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Dad's Army: The Story of a Classic Television Show
When we laugh at Dad's Army we laugh at ourselves, and more than 30 years after it was first broadcast, millions of us are still laughing—whenever and wherever it is repeated. With contributions from the people who planned, produced, and performed in the sitcom, and material drawn from the BBC archives, acclaimed author Graham McCann has written the definitive story of a v ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published 2002 by Fourth Estate
(first published October 15th 2001)
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Classic UK TV comedy show 'about' the Home Guard in World War Two, in the programme represented by a motley crew of characters from the 'stupid boy' Pike to the octagenarian Godfrey, all led by the pompous bank manager aka Captain Mainwaring. However. Although this book is delightful in recalling the humour and giving biographies of the actors, and addressing the interesting aspects of production, what's best about it stems from what the great Dennis Potter said of it: "Dad's Army is made possib ...more
I've been a fan of the program since I was a young girl after my grandma introduced me to the platoon. Much of this book is a recount of each series and it's episodes; however, there are also many interviews and insights into the people involved in the series which offer a heartwarming and affectionate retelling of one of the best written British comedies.
Very little information in this book. There was a short chapter about creating the show and then a whole lot of padding which had me screaming at the pages "But I've seen the show, that's why I'm reading the book. Don't just describe the show, give me something more!"