness was released

This Is Your Life David Croft screened on BBC 1. David was surprised outside the BBC
Television Centre, London when he arrived for what he thought was an official function, only
to have a great replica of Jones’s van pull up behind his car, and out from the back jumped
Clive Dunn, Bill Pertwee and Frank Williams, along with Michael Aspel and the big red book.

25th March 1996
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1st April 1996
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3rd June 1996

12th June 1996

7th October 1996
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19th October 1996
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October 1996

John Snagge, former wartime newsreader and presenter of Dad’s Army radio series, died,
aged 91

The BBC Radio Collection set Dad’s Army: Menace From The Deep was released. It included the radio episodes Menace From The Deep, Under Fire, The Bullet Is Not For Firing and Room At The Bottom. ISBN: 0563388781

The BBC Video The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones was released

Dad's Army featured among the clips in Funny World presented by Barbara Windsor

The BBC Video BBCV5932 Round and Round Went The Great Big Wheel, which also included episodes Time On My Hands and We Know Our Onions was released

The UK Dad’s Army Appreciation Society held their first big Convention in York, attended by Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams, Colin Bean and Eric Longworth

Bill Pertwee’s autobiography ‘A Funny Way To Make A Living’ was published by Sunburst Books 

14th January 1997
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1st February 1997

5th February 1997
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3rd March 1997

2nd April 1997
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7th April 1997
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27th April 1997

29th April 1997
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11th June 1997

2nd July 1997

2nd July 1997
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7th July 1997
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11th July 1997
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31st July 1997
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6th August 1997

19th August 1997
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17th September 1997
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18th September 1997
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7th October 1997
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30th October 1997
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31st October 1997
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Bill Pertwee and Ian Lavender appeared together on the BBC Radio 2 talk show The Jamesons in which Derek and Ellen Jameson interviewed them about Dad’s Army

The BBC Video Sergeant Wilson’s Little Secret was released

The tribute show Dad’s Army Selection Box was broadcast on BBC1. It featured Wendy Richard (actress), Nicholas Parsons (television personality), Sir Patrick Moore (astronomer), Chris Tarrant (TV presenter), Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan (TV presenters), Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis (comedians), Lee Chapman (footballer), Pam St Clement (actress), Jack Dee (comedian), Roy Hudd (comedian and actor), Simon Shepherd (actor), Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer (comedians) all talking about their favourite scenes of Dad’s Army

The BBC Video Room At The Bottom was released

The BBC Video Uninvited Guests (with The Desperate Drive of Corporal Jones and The King Was In His Counting House) was released

The BBC Radio Collection set Dad’s Army: Don’t Forget The Diver was released. It included the radio episodes Don’t Forget The Diver, If The Cap Fits…, A Brush With The Law and Getting The Bird ISBN: 0563381175

The DAAS holds its first ever tour of the filming locations

Ian Lavender presented the BBC Radio tribute Croft Originals about David Croft’s sitcoms, his life and his career

David Croft is interviewed by Chris Serle on After Six on BBC Radio 2  

The BBC Video The Deadly Attachment was released

In Kaleidoscope on BBC Radio 4, Paul Gambaccini looked at the way that the British have portrayed their national character on screen, from Dickens to Dad's Army

A BBC Gold audio set was released with the Dad’s Army episodes Ten Seconds From Now, A Jumbo-sized Problem, When Did You Last See Your Money? and Time On My Hands. This was a re-release of the Dad’s Army 1 set in the BBC Radio Collection. ISBN: 0563382856

On BBC Radio 3 at 20:10hrs Book of the Month was aired. This was the fourth of twelve monthly programmes in which a leading writer or critic reviews a new publication. In this episode, how Britishness in portrayed on screen is discussed by film historian Ian Christie as he reviews `Films and British National Identity: From Dickens to Dad's Army', a new volume of essays in which cultural historian Jeffrey Richards explores the vital role cinema television have played in defining national identity.

The book Films and British National Identity: From Dickens to "Dad's Army" (Studies in Popular Culture) by Jeffrey Richards was released by Manchester University Press; ISBN: 0719047420 and in paperback as ISBN: 0719047439 

Ian Lavender was interviewed about Dad's Army on Channel 5 chat show 5's Company

Clive Dunn was interviewed by telephone as an amateur group did a spoof of Dad’s Army on ITV’s Beadle’s Hot Shots

Bill Pertwee’s book ‘Dad’s Army – The Making of a Television Legend’ was republished in paperback by Pavillion Books

Richard Webber’s book Dad’s Army: A Celebration was released in paperback by Virgin Books. ISBN: 1852276940

Jimmy Perry, Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams, Ian Lavender and Clive Dunn were interviewed by Richard Madeley on ITV’s This Morning to promote Bill Pertwee’s revised book Dad’s Army - The Making of a Television Legend 30th Anniversary Edition, also Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s book Dad’s Army – The Lost Episode is mentioned.

Bill Pertwee was interviewed on BBC Radio 2 by John Dunn about his revised version of the book Dad’s Army: The Making Of A Television Legend

Dad’s Army: The Making of a Television Legend 30th Anniversary Edition by Bill Pertwee released by Pavillion Books in hardcover, an extended and revised version of the 1989 book. ISBN: 1862051763

2nd April 1998 

18th April 1998
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8th June 1998
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6th July 1998 
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6th July 1998      

14th July 1998
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31st July 1998
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31st July 1998
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7th September 1998

12th September 1998
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17th September 1998  
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26th and 27th Sept 1998
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28th September 1998
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The BBC Video The Day The Balloon Went Up was re-released

