Cast and crew from classic sitcom Dad’s Army will be joining Jonathan Ross on Sunday as the BBC celebrates the show’s 40th anniversary with a multi-platform tribute.
On Jonathan Ross Salutes Dad’s Army the presenter interviews writers David Croft and Jimmy Perry plus surviving cast members including Ian Lavender, Bill Pertwee, Pamela Cundell and Frank Williams who played the Reverend Timothy Farthing.
Saturday (2nd August) BBC Two will be a night of Dad’s Army including the 1971 movie, classic episode Branded in which the bravery of the gentle, well-mannered Private Godfrey is questioned and Mum’s Army which sees Captain Mainwaring encouraging Walmington-on-Sea’s women to join the platoon.
Victoria Wood presents Don’t Panic! The Dad’s Army Story which tells the true story behind Britian’s favourite comedy, with footage of the cast on location and incredible personal tales about the making of the series.
Ending the night’s celebrations is the documentary Reputations: Arthur Lowe which explores the man behind the pompous leader of Warmington-on-Sea Home Guard.
Online the BBC Archives remembers the show by releasing many never-before-seen documents and pictures which tell the story behind one of the UK’s most-loved comedy series
This new collection contains many items not available to the public until now, including candid post-war letters from the actors as they began their careers and internal BBC memos that show just how popular the series was right from the start.
The Dad’s Army collection launches at bbc.co.uk/archive/dadsarmy on 30 July 2008 with 24 images and 18 documents.