Dad's Army creator Jimmy Perry dies aged 93

Jimmy Perry attends the 'Dad's Army' World Premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on January 26, 2016 in London, England. Photo / Getty
Jimmy Perry attends the 'Dad's Army' World Premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on January 26, 2016 in London, England. Photo / Getty

Jimmy Perry, who created popular TV comedy shows like Dad's Army and It Ain't Half Hot Mum, has died aged 93.

Perry, who worked closely with producer David Croft, was also responsible for Hi-de-Hi! and You Rang M'Lord?

Jimmy Perry, Scriptwriter, pictured working on Dads Army scripts, at home in Westminster, London, 9th April 1969.
Jimmy Perry, Scriptwriter, pictured working on Dads Army scripts, at home in Westminster, London, 9th April 1969.

His writing drew on his life experiences as a young member of the Home Guard during the Second World War and as a Butlin's holiday camp Redcoat.

Perry joined the Watford Home Guard at the age of 16, two years later he was called up into the full-time forces and reached the rank of sergeant.

The cast of 'Dad's Army', a popular TV series depicting the activities of the Home Guard during the Second World War, pose for publicity photographs. Photo / Getty
The cast of 'Dad's Army', a popular TV series depicting the activities of the Home Guard during the Second World War, pose for publicity photographs. Photo / Getty

The character of Private Pike, portrayed by Ian Lavender in Dad's Army and often referred to as "stupid boy", was partly based upon the teenage Perry.

'Allo 'Allo star Vicki Michelle said Perry had left "such a legacy" in his wake.


It Ain't Half Hot Mum was inspired by Perry's experience in the Royal Artillery Concert Party, while You Rang M'Lord? was Perry's last collaboration with Croft. Perry's grandfather had worked as a butler and the show included many of his anecdotes about life "below stairs".

British Television comedy writer Jimmy Perry (left) recieves the Ivor Novello Award for best TV Signature tune from Ian Abrahams, 5th July 1971. Photo / Getty
British Television comedy writer Jimmy Perry (left) recieves the Ivor Novello Award for best TV Signature tune from Ian Abrahams, 5th July 1971. Photo / Getty

Perry also wrote some of his own theme tunes. He won an Ivor Novello Award in 1971 for the Dad's Army theme Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler and wrote Holiday Rock for Hi-de-Hi!


Shane Allen, BBC controller of comedy commissioning, said Perry's work spanned decades and his shows will be remembered for a long time to come.

28th August 1970: The cast of 'Dad's Army', a popular tv series depicting the activities of the Home Guard during the Second World War. Photo / Getty
28th August 1970: The cast of 'Dad's Army', a popular tv series depicting the activities of the Home Guard during the Second World War. Photo / Getty

He said: "Jimmy Perry is a Goliath of British comedy writing. He was behind some of the longest running and most loved sitcoms on British television spanning the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Jimmy Perry attended 'Dad's Army' World Premiere on January 26, 2016 in London. Photo / Getty
Jimmy Perry attended 'Dad's Army' World Premiere on January 26, 2016 in London. Photo / Getty

"His work will be enjoyed and appreciated for many years to come. Our thoughts are with his friends and loved ones at this sad time."

Perry was awarded an OBE in 1978 and he leaves a wife, Gilda.

- Daily Telegraph UK

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