The DAAS held a convention marking the 30th Anniversary of Dad’s Army (which had its first
studio recording on the 15th of April 1968) at the Oval Cricket Ground in London. In attendance
were Jimmy Perry, David Croft, Bill Pertwee, Clive Dunn, Ian Lavender, Pam Cundell, Michael Knowles, Colin Bean, Felix Bowness, Eric Longworth, Harold Snoad, Kay Beck, Joan Le Mesurier, Philip Madoc, Gladys Sinclair, Brenda Cowling, Carmen Silvera, John Hart Dyke,
Hugh Cecil, Hugh Hastings and Charles Garland along with over two hundred fans. The Dad’s
Army Handbook
was also launched at this function

The popular 3BM Television production Secret History aired an episode called Secret History:
Dad's Army
on Channel 4 in the UK about the Home Guard

The BBC Radio Collection set Dad’s Army: My British Buddy was released. It included the
radio episodes My British Buddy, The King Was In His Counting House, The Godiva Affair
and The Deadly Attachment. ISBN: 0563557451

The BBC Video The Big Parade was released

BBC regional news show Look East had a special report about Dad's Army and the
programme's strong link in the area (Norfolk). David Croft was interviewed about his various comedy programmes

The 30th Anniversary of Dad’s Army being screened on BBC television was marked at the Imperial War Museum. In attendance for the massed world press were Clive Dunn, Ian Lavender and Bill Pertwee

To mark the 30th Anniversary of Dad’s Army a first day cover was released by Benham.
Restricted to just 1000 covers, they were each hand signed by the remaining cast, and the
launch was done at the Imperial War Museum

The BBC Video Turkey Dinner was released

A DAAS Local Event was held at the Bonding Warehouse in York, attended by Frank Williams
and Alec Coleman, who had appeared as an extra in the platoon in the early episodes

Dad’s Army: The Making of a Television Legend 30th Anniversary Edition by Bill Pertwee
re-released by Pavilion Books in paperback. It was also apparently released sometime this
year by Bramley Books in paperback too with the ISBN: 1858338077

The DAAS holds its second annual Tour of Locations to the area around Thetford, which included a tour of the STANTA battle area
                                           
Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes by Jimmy Perry and David Croft released by Virgin Books in hardback. ISBN: 1852277572

1st February 1999
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1st February 1999

21st February 1999
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1st March 1999
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22nd March 1999
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24th March 1999    
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2nd April 1999 

10th April 1999
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22nd April 1999 
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20th May 1999  
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June 1999   
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7th June 1999
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22nd July 1999
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24th July 1999

25th July 1999      
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6th September 1999
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2nd October 1999
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This Is Your Life Bill Pertwee was broadcast on BBC 1. Bill was surprised whilst he attended a reunion for wartime Air Raid Wardens at the Imperial War Museum in London. While he was posing with a group of real wardens for a photo, someone behind him began to jostle him. It was Ian Lavender in disguise, and also Michael Aspel with that red book. Also appearing were Clive Dunn, Pam Cundell, Frank Williams, Hugh Hastings, David Croft and Jimmy Perry

The BBC Video Is There Honey Still For Tea? was released

The tribute show Arthur Lowe – A Life On The Box was broadcast on BBC1. Clive Dunn,
Ian Lavender, Bill Pertwee and Wendy Richard along with Jimmy Perry and David Croft

The BBC Radio Collection set Dad’s Army: A Man of Action was released. It included the
radio episodes A Man of Action, The Day the Balloon Went Up, Branded and Round and
Round Went the Great Big Wheel.
ISBN: 0563558873

Dad's Army featured as one of the comedies in the episode 'War' in Alexei Sayle's four-part
series You Cannot Be Serious on BBC Two at 21.30hrs. Also featured were It Ain't Half Hot
Mum and Allo, Allo.

Laughter In The House: The Story Of British Sitcom, featured Dad’s Army cast members
Clive Dunn, Ian Lavender, and Wendy Richard along with Jimmy Perry and David Croft. It
screened on BBC 1

An episode of Collector’s Lot featured the Dad’s Army Appreciation Society

A DAAS Local Event was held at Mays Bounty Cricket Ground, Basingstoke, which was attended by Harold Snoad and Felix Bowness

Bill Pertwee appeared in an episode of That Reminds Me on BBC Radio 4 talking about his
life and career, including his time in Dad's Army - with some terrific impressions

Dad’s Army: A Celebration by Richard Webber was released in paperback version by Virgin Publishers

The second edition of the Dad’s Army Handbook, created by the DAAS team, is released. It is massively expanded upon compared with the April 1998 first edition

The BBC Video BBCV6715 The Face on the Poster, which also included episodes My Brother And I and The Love of Three Oranges was released

Bill Pertwee’s book ‘Beside The Seaside: A Celebration of 100 Years of Seaside Entertainment’ was published by Collins and Brown in hardcover

Jimmy Perry unveils a plaque to commemorate Dad’s Army in the Bell Hotel, Thetford

The DAAS hold a Dad’s Army Day at the Bressingham Steam Museum, attended by Bill Pertwee, Pam Cundell and Frank Williams

The BBC Video BBCV6810 Wake Up Walmington, which also included episodes Never Too Old and Number Engaged was released

In The Monkhouse Archive: Bob Goes Online, Bob Monkhouse looked at sketches and sitcoms, with excerpts from Dad's Army, Porridge, Men Behaving Badly and Steptoe and Son on his state-of-the-art audio comedy archive computer database. This aired at 1:00pm on BBC Radio 2

The 2000's

7th February 2000
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13th March 2000
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18th April 2000
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May 2000
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13th May 2000
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14th May 2000
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19th July 2000
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16th September 2000
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30th September 2000

12th October 2000
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14th October 2000
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The BBC Radio Collection set Dad’s Army: A Soldier’s Farewell was released. It included the radio episodes A Soldier’s Farewell, All is Safely Gathered In, The Big Parade and Asleep in the Deep. ISBN: 0563553472

The Castle Vision VHS release Britain At War: Home Guard, a compilation of Home Guard footage and clips from the Dad's Army film, and narrated by Ian Lavender, was released.

