Saturday 20 January 2018

Dad's Army creator Jimmy Perry dies aged 93 after short illness

Jimmy Perry created a host of popular TV shows, including Dad's Army and Hi-de-Hi!
Jimmy Perry created a host of popular TV shows, including Dad's Army and Hi-de-Hi!

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

Perry, who worked closely with producer David Croft and was also responsible for Hi-de-Hi! and You Rang M'Lord?, died on Sunday morning at his home, his agent said.

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.

People who worked with Perry and fans of his shows said he has left a great legacy.

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

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.

"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."

Actress Vicki Michelle, who has previously said Perry, Croft and 'Allo 'Allo writer Jeremy Lloyd were "largely responsible for the golden age of British comedy", tweeted: "So sad we have lost #JimmyPerry a brilliant comedy writer & true gentleman. He leaves us such a legacy."

Tim Hancock said of Perry: "As his agent of many years, I have never met anyone as generous, dignified, funny and with as big a heart as Jimmy. He will be sadly missed."

He said the screenwriter had died surrounded by loved ones.

Perry may have been best known for Dad's Army but he regarded It Ain't Half Hot Mum as his and Croft's funniest sitcom.

He once dismissed criticism of the show, set in India, saying it was considered racist "because of ignorance".

Ian Lavender, who played Private Pike in Dad's Army, said Perry's death is "the end of an era".

He said: "I am sorry to hear about Jimmy. He has been a part of my life for such a long time, half of an amazing partnership (with Croft).

"It is certainly the end of an era, and of course brings back many wonderful memories, lots of good times together with much shared laughter. I will miss him being here."

Press Association

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