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Dad's Army creator Jimmy Perry dies

Perry, 93, was behind one of UK’s most popular TV shows, as well as other hits such as Hi-de-Hi and You Rang, M’Lord?

The creator of Dad’s Army, Jimmy Perry, has died aged 93 after a brief illness, his agent has confirmed.

Perry’s work on the show – along with that of the producer, David Croft – created one of the most popular British television programmes of all time, which was remade as a film this year.

Sad news. To create comedy that generations of people genuinely love is rare, and he managed it time and again. https://t.co/idPu4303JZ

Rip Jimmy Perry. Amazing contribution to British telly. Watched Dad's Army only yesterday. Still as funny as when I watched it as a kid.

So sad we have lost #JimmyPerry a brilliant comedy writer & true gentleman. He leaves us such a legacy pic.twitter.com/tP4FnkIlqq

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Doctor Who: BBC to release animated lost episode The Power Of The Daleks

Louisa Mellor Sep 7, 2016

An animated version of lost Doctor Who story The Power Of The Daleks will be released in November by the BBC

After its master negatives were destroyed in a 1974 archive purge, no complete recordings existed of First to Second Doctor Regeneration story The Power Of The Daleks.

Until now, that is.

On Saturday the 5th of November, exactly fifty years after The Power Of The Daleks originally aired in 1966, the BBC is to release six newly animated half-hour episodes based on the original cast audio recordings, surviving photographs and film clips.

The Charles Norton-led team behind Dad's Army lost-episode-animation A Stripe For Frazer will produce the animated episodes using character designs from comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon.

Here's what Mr Norton had to say about the project:

“The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted
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Dad's Army review

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The new take on Dad's Army gives a standout role to Toby Jones. Here's our review of the new comedy.

Don't panic! Oliver Parker's big screen version of classic British sitcom Dad's Army (48 years old this year) is remarkably faithful to Jimmy Perry and David Croft's much-loved original and by no means the travesty that some had feared. It benefits chiefly from a note-perfect cast and a warm glow of reverential nostalgia that pervades the entire project, but it's slightly let down by a meandering script and the playing-it-safe comedy moments tend to generate amused smiles rather than out-and-out laughter.

Set in 1944, in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, the film stars Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, the leader of an elderly platoon of the Home Guard that comprises Oxford-educated Sergeant Wilson (Bill Nighy), doddery Private Godfrey (Michael Gambon), excitable Lance Corporal Jones (Tom Courtenay
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Norman Longmate: 'Dad's Army was a strikingly accurate portrayal of the Home Guard'

In his 1974 book The Real Dad’s Army, the historian Norman Longmate used the memories of ordinary people to document the impact of extraordinary events

The Home Guard was one of the strangest and least military armies ever formed – an improvised band of volunteers set up early in the second world war, which had grown, by 1942, into a conscripted, disciplined and well-equipped force of nearly 2 million men. Immortalised in the sitcom Dad’s Army, still a well-loved staple of TV’s repeat repertoire almost 40 years after its last episode was first broadcast, it is about to reach new generations through a film version of the series, with Bill Nighy and Toby Jones in the parts made famous by Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier.

It is a good moment to reissue my 1974 book, The Real Dad’s Army, which was originally commissioned to accompany an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum.
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Dad's Army soldiers on – and it's still a sitcom masterclass

It has an antiquated look and Arthur Lowe may occasionally fluff his lines, but the historical setting of Dad’s Army has helped it endure, and rank as some of the finest British farce

The episode of Dad’s Army that goes out tomorrow on BBC2 at 8.35pm is a piece of TV with two cinematic shadows. Uninvited Guests, in which the air raid wardens are forced to share the church hall with the Home Guard platoon, was one of the shows in the fourth series (out of an eventual nine) that the cast recorded in late 1970 after a break to shoot a Dad’s Army movie for release the following year.

Related: Dad's Army review: who don't you think you are kidding?

Related: Toby Jones webchat – as it happened

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Toby Jones webchat – as it happened

Are you a Stoke fan? Were you worried about playing Captain Mainwaring in Dad’s Army? Do you know how to operate a metal detector? Toby Jones answered all of these questions and more. See below

6.26pm GMT

Thanks for your questions. I've enjoyed it. Sorry I didn't have a chance to answer all of them. Cheers!

6.25pm GMT

toadwhisperer asks:

Stoke City – brilliant or overrated?

Brilliant. And getting better.

6.22pm GMT

abatha26 asks:

Really looking forward to seeing Dad’s Army, what were your first thoughts when you read the script? Were you apprehensive about filling the shoes of Arthur Lowe?