In the first of two episodes of the programme First Draft on BBC Radio 4, Harry Thompson talked to comedy writers, actors and producers about the process by which a glimmer of an idea is transformed into an award-winning comedy. Dad’s Army was one of the shows discussed. This aired at 11:30am

A paperback edition of Bill Pertwee’s book Dad’s Army: The Making of a Television Legend was released by Parkgate Books. ISBN: 1902616634

The Thetford Town Council hosted a Dad’s Army themed parade, which saw many vehicles and stars from the show pass through the town’s streets, including Jones’ van.In attendance were Jimmy Perry, David Croft, Bill Pertwee, Clive Dunn, Ian Lavender, Frank Williams, Pam Cundell, Eric Longworth, Harold Snoad, Kay Beck, Joan Le Mesurier, Brenda Cowling, Felix Bowness and Charles Garland

The Dad’s Army Collection, a museum dedicated to the series, was opened at Bressingham
Steam Museum, Diss, Norfolk by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. The DAAS held a Convention
at the opening, and a reunion of Dad’s Army cast and crew took place. In attendance were
Jimmy Perry, David Croft, Bill Pertwee, Clive Dunn, Ian Lavender, Frank Williams, Pam
Cundell, Eric Longworth, Harold Snoad, Kay Beck, Joan Le Mesurier, Brenda Cowling,
Felix Bowness and Charles Garland

Don't Panic! The `Dad's Army' Story aired on BBC1, in which Victoria Wood presented a tribute
to Dad's Army to mark the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Home Guard. It included
previously unscreened footage of the cast on location that; was supplied by the DAAS and
personal tales about the making of the series. The show began at 18:40hrs (Repeated 2 Aug
2008). Jimmy Perry, David Croft, Bill Pertwee, Clive Dunn, Ian Lavender, Frank Williams, Pam
Cundell and Carmen Silvera were interviewed

Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams and Pamela Cundell all appeared in costume as Chief Warden
Hodges, the Reverend Timothy Farthing and Mrs Fox as they marched in the Queen Mother's
100th Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London

The DAAS hold a local event at Beltring Hop Farm, near Maidstone in Kent. Bill Pertwee was in attendance

The DAAS hold a local event at the Station Hotel, Newcastle

Richard Webber’s book The Complete A-Z of Dad’s Army was released in hardback by Orion Books

The DAAS hold a local event at The Hatchet public house, Bristol. In attendance were Eric Longworth and Dad’s Army authority and author Richard Webber

20th March 2001
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26th March 2001

3rd April 2001
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13th May 2001
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15th September 2001
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22nd September 2001

24th – 28th Sept 2001
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27th September 2001
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1st October 2001
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1st October 2001
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15th October 2001
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15th November 2001

20th December 2001
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26th December 2001 
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In It'll Never Last... 70 Years of British Television Alan Whicker presented a six-part series tracing the evolution of television. On this day episode 4 ‘The Big Show Hits the Small Screen’ aired. It told how the 1970’s saw the rise and rise of the situation comedy, with massive hits like Dad's Army, The Good Life, and Porridge. This was aired on BBC Radio 2

The BBC Video Dad’s Army Selection Box was released

The BBC Radio Collection set Dad’s Army: Put That Light Out was released, It included the radio episodes Put That Light Out, Uninvited Guests, Fallen Idol and Sgt – Save My Boy on cassette tape. ISBN: 0563478160

The DAAS held a Dad’s Army Day at Bressingham in Norfolk. In attendance were Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams, Pam Cundell and Philip Madoc

BBC News announced the discovery and recovery of two missing Dad’s Army episodes,
Operation
Kilt and The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage that had been lost since 1976, when the
master tapes were wiped. They had survived after these film copies were taken by Jimmy
Perry to the Boulting brother’s office when touting for a contract to make the Dad’s Army film.
They then ended up in EMI Elstree studios, where they were thrown into a skip bin in about
1972, from which a gardener rescued them. They sat in his garden shed for many years
till his daughter insisted he get rid of them. The man passed them onto a friend, who kept
them for ore years. Neither realised the films’ value till seeing an appeal for lost television
in May 2001, at which point they were returned to the BBC

The DAAS hold a local event at The Pendragon public house in Cardiff, Wales. In attendance was Brython Thomas, brother of the late Talfryn Thomas

The DAAS hold a local event at Wigan Pier, Wigan. Colin Bean was in attendance

Work in Progress: Graham McCann was broadcast in five parts at 10:00pm on each of these days on BBC Radio 3, in which writer Graham McCann talks about his book `Dad's Army’ that he was then working on

The book Dad’s Army: Walmington Goes To War: The Complete Scripts of Series 1-4, by Richard Webber, Jimmy Perry and David Croft was released by Orion Books

Clive Dunn’s autobiography ‘Permission To Speak’ was released in paperback by Plane
Tree Publishing

The Dad’s Army Collection audio set was released by the BBC. This set contains three
previously released BBC Radio Collection sets, six cassettes with the radio episodes Ten
Seconds from Now
, A Jumbo Sized Problem, Time on My Hands, When Did You Last See
Your Money
?, Command Decision, The Man And The Hour, Museum Piece, The Enemy
Within The Gates
, A Stripe For Frazer, The Honourable Man, The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage
and High Finance

The book Dad's Army: The Story of a Classic Television Show   by Graham McCann was released by Fourth Estate in hardback; ISBN: 1841153087

Richard Webber’s book The Complete A-Z of Dad’s Army was published by Orion

Edward Evans (Mr Reed in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker; Mr Rees in Big Guns; and General Monteverdi in Don’t Fence me In) died in Longsdon, Staffordshire

