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David Croft, genius behind nearly 50 years of TV comedy, dies at 89

27 September 2011 5:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Creator of 'Allo 'Allo, Are You Being Served?, Dad's Army and Hi-De-Hi dies in his sleep at his home in Portugal

Generally, when one of the great veterans of television dies, the next weekend's schedules are hastily rearranged to include a repeat as a tribute. But, remarkably, although David Croft was 89 when he died in his sleep on Tuesday at his house in Portugal after being largely retired for almost 20 years, one of his shows is still running. A 1969 episode of Dad's Army, which he wrote with Jimmy Perry, was shown last Saturday on BBC2.

So, in this case, the proper memorial is not the screening of one of the old shows but the fact that one of the old shows is still screening – to healthy ratings and respect – five decades after it was made. And, while most of those who work in the fickle and perishable business of TV »

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