I was extremely apprehensive about playing Captain Mainwaring. I was extremely sceptical about the project as a whole. When I saw the script, I was really impressed with how the 25-minute format of the TV series had been adapted and extended, into 100 minutes. The script has a scale
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Zayn Malik cancels first TV appearance since 1D exit

Zayn Malik has cancelled his first TV appearance since he quit One Direction last year. The 23-year-old singer was set to appear on 'The Graham Norton Show' later this week, with the show being aired on Friday night (29.01.16), but he's been forced to pull out of the highly-awaited gig due to alleged ''scheduling'' issues. His representative told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''Unfortunately there was a scheduling conflict as Zayn is currently in the studio completing his album.'' Zayn was lined up to appear on the show alongside the cast of the new film 'Dad's Army', as well as actors Will Smith
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We’re Doomed: The Dad’s Army Story review

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We're Doomed: The Dad's Army Story is touching, humorous and ultimately heartwarming piece of television...

New Dad’s Army casts are like buses: you wait ages for one to come along, and then when two turn up at once they don’t like it up ‘em. While it’s never been far from the public consciousness, the sitcom about the Home Guard of Walmington-on-Sea seems to have experienced a surge in popularity over the last few years, with repeats on BBC Two having become a Saturday night staple - only a few weeks ago, it was the programme with the highest Appreciation Index for the whole of a Saturday which included Strictly, The X Factor, I’m A Celeb and the Doctor Who finale. And with the new Dad’s Army film starring Toby Jones and Bill Nighy set for release in February, it’s the perfect
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What does BBC Store offer to Doctor Who fans?

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BBC Store has opened up decades of the Beeb's archives for digital purchase. What does that mean for Doctor Who fans?

The BBC has launched a digital store, and obviously our first reaction was to methodically ticklist every single Doctor Who download available to see if there was anything new to be had. At the time of writing, there's nothing on there that isn't already available on DVD, and the first twenty six series are not available in their entirety. The stories that are there have no extra features.

So, all in all, you'd be forgiven for thinking it doesn't have a lot to offer the readers of a website called Den of Geek, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. For starters, I don't have the money right now to buy any more Doctor Who stuff, and secondly it means that the BBC isn't in a
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UK TV ratings: X Factor hits new series low as only 5.4 million watched its first live show

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

Oh dear... The X Factor took yet another blow in the ratings, recording a new series low as only 5.4 million viewers stayed in to watch its first live show last night.

'This Is Me' week averaged 5.39 million (27.4%) from 8pm (+1: 240k/1.4%), as Strictly Come Dancing thrashed it by nearly 4 million, according to overnight figures.

BBC One's Strictly remained steady week-on-week, thrilling 9.35 million (45.9%) from 6.35pm for its Halloween-themed show.

Doctor Who suffered a drop for its latest episode, appealing to 3.87 million (19.4%), and Casualty treated 3.65 million (18.5%).

On BBC Two, a Dad's Army repeat entertained 1.83 million (9.2%). It was followed by The Dresser, which was watched by 1 million (5.4%) from 9pm.

ITV's The Jonathan Ross Show managed 2.12 million (15.8%) after The X Factor.

Over on Channel 4, How to Be a Queen: 63 Years and Counting took 1.1 million (5.4%) from 8pm, with It Was Alright In drawing 962k (5.2%) afterwards.
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See the first pictures from BBC Two's Dad's Army origins drama

Don't panic! Your first look at BBC Two's upcoming Dad's Army origins drama is here.

We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story tells of the struggles creators Jimmy Perry and David Croft had to endure to get the classic comedy on screen.

The stills show Friday Night Dinner's Paul Ritter and Game of Thrones actor Richard Dormer as Perry and Croft, respectively, and John Sessions as a dead ringer for Arthur Lowe.

EastEnders star Shane Richie will play Bill Pertwee in the one-off film, with the rest of the Dad's Army actors portrayed by Julian Sands (as John Le Mesurier), Mark Heap (as Clive Dunn), Kevin Bishop (as James Beck), Michael Cochrane (as Arnold Ridley) and Ralph Riach (as John Laurie).

Meanwhile, Keith Allen will appear as TV executive Paul Fox and Sally Phillips will play Croft's wife Ann.