Nigel Hawthorne (Angry Man in The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones) died in Hertfordshire, England after suffering a heart attack. He was aged 72

Operation Kilt, The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage and Missing Presumed Wiped - under the collective title of Dad's Army: the Lost Episodes - were broadcast to mark the recovery and restoration of these two previously lost episodes. Interviewed were David Croft, Jimmy Perry, Clive Dunn. Ian Lavender, Bill Pertwee and Graham McCann

4th March 2002
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7th March 2002
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17th April 2002

20th and 21st April 2002
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27th April 2002
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4th May 2002

11th May 2002
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12th May 2002
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6th June 2002

1st July 2002
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24th to 27th July 2002
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2nd September 2002
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21st September 2002
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1st October 2002
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17th October 2002
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7th November 2002

15th November 2002
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3rd December 2002
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5th December 2002
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BBC Radio Collection audio cassette tapes set Dad’s Army 12 Absent Friends was released
with the episodes Absent FriendsNo Spring for Frazer, Sons of the Sea and Brain Versus
Brawn
­ ISBN: 0563528060

This Is Your Life Ian Lavender broadcast on BBC1. Ian was the main subject, and appearing
from Dad's Army were David Croft, Jimmy Perry, Clive Dunn, Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams,
Pam Cundell, Michael Knowles, Wendy Richard, Philip Madoc. Jeff Holland and Liz Fraser

James Copeland (Captain Ogilvy in Operation Kilt on both TV and Radio) died in London

The DAAS held another of their annual Tour of Locations, which included a tour of the
Stanta battle area and a visit to David Croft’s home

Bill Pertwee, Pam Cundell, Philip Madoc, Eric Longworth and Frank Williams attended the final night of the Tring Festival Company’s performance of A Tribute To Dad’s Army at the Court Theatre, Pendley, which had been running since the 23rd of April 2002. The play recreated the two episodes The Deadly Attachment and The Godiva Affair

The Dad’s Army film was re-screened for the DAAS at the New Olympus Theatre, Gloucester

The DAAS hold a Dad’s Army Street Party at the Dad’s Army Museum in Bressingham. Guests that attended included Jimmy Perry, David Croft, Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams, Pam Cundell, Eric Longworth, Harold Snoad, Brenda Cowling and Charles Garland

The DAAS hold a Dad’s Army Day at the Dad’s Army Museum in Bressingham. Guests that attended included Jimmy Perry, David Croft, Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams, Pam Cundell, Wendy Richard, Eric Longworth, Harold Snoad, Brenda Cowling and Charles Garland

Desmond Cullum-Jones (Private Desmond) died at Poole, Dorset, England, aged 77

The Dad’s Army film was re-released on video by 4 Front Video with catalogue number
C9067303

We Are The Boys, a play based on Dad’s Army was staged at the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth. On the 27th a DAAS Local event was held at the theatre

The book Dad's Army: The Story of a Classic Television Show   by Graham McCann was released by Fourth Estate in paperback; ISBN: 1841153095

Reputations: Arthur Lowe, a documentary in the BBC Reputations series, screened on BBC television. It covered Arthur Lowe’s life and career, and was based on the book Arthur Lowe by Graham Lord, released on the 26th September 2002

Frank Williams’ autobiography Vicar to Dad’s Army: The Frank Williams Story was published by Canterbury Press, Norwich. It was co-authored by Chris Gidney

The book Dad’s Army: The Home Front: The Complete Scripts of Series 5-8, by Richard Webber, Jimmy Perry and David Croft was released by Orion Books

The Dad’s Army Collection 2 audio set was released by the BBC. This set contains three previously released BBC Radio Collection sets, six cassettes with the radio episodes Sergeant Wilson’s Little Secret, The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones, Operation Kilt, Battle School. Sorry Wrong Number, Something Nasty in the Vault, The Showing Up of Corporal Jones, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker. Menace From The Deep, Under Fire, The Bullet Is Not For Firing and Room At The Bottom

Jimmy Perry’s autobiography A Stupid Boy was released by Century Books in hardcover

The DAAS held a local event at the Walsgrave Hospital Social Club, Coventry, attended by Frank Williams, Eric Longworth and Ronnie Grange

Bill Pertwee appeared in a feature on After They Were Famous on ITV1 Carlton Central, between 19:30 to 20:00, talking about his role as air raid warden Hodges in Dad's Army. Also featured were former Nationwide anchorman Michael Barratt, ex-footballer Stan Bowles and John Cornelius, who was once the Milky Bar Kid.

The paperback version of Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes was published by Virgin Books. ISBN: 0753507307

3rd February 2003
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26th and 27th April 2003
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10th May 2003
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11th May 2003
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26th May 2003

2nd June 2003
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2nd August 2003

2nd September 2003
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4th September, 2003

25th September 2003
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6th October 2003
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10th December 2003
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The BBC Radio Collection set Dad’s Army: Mum’s Army was released. It included the radio episodes Mum’s Army, War Dance,  Boots, Boots, Boots and Don’t Fence Me In. ISBN: 0563529261

The DAAS held another Tour of Location to Thetford and districts, Stanta battle area and this time also going as far as the North Norfolk Railway, Great Yarmouth and Cottishall

The DAAS held a Dad’s Army Street Party at the Dad’s Army Museum in Bressingham. Guests that attended included Jimmy Perry, Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams, Pam Cundell,  Eric Longworth, Harold Snoad, Brenda Cowling and Mary Husband

The DAAS hold a Dad’s Army Day at the Dad’s Army Museum in Bressingham. Guests that attended included Jimmy Perry, Ian Lavender, Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams, Pam Cundell, Eric Longworth and Harold Snoad

NNC TV's The Sitcom Story episode 3 featured Clive Dunn, Ian Lavender and Bill Pertwee

The set of Compact Discs Dad's Army, the Collector's Edition: Series 1 was released by
the BBC. The 21 Dad’s Army Radio episodes in the set are The Man and the Hour,
Museum Piece, Command Decision, Enemy Within the Gates, The Battle of Godfrey's
Cottage, The Armoured Might of L/Cpl Jones, Sergeant Wilson's Little Secret, A Stripe

for Frazer, Operation Kilt, Battle School, Under Fire, Something Nasty in the Vault,
The Showing Up of Corporal Jones, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker, Sorry
Wrong Number, The Bullet is Not for Firing, Room at the Bottom, The Menace from the
Deep, No Spring for Frazer, Sons of the Sea
and Present Arms ISBN: 0563528575

Don Estelle (ARP Warden Gerald) died at Rochdale, England, aged 70

Vicar To Dad's Army: The Frank Williams Story by Frank Williams and Chris Gidney, about Frank's life and career, was released

The paperback of Jimmy Perry’s autobiography A Stupid Boy to be published

Dad’s Army: The Complete Scripts by David Croft, Jimmy Perry and Richard Webber published by Orion Books

The set of Compact Discs Dad's Army, the Collector's Edition: Series 2 was released by
the BBC Radio Collection in a 19-episode box set

Dad's Army Volume 14: Big Guns was released by the BBC Radio Collection on CD with four episodes

Jimmy Perry and David Croft were each presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Comedy Awards

24th January 2004
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11th February 2004

1st March 2004
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20th March 2004

27th March 2004

29th April 2004
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1st May 2004

29th May 2004
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August 2004

6th September 2004
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1st October 2004
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2nd October 2004

4th October 2004
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Jeremy Hardy included Dad's Army in episode 4 of his BBC Radio 2 programme "Talking
Comedy"

Hugh Cecil (Private Cecil) passed away at Tolworth, Surrey, England, aged 90

Dad's Army Collector's Edition Series 3 was released by the BBC Radio Collection,
containing all 26 episodes of Series Three of the Radio Series

Dad's Army featured in Britain's Best Sitcom on BBC Two

Dad's Army featured in Live - Britain's Best Sitcom - The Final on BBC Two

David Croft OBE's book You Have Been Watching - The Autobiography of David Croft
was published by BBC Books (ISBN-10: 0563487399)

Dad's Army: A Companion by Tony Pritchard and Paul Carpenter was released

The previously unreleased pilot episode of It Sticks Out Half A Mile featuring Arthur Lowe
as George Mainwaring and John Le Mesurier as Arthur Wilson, set in 1948, and written
by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles, aired for the first time on BBC Radio 7 after
Harold Snoad released it from his private collection

Dad's Army featured in Comedy Connections: Hi-De-Hi l on BBC One

Dad's Army Volume 15: We Know Our Onions was released by the BBC Radio Collection
on CD, featuring We Know Our Onions, The Royal Train, A Question of Reference and
The Recruit

Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams, Pam Cundell and Harold Snoad attended the Dad's Army
Gala Night at the Hollywood Cinema, as part of the Great Yarmouth Film Festival

Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams and Pam Cundell opened the new Devine Tea Rooms in Thetford

Dad's Army Christmas Special Present Arms was released by the BBC Radio Collection
on a single CD

4th March 2005
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10th of May 2005
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15th May 2005
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27th of May 2005
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9th August 2005
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5th September 2005
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24th October 2005

Dad's Army Volume 5: Sorry, Wrong Number was re-released by the BBC Radio Collection
on CD, featuring Sorry, Wrong Number, and three other episodes

Andrew Ruff's Dad's Army Day Photos 2004, a photobook from the Dad's Army Day at the Bressingham Steam Museum, Diss, Norfolk, was published

David Croft, Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams, Pam Cundell and Eric Longworth attended a
Dad's Army Day at the bressingham Steam Museum near Diss

Marion Pertwee (wife of Bill Pertwee) who appeared as an extra in episode Never Too
Old
, passed away after a long illness

John Le Mesurier was the subject of Conked Out But Not Forgotten, a BBC Radio 4 tribute
hosted by Ian Lavender and featuring Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams, Jimmy Perry, Joan Le Mesurier and Jonathan Cecil

Dad's Army and the Home Guard were discussed in the third episode of Document, in
the episode "Dad's Revolutionary Army", on BBC Radio 4

The Dad's Army character Joe Walker was discussed in the BBC Four documentary Spivs

9th January 2006
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28th April 2006
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14th May 2006
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4th of June 2006
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2nd October 2006
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31st October 2006

6th December 2006

Dad's Army: The Very Best Episodes Volume 1 was released by BBC Audio, with the four Radio episodes The Man And The Hour, My British Buddy, Time On My Hands and A Soldier's Farewell, chosen for this set by comedian Phil Jupitus

Dad's Army Christmas Special Present Arms was re-released as an "UNABRIDGED" version by the BBC Radio Collection on a single CD

Clive Dunn, Ian Lavender, Bill Pertwee, Pam Cundell, Jeffrey Holland and Linda Regan attended a Dad's Army Day at the Bressingham Steam Museum

The Dad's Army character of Elizabeth Mainwaring was examined in the the BBC Radio 4 series Absent Friends, in the episode 'Housewives andHoneys'

Dad's Army: The Very Best Episodes Volume 2 was released by BBC Audio, with the four Radio episodes No Spring For Frazer, Fallen Idol, The Deadly Attachment and The Royal Train, chosen for this set by comedian Phil Jupitus