The drama has been written by Stephen Russell (Shameless) and
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New Dad's Army Poster Lands

New Dad's Army Poster Lands
A crack commando unit they ain't, but Walmington-on-Sea's Home Guard could turn out to be a war-saving weapon as the Allies turn their faces to Hitler's Atlantic Wall. That's the set-up for the new Dad's Army movie. The key players have assembled for the new poster below and look suitably patriotic on a clifftop, most likely before scarpering from an irate cow.Hitler’s Atlantic Wall can probably sleep easy a while longer, because Captain Mainwaring (Toby Jones) and his cohort remain the loveably ramshackle bunch of memory. The spirit of the great Jimmy Perry/David Croft BBC sitcom runs through this playful return to the home front during the dark days of World War II. This time it’s 1944 that forms the backdrop, a pre-invasion climate of paranoia and high anxiety largely lost on Privates Godfrey (Michael Gambon), Walker (Daniel Mays) and especially Pike (Blake Harrison). But somewhere in
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UK TV ratings: Strictly Come Dancing nears 10 million, Doctor Who hits series high

UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Strictly Come Dancing enjoyed a new series high last night (October 17) as it neared 10 million viewers, according to overnight data.

The BBC One dancing competition rose to 9.66 million (45.7%) from 6.30pm, with a peak of 10.6 million (47.2%) at 8pm.

Doctor Who followed with its own series high, as 'The Girl Who Died' with Maisie Williams averaged 4.63 million (22.2%) from 8.20pm.

Casualty treated 4.61 million (23.1%), and The National Lottery Live was watched by 4.09 million (23.1%).

On BBC Two, a Dad's Army repeat entertained 1.62 million (7.8%) and Qi Xl earned 885k (4.3%).

ITV's coverage of the Rugby World Cup match between New Zealand and France averaged 4.01 million (19.6%) from 7.30pm, before the new series of The Jonathan Ross Show debuted with 1.71 million (12%).

Over on Channel 4, supernatural thriller Beautiful Creatures appealed to 618k (2.9%) from 6.45pm, and It Was Alright In drew 856k (4.3%).

Channel 5's Now That's Funny! amused 741k (3.5%) in the 7pm hour.
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UK TV ratings: Strictly hits series high, Doctor Who rises to 4.3 million

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

Strictly Come Dancing enjoyed a series high of nearly 9 million viewers last night (October 10), according to overnight figures.

The BBC One dance competition averaged 8.91 million (43.5%) from 6.20pm and a peak of 9.92 million (47.5%) at 7.30pm.

Afterwards, Doctor Who rose to 4.38 million (21.%) with 'Before the Flood'. Casualty treated 4.42 million (22.6%), and The National Lottery Live earned 3.43 million (20.1%).

On BBC Two, a Dad's Army repeat entertained 1.71 million (8.4%), before Ted Hughes: Stronger Than Death was watched by 404k (2.2%).

ITV's Rugby World Cup coverage of England's match against Uruguay appealed to 3.49 million (17.3%) from 7.15pm.

Over on Channel 4, Celebrity Benchmark managed 362k (1.8%) from 7pm. Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms was seen by 851k (4.1%), and At Home with Steph and Dom logged 1.2 million (6.1%).

Channel 5's Now That's Funny! averaged 655k (3.1%), while Football League Tonight had an audience of 224k (1.1%).
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UK TV ratings: Strictly and England's Rugby World Cup defeat average nearly 8 million

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

Strictly Come Dancing rose to nearly 8 million viewers last night (October 3), according to overnight data.

The BBC One dancing show nabbed 7.92 million (38%) and peaked with 8.95 million (43.1%) at around 7.30pm, despite competition from the Rugby World Cup.

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England's defeat at the hands of Australia had an average audience of 7.98 million (36.5%) on ITV, with a peak of 10.96 million (45.5%) towards the climax of the match at 9.30pm.

Elsewhere on BBC One, Doctor Who episode 'Under the Lake' drew 3.74 million (16.3%) from 8.25pm before Casualty treated 3.77 million (17%) afterwards.

Doctor Who in crisis? The big questions facing the Saturday night sci-fi

On BBC Two, repeats of Dad's Army and Cradle to Grave managed 1.47 million (6.4%) and 542k (2.4%) respectively.

Channel 4's Celebrity Benchmark with Paddy McGuinness appealed to only 288k (1.4%) in the 7pm hour. Britain's Best
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UK TV ratings: Doctor Who falls to 3.7 million, as Rugby World Cup dominates with 8.4 million

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

Doctor Who fell to below 4 million viewers on BBC One last night, according to overnight data.

Facing competition from the Rugby World Cup on ITV (8.41 million/38.3%), 'The Witch's Familiar' appealed to an audience of 3.71 million (16.6%) from 7.45pm.