Bill Pertwee's autobiography A Funny Way To Make A Living was re-released

Mavis Pugh (Lady Maltby) died at Chichester, West Sussex, England, aged 92

8th January 2007
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31st March 2007
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1st May 2007
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10th November 2007
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12th November 2007
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7th December 2007

Dad's Army: The Very Best Episodes Volume 3 was released by BBC Audio, with the four Radio episodes The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage, Menace From The Deep, When Did You Last See Your Money and Absent Friends, chosen for this set by comedian Phil Jupitus

The Dad's Army character of Private James Frazer features in Graham Garden's BBC Radio 4 programme Take An Englishman And A Scotsman about cross-border humour

Rob Bryden talks with comedy writers in episode two of the BBC Radio 2 programme Make 'em Laugh, Make 'em Laugh, including the writers of Dad's Army

Ian Lavender presented six military-based comedies on BBC Radio 7 in a programme called Salutes You, Sir! It included episodes of Dad's Army, Merry Go-Round, ITMA, and The Navy Lark

Clive Dunn, Ian Lavender, Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams, Pam Cundell, Eric Longworth,
Jimmy Perry and David Croft appeared in the 2 Entertainment documentary The Passing
Years

The Thetford Dad's Army Museum was opened in the Guildhall by David Croft

20th January 2008

26th March 2008
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May 2008
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1st May 2008

17th May 2008
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8th July 2008
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9th July 2008
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3rd August 2008
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11th August 2008
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20th August 2008

29th August 2008

1st of October 2008
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20th October 2008

8th December 2008

14th December 2008
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25th December 2008
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Ed Doolan interviewed David Croft about his programmes including Dad's Army

John Le Mesurier was portrayed by Alex Jennings in the BBC4 drama Hancock and
Joan
, about the romance between his wife Joan and his best friend Tony Hancock

Jimmy Perry and David Croft were each presented Special BAFTA Awards from the British Academy of Film and Television for their writing partnership

Bernard Archard (General Fuller in the film) died in Somerset, England, aged 91 -

Alan Whicker presented The Comedy Map of Britain on BBC Two, looking at the filming
locations of Dad's Army. Ian Lavender, Tim Ball and Harold Snoad appeared

Jimmy Perry and David Croft appeared in the BBC Radio 4 programme 1968: Sex, Telly
And Britain
about British culture

The Dad's Army Discussion Forum was created by Dave Homewood at http://walmington.proboards.com

Clive Dunn, Ian Lavender, Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams, Pamela Cundell, Eric Longworth,
David Croft, Harold Snoad, Jeffrey Holland, Michael Knowles and Donald Hewlett
gathered at the Imerial War Museum, London to mark 40 Years of Dad's Army

A Dad's Army Weekend was held in Thetford to mark 40 years of the series. David Croft
and Ian Lavender were among celebrities there

BBC One aired the 40th Anniversary tribute Jonathon Ross Saluted Dad's Army. It featured David Croft, Jimmy Perry, Clive Dunn, Bill Pertwee, Ian Lavender, Pam Cundell, and Philip Madoc

William Frederick 'Bill' Cotton, the BBC Head of Light Entertainment involved in commissioning Dad's Army, died aged 80

Eric Longworth (Claude Gordon) died at Peterborough, England, aged 90

Jimmy Perry, David Croft and Ian Lavender featured on BBC One's Comedy Connections

The book The Best of British: Dad's Army: The Best Jokes, Gags and Scenes From a True British Comedy Classic by Richard Webber was released

John Ringham (Bracewell and Captain Bailey) died, aged 80

Bob Spiers, Dad's Army studio director, died at Widecombe, Devon, UK, aged 63

"Dad's Army In Colour" screened on BBC Television at 8.25pm. This was a special
screening of Series Three episode Room At The Bottom introduced by Ian Lavender
after new digital technology had led to the colour information being recovered from the
black and white film copy, enabling technicians to restore the episode to full colour

BBC radio presenter Ed Doolan aired the audio of the lost 1968 Christmas Night With
The Stars "Dad's Army" episode, which he himself had recorded from television 40 years
before, and had just been recovered by the BBC from his collection

26th February 2009
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20th June 2009

1st July 2009

25th July 2009

1st September 2009
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7th September 2009
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8th September 2009

13th September 2009
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16th September 2009
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18th September 2009
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23rd October 2009

3rd November 2009

Wendy Richard MBE died at Marylebone, London, England, following a battle with breast cancer, aged 65

Colin Bean (Private Sponge) died at Wigan, Lancs, England aged 83

Mollie Sugden (Mrs. Fox in the radio series) died at Guildford, Surrey, UK, aged 86

David Croft talks about Dad's Army in Ed Doolan Interviews Comedy Writer on BBC7

The book Godfrey's Ghost: From Father To Son by Nicholas Ridley, about his father Arnold Ridley, was released as a paperback. It later came out as an audio book read by the author

A new edition of Bill Pertwee's classic book Dad's Army: The Making of a Telvision
Legend
was released

Dad's Army: The Very Best Episodes Volume 1 was re-released by BBC Audio

Felix Bowness who appeared twice in Dad's Army, and also was a regular warm-up comedian for the studio recordings, died at Reading, Berkshire, UK, aged 87

Timothy Bateson, who played numerous parts in five seperate episodes of the Dad's Army Radio Series, including Mr Blewitt twice, died at the age of 82

Pearl Hackney, who played Mavis Pike in the entire Dad's Army Radio Series, replacing Janet Davies on radio, died aged 92

Lou Jacobi, who played Sgt Max Raskin in The Rear Guard, died in New York, aged 95

Another edition of Bill Pertwee's Dad's Army: The Making of a Television Legend was released

The 2010's

February 2010

26th February 2010
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18th April 2010
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19th June 2010
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4th July 2010
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13th September 2010
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25th September 2010

2nd October 2010

1st November 2010
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4th November 2010
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8th November 2010
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David Croft's website http://www.davidcroft.co.uk/ went live

The book Dad's Army: The story of a classic television show by Graham McCann was re-released as a paperback

The Heritage Foundation held a Tribute Luncheon in honour of Jimmy Perry and David Croft, at the Marriott Hotel, London

A full sized, very lifelike bronze statue of Captain Mainwaring, sculpted by Sean Hedges-Quinn, was unveiled in a park in the centre of Thetford, Norfolk.. The statue depicts Mainwaring sitting on a park bench and has become a popular attaction for fans to sit beside and have their photos taken. Present at the unveiling were David Croft and Bill Pertwee

Weeks after being unveiled, CCTV cameras caught a ten year old boy vandalising the new Mainwaring statue at Thetford. The glasses were snapped off and thrown into the river. It was since repaired.

The BBC released the spin-off radio series It Sticks Out Half A Mile Volume 1 on CD for the first time. The set includes the rare Pilot starring Arthur Lowe, and regular episodes The Business Proposition, The Bank Loan, and Who Owns The Pier

Do You Think That's Wise...? The Life of John Le Mesurier by Graham McCann was released

Brenda Cowling (Mrs Prentice) died at Denville Hall, Northwood, London, aged 85

The BBC re-released It Sticks Out Half A Mile Volume 1 on CD with the same episodes in unabridged form

David Croft OBE received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of East Anglia and Essex, at the Ipswich Town Hall

Do You Think That's Wise...? The Life of John Le Mesurier by Graham McCann was re-released as a Kindle edition

19th January 2011
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12th September 2011
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27th September 2011
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6th October 2011
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1st December 2011
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27th December 2011
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John Le Mesurier was portrayed on British television by Robert Bathurst in the biopic drama
Hattie about John's wife Hattie Jacques (played by Ruth Jones)

Vintage Beeb was released, a CD designed to hark back to the 1970's vinyl LP release of
the Dad's Army Radio Series episodes Sgt Wilson's Little Secret and Something Nasty
in The Vault

The Marigold Tearooms opened within the Dad's Army Museum at Thetford. The opening
was attended by Bill Pertwee, David Croft, Frank Williams, Harold Snoad and Ronnie Grange

Jimmy Perry OBE appeared in the BBC's Reel Histoy of Britain, episode 6 "Britain's Home
Guard", interviewed about his own Home Guard service by Melvyn Bragg, along with other
Home Guard veterans who watched wartime footage on the Home Guard

Jonathon Cecil (Captain Cadbury in Things That Go Bump In The Night) died, aged 72

David Croft OBE died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Tavira, Portugal, aged 89. He was buried in Suffolk on Friday 7th of October 2011

The book The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard Training Manual by Captain George Mainwaring was released

The book The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard Training Manual as used by Dad's Army by Captain George Mainwaring was released.

Clive Dunn, Ian Lavender, Bill Pertwee, Pamela Cundell, Michael Knowles and Jimmy
Perry were among those appearing in BBC TV's You Have Been Watching ... David Croft

5th March 2012

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27th April 2012
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3rd December 2012
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15th December 2012

Phillip Madoc (U-boat Captain Muller) died at Northwood, Middlesex, England aged 77

The Real Dad’s Army by Norman Longmate, about the real Home Guard, was re-released

Clive Dunn, Ian Lavender, Frank Williams, Pamela Cundell and Jimmy Perry were among
those who appeared in the BBC TV tribute John Le Mesurier: It's All Been Rather Lovely

Do You Think That's Wise...? The Life of John Le Mesurier by Graham McCann was
re-released as a paperback

BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Drama slot at 2.15pm featured Dear Arthur, Love John. Written by Roy Smiles, this lovely drama is based around an imagined scenario of John Le Mesurier writing a letter to his good friend Arthur Lowe in 1982, in which John reminisces back to the good old days in Dad's Army. As John tells his memories they come to life with real life happenings behind-the-scenes of the show played out. John Le Mesurier was played by Anton Lesser, Arthur Lowe by Robert Daws, John Laurie by Kenny Ireland, James Beck by James Lance, and Ian Lavender by Matt Addis. This drama was produced by Liz Anstee. it was a CPL Production for BBC Radio 4

Geoffrey Hughes (the Bridge Corporal) died following a battle with cancer, aged 68

The Dad's Army Quiz Book by Caroline Walker was released for Kindle

Jimmy Perry OBE announced that he'd sold the rights for a new film version of Dad's Army
to be made. The announcement was made to members of the Dad's Army Appreciation
Society in the UK, who were told that Ann Croft had also agreed to the project, and that J
immy would not be involved in writing the script. He said also that the film company had
hinted that they might cast a female in the lead role of Mainwaring!

Clive Dunn OBE (L/Cpl Jack Jones) passed away following an operation in hospital in
Portugal. He was 92

Clive Dunn OBE was eulogised on the BBC Radio 4 programme Last Word

The Dad's Army Museum at Thetford, Norfolk, won an auction to purchase Jones's
Butcher Van. The 1935 Ford Box Van made famous in the series as the Walmington-
on-Sea Platoon transport was auctioned by Bonhams at Mercedes Benz World, Brooklands.
The hammer price was a whopping ₤63,100, more than double the price expected

Ian Lavender and Jimmy Perry appeared in the BBC TV programme Clive Dunn: A Tribute

27th May 2013

29th October 2013
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Bill Pertwee MBE (Chief ARP Warden Hodges) passed away, aged 86, in a Cornwall hospital

Graham William Stark (Private Joe Walker in some Radio Series episodes) died in London, England, aged 91

12th September 2014
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John Bardon - who's played Private Joe Walker in the stage show and also appeard in Ring Dem Bells- passed away following an illness, at Romford Grange Care Home. Collier Row, Romford, Essex He was 75.