Strictly Come Dancing earlier averaged 7.66 million (39.7%) from 6.15pm.

Later on, The National Lottery: In It to Win It and Casualty were watched by 3.03 million (13.4%) and 3.8 million (17.4%) respectively.

On BBC Two, a Dad's Army repeat entertained 1.6 million (7.3%), and Midnight's Children logged 705k (3.2%) from 8.15pm.

Over on Channel 4, Paddy McGuinness's Celebrity Benchmark began with 546k (2.7%) in the 7pm hour, before Snow White and the Huntsman averaged 912k (4.1%).

Channel 5's Now That's Funny! amused 734k (3.2%) from 8pm, and Football League Tonight continued with 309k (1.4%).
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UK TV ratings: The X Factor dips to 7 million as the auditions come to an end

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

The X Factor dipped to a new Saturday low this series, according to overnight data.

The ITV singing contest was watched by 7 million (32.2%) last night (September 19) - a drop of more than 500,000 compared to last Saturday's figures - as the auditions came to an end. 321k (1.6%) tuned in on +1.

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Doctor Who series 9 premiere 'The Magician's Apprentice' watched by 4.6 million viewers

Elsewhere on ITV, Keep It in the Family and Through the Keyhole averaged 3.28 million (18%) and 2.96 million (16%) respectively.

On BBC One, Doctor Who series nine premiere 'The Magician's Apprentice' appealed to only 4.58 million (2.1%), down more than 2 million from last year's opener.

The National Lottery: In It to Win It earned 3.01 million (14.1%), before Casualty took a decent 4.34 million (22.%).

BBC Two aired a night of repeats, with Dad's Army drawing 1.46 million (6.8%) from 8.30pm.
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UK TV ratings: Strictly Come Dancing comfortably comes out on top against The X Factor

UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Strictly Come Dancing handily beat The X Factor, as BBC One's hit programme returned to impressive numbers.

The 13th series' launch show was watched by 8.69 million (41.7%) from 7.15pm - and improved year on year, topping last year's opening figure of 8.43 million.

Strictly also peaked with 9.47 million (45.2%) at around 8pm.

By contrast, The X Factor lagged behind on ITV with 7.13 million (32.8%) with a further 389k (2%) on +1, but remained steady with last Saturday's live figure of 7.11 million.

At 8.15pm, when the two shows briefly overlapped, Strictly enjoyed an audience of 9.04 million (40.1%) compared to The X Factor's 5.44 million (24.1%).

Earlier on BBC One, Pointless Celebrities entertained 3.99 million (23.3%) and The National Lottery: Five Star Family Reunion managed 3.84 million (18%).

Casualty then impressed with 4.79 million and a 25% share from 9.30pm.

On BBC Two, repeats of Dad's Army and Goodness Gracious pulled in 1.46 million (6.8%) and 730k (3.5%) respectively,
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Downton Abbey has gained another royal fan in the form of Queen Elizabeth II

Downton Abbey already counts the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge among its fans, and now one more member of the Royal Family can reportedly be added to that list.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Queen Elizabeth II is a big fan of the ITV show - and also one of its biggest critics.

"[The Queen] loves watching Downton Abbey and pointing out things they have got wrong, partly because she is familiar with Highclere Castle, where it is filmed," author and royal chronicler Brian Hoey told the newspaper.

"She is the same when she is watching anything on television. In one programme she was watching, the Queen noticed that a British officer was wearing medals that were from the wrong era. It was set in the First World War but the medals he was wearing did not come in until the Second World War."

Hoey also added that Her Majesty enjoys watching Dad's Army,
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Boy Meets Girl: Have your say on BBC Two's trailblazing new sitcom

BBC Two launched a new comedy double-bill tonight, with Danny Baker's '70s-set Cradle To Grave giving way to the thoroughly modern Boy Meets Girl.

Written by Simon Carlyle, Elliot Kerrigan and Andrew Mettam, Boy Meets Girl is the first British sitcom to feature a transgender character - played by a transgender actor - in the lead.

The six-part series charts the romance between Judy (Rebecca Root) and Leo (Harry Hepple) - and the difficulties they come up against as others come to terms with their relationship.

Kristian Smith - BBC Commissioning Editor - described the show as a "heart-warming romantic comedy" that also promotes "affirming messages of humanity and acceptance."

Digital Spy wants to know what you thought of Boy Meets Girl - was the show a breath of fresh air? Did you fall head over heels for Judy and Leo?

Join the conversation in the comments below.
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