14th February 2015

23rd April 2015

9th May 2015

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Pamela Cundell (Mrs Fox) passed away in a London hospital, aged 95

Stuart Sherwin (the ARP Warden in several episodes) died at Hillingdon, Middlesex, aged 87

Ian Lavender appeared as himself in the BBC's VE Day 70: A Party To Remember

Graham Lord, who wrote the biography of Arthur Lowe, died aged 72

Ian Lavender was awarded a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars

Ian Lavender presented a three our special show on BBC Radio 4 Extra called "Do Tell
Them Pike!
" in which he marked what would be Arthur Lowe's 100th birthday, on the 22 Sep,
with archive radio broadcasts and performances he'd made. Shows within this included
Arthur's appearance as a castaway on Desert Island Discs from 14/12/1970; Dad's Army
episode "Mum's Army" from 29/4/1975; Billy's Last Stand from 12/8/1965; With Great
Pleasure
from 29/8/1976; and Mr Men episode 'Mr Chatterbox'. Jimmy Perry also features, talking about Arthur.

5th February 2016

15th February 2016

17th July 2016

23rd October 2016

24th October 2016
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30th October 2016

6th November 2016

The remake film Dad's Army was released in the UK and other countries.

Frankie Holmes, who played the fishfryer in When You've Got To Go, died aged 93

Fred Tomlinson, who appeared with his singers in The Bullet Is Not For Firing, died, aged 88

Jimmy Perry OBE, creator and co-writer of Dad's Army, died aged 93

The Band of the Coldstream Guards paid tribute to the late Jimmy Perry by playing 'Who Do
You Think You Are Kidding, Mr Hitler?' during their parade outside Buckingham Palace. It was
previous members in this same band who in 1968 recorded the theme tune for the TV and
Radio series

Jimmy Perry OBE was eulogised on the BBC Radio 4 programme Last Word

Ian Lavender presented the Channel 4 documentary Home Front Heroes

6th November 2018
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The four-part tribute series "Saluting Dad's Army", presented by comedian Alexander Armstrong, first aired on UKTV network Gold, in the United Kingdom. It was excellent.

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The Gold television network recorded a new remake of Dad's Army episode A Stripe For
Frazer
at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Bucks, UK. Using the original script and camera
direction scripts, the episode was faithfully remade to replace the lost original episode.
The cast included Kevin McNally as Captain Mainwaring; Robert Bathurst as Sgt Wilson,
Kevin Eldon as L/Cpl Jones; David Hayman as Private Frazer; Matthew Horne as Private
Walker; Timothy West as Private Godfrey; Tom Rosethal as Private Pike; David Horovitz
as Corporal-Colonel Square; ? as the Verger; ? as the Policeman; ? as Captain Bailey;
? as Private Sponge

The Gold television network recorded a new remake of Dad's Army episode The Loneliness
of the Long Distance Walker
at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Bucks, UK. Using the original
script and camera direction scripts, the episode was faithfully remade to replace the lost
original episode.
The cast included Kevin McNally as Captain Mainwaring; Robert Bathurst as Sgt Wilson,
Kevin Eldon as L/Cpl Jones; David Hayman as Private Frazer; Matthew Horne as Private
Walker; Timothy West as Private Godfrey; Tom Rosethal as Private Pike; ? as Private
Sponge; ? as Mr Reed; ? as the Chairwoman; ? as Captain Cutts; ? as Medical Officer;
? as Soldier; ? as blonde; ? as War Office Brigadier

The Gold television network recorded a new remake of Dad's Army episode Under Fire
at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Bucks, UK. Using the original script and camera
direction scripts, the episode was faithfully remade to replace the lost original episode.
The cast included Kevin McNally as Captain Mainwaring; Robert Bathurst as Sgt Wilson,
Kevin Eldon as L/Cpl Jones; David Hayman as Private Frazer; Matthew Horne as Private
Walker; Timothy West as Private Godfrey; Tom Rosethal as Private Pike; David Horovitz
as Corporal-Colonel Square; Simon Ludders as Warden Hodges; ? as Private Sponge;
? as Mavis Pike; ? as Mrs Witt; ? as Captain Bailey; ? as Sigmund Murphy; ? as Mrs Keen

The Gold TV remake of A Stripe For Frazer was screened in front of a live audience and
a Q&A session held with some of the cast at the British Film Institute's Southbank venue
in London. The question and answer session was moderated by actor and comedian
Hugh Dennis, with cast members Robert Bathurst (Wilson), David Hayman (Frazer),
Matthew Horne (Walker) andTom Rosenthal (Pike). Also in attendance was Harold Snoad
(who directed some episodes of Dad's Army as well as adapting the scripts for radio with
Michael Knowles), and Don Smith, the BBC staff photographer who'd worked on the
original series.

Some Dates That Are Not Yet Known

July/ August 1971
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circa October 1972
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1973-1977

May/June 1975
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1988   

Dad’s Army team went to Bembridge, Isle of Wight for RNLI event. Present were John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, Ian Lavender, Bill Pertwee, James Beck and maybe others, plus wives. The Bembridge event was in July/August of 1971, (possibly 1970). James Beck was there and took part in a pony-trap race, along with Bill.  Arthur Lowe, John Laurie, Arnold didn't participate.

According to Amazon this was the release date for the Dad’s Army Souvenir magazine
that was published by Peter Way, featuring cast interviews and much more

Release dates of the six Dad's Army Annuals

Bill Pertwee 'and other members of Dad's Army' went to the Isle of Wight to present long service and special conduct medals to the crew of the Bembridge RNLI Lifeboat

Recording date/s of the radio series Definitely Dunn

  

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